JOB SEARCH / FEB. 25, 2015
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5 Deadly Sins of Jobseekers

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Unless you are not careful enough, there are many mistakes you can make when looking for a job. But which are the most deadly ones you can make that could eliminate you from the competition? Here are the most deadly mistakes you may be inclined to make when looking for a new role and how to avoid them:

#1 Failing to plan

One of the most common mistakes jobseekers make is failing to plan their job search. If you are one of those candidates, it is high time that you change your strategy because everything you do requires a plan or else it’s going to fall apart. In order to have better results, you need to organise your time effectively and target the right jobs that best accommodate your career plans. Also, create a CV tailored to each position and find ways to approach the employers you are interested in, e.g. through career fairs, giving them a call or asking for an informational interview.

#2 Not monitoring your job search

While this is directly associated with following a clear plan, it requires that you monitor your job search progress. Instead of just sending out your CV, keep track of the applications you complete each day so that you have an idea of which jobs you have already applied for. Apart from keeping a log, it would be helpful to write down the name and contact details of each company representative you have talked to for future reference. You never know when you might need to call them back.

#3 Failing to make a good first impression

The first impression is what really counts towards establishing your personal brand – in other words, your value to the company. A cover letter can actually help you make a good first impression provided that it demonstrates your key strengths effectively. In order to do that you need to, research the company and read the job description thoroughly. This will help you pinpoint important keywords you can use in your cover letter to make it as relevant as possible to the job.

#4 Interviewing without preparation

Attending a job interview without any preparation whatsoever is a guarantee for failure. How are you going to convince employers you want to work for them if you know nothing about what they do? Make it your top priority to research the company and learn how to prepare for an interview in order to increase your chances of getting the job. Once you are prepared for your interview, you will also be able to control your nerves better!

#5 Not taking advantage of social media

Recent surveys revealed that social media are soon to become the most popular recruitment tool! This means that by not taking advantage of social media and other professional networks such as LinkedIn, you are only making it more difficult for yourself to find a job. Go online, connect with employers and introduce yourself in order to let them know you are interested in working with them.

As a jobseeker, you need to ensure your job search techniques are effective in order to maximise your chances of getting hired! Make sure you are monitoring your job hunting efforts, you are planning in advance, and you are taking advantage of any available resources that can make your job search easier!

Are you a job seeker? What’s the worst mistake you have ever done as part of your job search? Let us know in the comment section below!

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