Job Search Mistake #6

We asked our team what they see as the biggest or most frequent mistakes made by job seekers, so to ensure you’re conducting a productive job search check back each week as we review the top 10 mistakes people make, and how to avoid them!

6) Job seeking behavior that places the job seekers’ needs before the employer’s.

For a hiring manager, this is my pet bugaboo. Employers are primarily interested in what you can do for their organization, not what they can do for you. Does the objective statement on your resume read something like this: ” Desire a position with a company in which I am able to utilize my skills and experience with an opportunity to grow and advance.” If it does, you may be saying that you are more interested in what they can do for you versus what you can do for them.

When interviewing you need to focus on selling yourself to a company and how you can help them solve key problems. Until offered a job, don’t ask questions about benefits, pay, or growth opportunities. Ask not what the company can do for you, but what you can do for the company.

Previous Posts
#7 Resumes that describe primarily routine job responsibilities and tasks rather then accomplishments.
#8 Job seekers are not specific about the kinds of jobs they want making the job search process less effective.
#9 Job seekers do not always take advantage of available support and resources.
#10 Job seekers do not take an honest self-inventory of what they have to offer an employer.

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