How to Avoid 5 Common Mistakes Virtually All
Job-Seekers Make During the Job Search Process
Many Las Vegas job-seekers find their
job-search dragging out for weeks, months and sometimes years; yet
they fail to understand why.
What they often don't realize is they
may be sabotaging themselves and falling prey to the five common
mistakes virtually all job-seekers make.
These mistakes can be difficult to
identify, and many job-seekers don't even realize they're making
Ultimately, they do cause a job search
to drag on for far longer than it otherwise would, potentially causing
unnecessary stress and unhappiness for the job-seeker.
If you give careful attention to detail
and proactively strategize your plan, these mistakes can be avoided.
In fact, they can be eliminated!
These common mistakes occur due to
lack of awareness about how the job-search process works, and some
are due to faulty thinking.
These are all behaviors that can be
changed. Also, by doing something as simple as paying attention
to how you feel or by writing out (documenting) an action plan a
lot of these mistakes can be avoided.
It's known that by avoiding these
five mistakes, you can accelerate the job-search process and increase
your chances of getting interviewed.
Mistake #1 Having a bad attitude.
One of the biggest mistakes job-seekers
make to sabotage their job search is to have a negative attitude
about making the job-search process a full-time endeavor.
Anger about the current employment status you're in doesn't change
If you carry emotional baggage with you it will only serve to become
a disadvantage for you while you look for a new employer.
Don't let your negative attitude of your previous employer surface
and become apparent to other people you talk to; especially when
you're conducting interviews.
Any anger or disappointment you feel about your job search needs
to be worked out in private on your own time. Identify the pain
that's underneath the anger and work on that first.
Talk to friends and family, and write down how you feel. Remember
this: thoughts precede feelings. Document how you feel, and try
to uncover what thoughts are fueling your anger.
This will help clear the slate so you can meet the challenges of
the job- search-process with enthusiasm and focused attention.
Remember, an employer isn't going to want to hire someone who is
openly bitter or has resentment towards a previous employer.
Mistake #2 Becoming too passive.
Too many job-seekers wait for opportunities
to come to them.
All too often, they tell their friends
and family they need a job and wait for those contacts to find one
for them, or they wait for a business they'd like to work for to
post a help wanted ad. Big mistake!
A common observation we see
is the job seeker who fills out an application or sends a resume,
then waits and waits to get a call back. Don't do this! You need
to keep proactively prospecting.
For a job search to be effective,
you must be proactive. You must also know where
to look for jobs other than the Sunday paper.
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Also, for starters, tell your friends
and family what you are looking for. Build a list and go out and
make more contacts - build your own network of contacts outside
of family and friends.
Contact businesses you're interested
in, even if they have no current job listings. Make the initial
contact to put you on their radar.
If you've sent a resume or a letter
of inquiry and haven't heard anything within 30 days, call to follow
If you must leave a message, leave
one stating you're following up and will call back again. Know this;
don't expect the business to get back to you.
Mistake #3 - Lack of focus on the process
Many job seekers give into desperation
and apply for any and all jobs in hopes that they'll hit a target.
The problem with this is they're applying
for jobs which they may not be qualified for. Also, some of these
jobs may be jobs that their resume is not targeted for and jobs
they probably won't be happy in.
In the end, this amounts to being
a huge waste of time.
Rather than scatter your focus in
every direction, focus on what you want to do and what you're qualified
You don't have to know what it (the
job) is called immediately. This can be discovered through research.
Once you've found what jobs you're
potentially qualified for, research companies that have (or may
have in the future) positions you're qualified for.
Then you can focus your efforts not
only on what you really want to do, but on the places where you
can do what you want to do. Ultimately, this will get you far better
Mistake #4 Failure to create multiple functional
Using the wrong resume or using a
resume at the wrong time can be a costly mistake. Have more than
one resume. If you need help with a resume, cover letter or other
forms of communication, we can you help you.
Failure to use a resume tailored for
the job you're apply for is one of the biggest mistakes you'll ever
make. Our staff sees this simple (and easily correctable) mistake
being made all the time.
A resume that's not focused is more
likely to be tossed out than to be considered seriously. Even worse
is to use a resume tailored for a job other than what you're applying
This gives the potential employer
an unfavorable impression, one you certainly don't want to leave!
Mistake #5 Failure to follow-up more than
Follow-up is perhaps one of the most
important things you can do. Surprisingly, it's not done every single
time, nor is it usually done more than one time with each employer.
A smart way to get an interview after
sending a resume is to ask for a meeting. After that interview,
you need to continue contacting the employer until they've given
you a definitive yes or no answer.
Remember, staying persistent (not
overtly aggressive) shows that you're dedicated to wanting an employment
opportunity with the prospective employer.
Not 'bothering' the employer may seem
polite on the surface, but in reality, you need to be persistent
without being demanding.
Finally, by avoiding these 5 simple
mistakes, you'll significantly increase your probability of find