Are you looking for a job? If you have been searching for several months with no success, it may be because you are doing things wrong.
Here is a list of bad job search behaviors that can keep you looking indefinitely:
Don’t network. You’ve heard it before. Most people get their jobs through networking. But a lot of people still struggle with actually networking. The best jobs are found through your network. If you become so consumed with your daily grind that you neglect your network, you could be missing out on great opportunities that people in your network hear about. You won’t be top of mind because you haven’t stayed in touch. So schedule some follow-up with your networking contacts on a regular basis so that you will have a steady stream of information about job opportunities.
Only apply to jobs through job boards. Almost everyone else in your field is using job boards to find jobs just like you are. You have the most competition for posted positions when you use job boards. A Wall Street Journal shared a surprising statistic about the efficacy of job boards for job seekers. Job boards have only a 13% success rate for helping job hunters find new positions. Given this reality, you should not spend the majority of your time looking for jobs on job boards because it is not the best job search method.
Make yourself hard (or impossible) to find online. According to Adweek, 92% of recruiters now scour online sources for additional information on candidates. Positive online information about you will improve your job prospects since that is what recruiters will be looking for to determine who they call for an interview. Social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook rank high on the search engines, so make sure that you represent yourself well on these sites. If you don’t, you could be eliminating yourself from consideration for many jobs.
Confuse employers as to what you’re looking for. Job hunters who have several different areas of expertise can fall into the trap of giving mixed messages on their resumes as well as their profiles in terms of what their job target is. You must determine what types of positions you are targeting, and your resume and profile should reflect that focus. If you don’t do this before creating your job search tools, you will not be effective in attracting employers.
Assume that you interview well. Some job seekers believe that because they have the gift of gab, they do well at interviewing. But that is not necessarily the case. You will need to practice your answers to commonly asked interview questions so that you come across as a well-prepared candidate. Interviewers usually start with the statement, “Tell me about yourself,” so you should be prepared to speak about your qualifications as they relate to the position. Let the interviewer know from the start that you are right for this position.
Don’t distinguish yourself from the competition. You should have a professional resume that highlights accomplishments. A resume without crisply worded, powerful accomplishment statements is not likely to be noticed. Many job seekers make the mistake of simply listing their duties. But a laundry list of duties makes a job seeker sound like everyone else who has done similar work. Accomplishments distinguish you from your competition. And they show that you have actually made a contribution to the organization’s bottom line.
Assume that what worked in the past will work in the future. You may have been very successful in the past when it came to finding new employment. But if you haven’t looked for a job recently, you may not be up to date on what is required now in terms of job search. After all, social media wasn’t part of the job search scene 10 years ago. And resumes are written differently now. Not knowing what you don’t know about job search can kill your chances of landing that next job. Your qualifications may be flawless, but if you don’t know how to present yourself online and in person, someone else may be chosen for the job instead of you.
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