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JOB SEARCH / OCT. 14, 2014
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Top 5 Worst Mistakes Jobseekers Make

Hunting for a job is not the easiest thing to do. It’s stressful, making it easy to rush the process. When you’re not employed, it’s normal to feel anxious about the future. However, think logically about the job seeking process. You want to give yourself the best chance of achieving your final goal; getting hired by a company you respect, for a position you’re excited about.

 Top Five Mistakes Job Seekers Make

When looking for a job, there are common mistakes made. You may be guilty of some of these mistakes without even knowing. Once you understand the most common mistakes, you can focus on areas that will ensure success. You can find a position that fits your skill set and experience, you just need to know where to look.

 

Mistake One: Looking only for job ’openings’

It’s very common to look on job boards for available positions, however some of the best jobs will not be listed. Instead of focusing on positions that are ’open,’ seek out opportunities. If there’s a company or potential position you feel as though you’re a good fit for, approach management.

Although they may not have advertised a position, they’ll hire you if there’s an opening and you’re a good match. Some companies will even create a position for someone that’s a great fit. Businesses are always looking for employees that will give them an edge or benefit them in some way.

Every company is always looking. That is how companies grow and develop. They’re always looking for the next step, and that next step may be you and what you offer. Be confident in your abilities, what are your key skills? Once you figure this out, you can approach companies of your choice and ask for any upcoming opportunities.

 

Mistake Two: Being too broad in your search

It’s not about finding any job, it’s about finding the right job. You want a job that provides you with potential growth. There are certain factors that should be met, so do not rush this process. It can be stressful, so you’ll want to find something as soon as possible.

However, it’s better to wait for the right job. If you rush it, you may commit to a job that isn’t for you. Then, you’ll have to start the job search all over again. Focus your time and energy on specific opportunities that will enhance your experience and develop your career.

 

Mistake Three: Not planning your job search properly

Some people plan more effectively for Christmas presents and vacations than their job search. So, you need to make an action plan. Where will you start? How will you track your progress? Make sure you’re focusing on a set time frame each day, focusing on finding a job.

Do not treat your job hunt as a general process; have a specific objective. Which industry are you going to focus on? Which companies would benefit from what you can offer? Know which direction you’re trying to head in. Planning is essential, as luck cannot always be on your side.

 

Mistake Four: Not researching the company

When you’re approaching a company that you would like to work for, make sure you have done your research. Take the time needed in order to gain crucial information. What’s the company’s mission? What strengths do they display, and do you notice any weaknesses? If so, can you add something of value to those weaknesses?

Basically, do your homework. Show the company that you are driven and thorough. If you understand the vision and mission of the company, you can get much further within an interview. If you can suggest anything to benefit the company, do so. This will be sure to impress, showing that you’re a forward thinker.

 

Mistake Five: Only have one copy of your CV

When job hunting, you’ll be applying to multiple companies. Instead of blasting out tons of generic CV’s, focus on specifics. Each company will be looking for different things. They will have different visions, strengths, and dynamics. When companies differ, how can you maintain one, consistent CV? This is most certainly a mistake that many individuals make.

Each CV should reflect you, relating to the company you’re applying for. You want to match your CV’s content with what that company is looking for. You may have a wide array of skills and experience; focus on the position you’re seeking. Choose set skills and experiences, showing that you’re a good match for that particular position. You should also write an informative, specific cover letter.

 

You can find that job you’re looking for, you just need to focus. You do not, and should not settle for a position you’re not thrilled to take. You spend a lot of time and energy at work, so put a lot of effort into the job hunting process. Seek out opportunity and act upon it. Avoid the most common mistakes, increasing your chances of success.

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