better?” Beginning a job search can be stressful, and even scary at times, but chances are being stressed out or scared aren’t going to pay your bills. Here are 6 mistakes to avoid during your job search to help you alleviate the stress and land your next job.
1. Lack of Prep Work- Beginning your job search without a plan can lead to additional stress and
an empty use of precious time. Both of which can result in not locating appropriate jobs to apply
to. Create a successful job search plan by first understanding what your needs and wants are,
organizing them from most important to least (including location and industry as well as
position type), and documenting your successes and failures.
2. Lack of Confidence- Seeming desperate, or unsure of yourself gives the impression that you
don’t truly believe that you would be a great fit for the position you are applying to or
interviewing for. Practicing interview introductions and questions. Have an answer for the top
interview and screening questions, and understand your resume and the position description so
that you can portray confidence during the job hunt and application process, even if you’re
trembling on the inside.
3. Oversharing/Undersharing- This goes back to appropriately targeting your resume. When you
include information that has nothing to do with your career plan, is severely outdated, or you
omit information that might be important to the skills needed for the position you’re applying
for, you aren’t giving an accurate picture of who you are and what you are capable of doing. This
goes for phone screenings and in-person interviews as well.
4. Not Utilizing your Network- Networking is the number 1 way to secure your next job. Why not
reach out to the people around you (both online and in-person)? Society today has technology
at their fingertips, but many people still don’t utilize that when looking for a career. Don’t have a
LinkedIn or Facebook, that’s okay, talk to your friends or friends of friends, or think about
creating one. Your network should consist of people who not only know you but who also have
similar interests, career options or can lead you to the next stage of your life. Don’t be shy, ask if
anyone knows of anyone hiring for what you’re looking for.
5. Inappropriate Use of Your Qualifications- If you do not have a current list of the skills and
qualifications you possess as an employee, start one. This allows you to look at what you’re
capable of at a glance, and it also allows you to make those difficult decisions when it comes to
choosing jobs to apply to. Applying to jobs that are out of your skill set or qualifications can add
to the mounting frustration of searching for a job in general, so make sure that you understand
what qualifications you have and what would be a stretch. Applying to jobs outside of your skill
set can lead to unanswered applications or generic rejection emails.
6. Expecting Your Dream Job to Miraculously Appear- I say it all the time, “help me, help you”, I
don’t know your every skill or work history so, while I can guide you in your search, I cannot
simply find you a job. Even if I could just give you a job, who’s to say you would enjoy it. You’ll
need to put the work in to secure your next job, or promotion, which can include asking for help
in creating your job search process, and finding where you’re going wrong in your current plan.
Searching for a job, like most things, is a process. If you focus on one step at a time, work the process, and stay positive you’ll land that job you’ve been looking for. For more help with your job search process, check out our live training here.
Written by: Phylicia Vallier, CASY & MSCCN Training Specialist