Most Common Job Search Mistakes
27 Nov 2010
After being involved in interviews, testing and all aspects of recruiting for
sometime now I come across so many avoidable mistakes made by job
seekers. Here are some of the most common job search mistakes.
The aim of providing these insights is to help job seekers improve their
chances of landing the jobs they desire.
Lack of Focus
Is that new job an opportunity to create your future or just another
meal ticket? Don't be so desperate that you come across as a
jack-of-all-trades. Widen your opportunity net but not in the mould of
"anything-goes-anything-will-do". Employers and clients have no regard
for masters of nothing. Identify your strengths, interests and target
markets. Be targeted in your efforts. Let your purpose and direction
Using materials that do not persuade
Your job search documents should inform and persuade. Too many submit
CVs that are more about their life history than selling them for the job
opportunity – usually something akin to “the life and times of Ali Baba”. Use
your CV to position yourself
above the competition. The process isn't just about submission of
documents, or getting the right e-mail contact; it's most importantly
about selling yourself. Focus on your achievements and abilities that
Address the job requirements by letting your presence and materials persuade decision makers that you are the best person for the job.
Associations are great but not enough for a job search that works. A big
mistake job candidates make is to burn bridges with those who know them.
Opportunity is never only about who knows you. Your connections will only open doors
for you if haven’t burnt your bridges with them. Do your friends, family
and acquaintances trust and like you? Getting recommendations from your
contacts is a lot
easier if you don't leave bad blood on your trail.
Taking things personally
The job search is not always a smooth road. Job seekers unfortunately do
not respond appropriately to the downs. Hearing “NO” can sting. It can
be hard to take. But you can’t sell yourself effectively by taking
rejection personal. Setbacks are part of the cost of searching for
opportunity. Just had a rough encounter? Stay at your positive high energy level and think beyond
yourself. Appreciate that others will see things different from you. The
earlier you learn that everything is not about you, the sooner you'll
bounce back after disappointment. Learn from the good and the bad. Keep
the faith and always focus on the positives.
Treating your job search as a rush job
In their haste to respond to job vacancies, too many job seekers don’t
put in enough quality effort and time into the job search. Your
application letter can make the difference between obtaining a
job/opportunity interview and having your marketing materials thrown
out. Developing your CV and writing effective cover letters are not rush
jobs. Quality helps you make a good first impression.
Not being Organized
Lack of organization continually hinders job search. It makes no sense
to pay attention
only on one key aspect of the hunt while neglecting other important
areas. You need to coordinate your effort to make your search
worthwhile. There is really no point in attending interviews and
sending in job applications if your CV and other marketing materials
contain spelling and grammatical mistakes.
Failure to Research
Interest in jobs is not enough. Have you done your research on the
company and the job opportunity? It pays to understand the company’s
mission as well as the specified job description and objectives. Doing your
research shows your interest in the company and the job while improving
your level of preparedness. However, good research doesn't limit you to more
knowledge on the company; it also let’s you know whether the opportunity
is what you need.
Overloading of CVs
The objective of the resume is to get you the interview. Why clog your
CV with excess details? Don’t overload your CV with your entire life
history. Information overload is never in your interest. Leave the details for the interview. Make your CV simple and
clear – presentable and containing relevant substance - with the right
self-marketing focus to land you the interview.
Refusing to be Entrepreneurial
You get nothing in life without taking risks. Getting the job you desire
is no exception. A large number of job seekers look for handouts. We
need to wake up! There are no
guarantees or silver bullets. Nobody owes us anything. Whether your
desire is for paid employment or running your own business, you must
think entrepreneurial - accept educated risk, sell yourself, have a desire to learn as
well as a genuine interest in service and people.
I look forward to contributing more tips in future. Opportunity is just
a day away. I wish you the best.
Awe is the Founder of Jidaw.com (http://www.jidaw.com)
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