We asked our team what they see as the biggest or most frequent mistakes made by job seekers. Many people make these mistakes without even knowing it, so it is important to be aware of your habits and make sure you’re conducting a productive job search. Check back next week as we continue reviewing the top 10 mistakes people make, and how to avoid them!
4) Not conducting a job search as if it were a full-time job.
One of the hardest jobs in the world is looking for a job when you don’t have one. That’s why job seeking is a full-time job with overtime. It is a numbers game; the more people you talk to, the more resumes you send, the more interviews you go on, the greater the chance you will succeed in getting the type of job you are searching for in the shortest period of time. But the vast majority of job seekers conduct a job search as if it were a part-time job or as if they are on vacation. They send out a couple of resumes a week, attend a networking event once or twice a month, and are lucky to get two or three interviews over several months, as a result.
Establishing daily and weekly networking and job application goals, customizing and documenting the application process, and following up on leads and previous contacts made require discipline, organization, motivation, and hard work Monday through Friday (and an occasional weekend!).
#5 Lack of salesmanship and going the extra mile to differentiate yourself.
#6 Job seeking behavior that places the job seekers’ needs before the employer’s.
#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.