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Job Search Mistakes
Looking for a job can be a long and difficult process. But many job-seekers make the process even more difficult with some common mistakes. Forbes outlines these mistakes – and how to avoid them.
Not being prepared. Don’t rush into your job search. Give some thought to what you are qualified to do and what you would like to do. Consider things like whether – and where – you might be willing to relocate. Make a list of people you know who might be able to help you.
Counting too much on one opportunity. Even if you are confident that you will get a job for which you have applied, don’t stop following up other opportunities. If you get the job, great. But if it falls through for some reason – and there are many things that can cause an opportunity to fall through – you won’t have to start all over from scratch.
Getting discouraged. Everyone has days in which they make no progress in their job search. You can’t let those days get you down. Remind yourself that not every day can bring success and that you have to keep working to build a better future for yourself.
Getting distracted. There are tons of things you could do instead of looking for a job. These range from work at the job you already have to work around the house to going out with your friends. But it is important to stay focused on your job search. Of course you need to avoid being fired from your current job, and of course you need to do your laundry. But remember that looking for a better job is one of the most important things on your to-do list.
Failing to have someone review your resume. Few things can torpedo a job search like a resume that is poorly written or full of errors. Have a few people whose opinion you trust look over your resume for spelling or other errors, for readability and to ensure that it lists all your relevant skills.
Not using different approaches. Don’t use only one approach to look for opportunities. Tap everything you can: online job sites, talking to people you know and networking with people you don’t know. Always be alert for someone who might be able to offer you a contact, some advice or even a job.
Not tailoring your resume. It’s great if you have a variety of skills, because it means you can pursue many different kinds of opportunities. But tailor your resume to highlight what each particular employer wants. Showcase the education, experience and skills you have that make you a good fit for that specific job.
Having unrealistic expectations. Your expectations for your job search can be either too broad or too narrow. Don’t apply for jobs for which you clearly are not a good fit. But on the other hand, don’t restrict yourself too severely; try thinking a little outside the box.
Becoming isolated. Don’t forget to take some time for yourself and to stay in touch with your family and friends. It is good for your mental health. And who knows – you might make a contact while you are at the gym or out with friends that could help with your search.