Searching for a new job is hard. The effort, concentration, and work can make any job seeker give up. It requires time and effort, but if you know what you are doing, your search should be simpler than it has to be. From recent college graduates to experienced professionals, many people tend to make the same mistakes when looking for their new job, making the whole thing harder than it has to be. Check out these five common mistakes that job seekers make and how to avoid them!
Your search for a new career should not consist of blasting your resume to every company that interests you. Many candidates feel that getting their resume to every company and applying will increase their odds of getting hired; it won’t. Carefully mapping out a plan with target companies, making connections in those organizations, and then choosing a specific career path with positions you’re qualified for is the right way to increase your odds of getting hired. Resume blasting will most likely lead you to dead ends.
If you are applying for a job through the internet, don’t submit the same resume. Instead, customize your resume for each position by comparing the relevant keywords in the job posting to those in your resume. Customizing your resume will help a recruiter match your skills to the skills they are looking for and increase your chance of a phone call or an interview – even though what you’re applying to is called a job board.
Whether you are looking for a new job or not, it’s never a bad idea to let people know that you are looking. Post your resume on LinkedIn and join Twitter, Facebook groups, and other networks dedicated to connecting professionals with employers. The more connections you have, the better chance you have of meeting someone who can help advance your career.
The importance of being prepared for an interview can’t be overstated. Research the company you’re interviewing at, learn about the person conducting the interview if you can, practice tough interview questions, and speak about your experience clearly and confidently.
It is important to follow up with everyone. Take the extra time to thank the person for their time and help them remember you by following up via email or phone call. This is a clear way to show gratitude for the individual’s time (a potential connection) and position you as a reliable professional.