JOB SEARCH / DEC. 02, 2014
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4 Signs You Are a Lazy Jobseeker

If you are currently looking for a job, you might want to check if you are doing it right. Apparently, there are some job hunting related activities could make you look like a very lazy jobseeker in the eyes of potential employers.

Not being aware of what makes you a lazy jobseeker is what will likely diminish your chances of getting the job you want. This article will help you rethink the way you have been applying for jobs in the past and become more efficient.

Here are some lazy jobseeker mistakes you should avoid:

#1 Not spending enough time

One of the biggest mistakes jobseekers make is not spending enough time searching for a job online. For the majority of cases, an hour is just simply not enough in order to a) find the job vacancies you are interested in b) tailor your CV and Cover Letter for the specific role and c) apply for the position. Make a plan on how many hours you are more likely to spend on your job search daily and try to follow that schedule.  

#2 Making clumsy mistakes

Making clumsy mistakes is perhaps the most obvious lazy habit of a job seeker. Things like not checking the name of the company, misspelling the recruiter’s name or applying for an entirely different position as described on your cover letter are catastrophic. Make sure that you proofread your cover letter and CV before submitting your application as this makes you look careless and not interested in the position.

#3 Asking irrelevant questions

If you are not sure of what questions to make during a job interview, don’t ask any.  It is better to say nothing instead of asking unnecessary and irrelevant questions.  Provided that you already know who the employer is, questions like ‘What does your company do?’ are simply unacceptable. This means that you haven’t bothered doing any research prior to the appointment.

#4 Misusing social media

Another important mistake jobseekers like you make, is misusing social networks. Instead of using LinkedIn or other professional networks to connect with people within their industry, they tend to just state the fact that they are “looking for a job” or “seeking employment” on their FB or Twitter status updates. However, real networking takes a lot more work from your behalf and requires a certain amount of time. Unfortunately, LinkedIn on its own can’t find a job for you. If you have a LinkedIn profile, here is what you can do:

  • Follow the companies you are interested in.
  • Connect with people from the same industry.
  • Join groups relevant to your field.
  • Start or join a conversation as part of a group.

If you are serious about finding your dream job, you need to put some real effort into your job search. In order to be successful, try avoiding these jobseeker mistakes at all costs! Remember that a successful job search is a separate skill on its own; a skill that can be mastered with continuous practice and persistent.

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