Sunday, April 22, 2012

Common Job Search Mistakes

Here is a list of 7 common job search mistakes.  If you have anything that should be added please feel free to add a comment at the end of the article.  Also be sure to subscribe at the top of the page below the big blue arrow to receive exclusive content.  

1. Resume does not have relevant accomplishments.   Before you apply take a moment and review the job description in detail to determine what things the employer wants.  Each and every bullet point should address a concern mentioned in the job description.  For more information on how to handle this process checkout my “Tips fora Successful Job Search” article. 

2. Lack consistent branding message.   Social media sites provide a great way to showcase how you are different so take advantage of this and ensure your summary page on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+ all have a consistent message and picture.

3. Poor use of keywords.  Both corporate and agency recruiters use the internet to find candidates.  In order to ensure you get noticed include around 20 common keywords in both your resume and if possible on your social networking websites.  Checkout my article “Think Before you Send” for more information. 

4. Have weak cover letter.  The cover letter should be used to either address a job specific point that the resume cannot fully address or beef up a weakness in your profile.  Most of the time people use it to only present what is already in their resume – buck the trend. 

5. Only using job boards to find opportunities.  In addition to using role specific job boards reach out to your networks and contact industry specific recruiters to get your name out there.  Further develop a list of 10 firms were you want to work and find contact information for those firms and contact them; LinkedIn is great resource for this process. 

6. Bad mouthing a past employer or appearing disinterested.  These are the two most common interview mistakes people make in an interview - don’t do these.  Also, be sure to have a list of relevant questions to ask; the more specific they are to the job the better.  One final note I want to stress, it is important to be excited during an interview and have a positive attitude; this can carry you a long way. 

7. Not sending a thank you letter.  End the process on a positive note and send a hand written thank you letter or card.  Use the thank you letter or card as an opportunity to address any interview blunders or reaffirm any positives. 

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  1. The majority of successful candidates find their positions through networking--not by sitting back and waiting for online job boards to deliver offers to their desktop.

    1. I could not have said it better myself. Thanks.