Job hunting is a difficult, stressful experience for anyone. Unsurprisingly, many people approach job search incorrectly and end up with an unsatisfactory job, or no job at all. Here are some key job hunting mistakes to avoid when looking for a job.
Waiting for something good to happen.
While it is not unheard of for a job to just fall into someone’s lap, that is certainly not the norm. Successful people make their own opportunities. A related job hunting mistake is to rely on friends, family and other contacts to find you a job. While you absolutely should use your personal network of contacts in any job search, relying on someone else to do all of the work for you will lead you nowhere. Be proactive and do your own job hunting.
Applying for too few jobs.
Particularly in today’s economy, most applications will not lead to an interview, and most interviews will not result in a successful hiring. As the old saying goes, do not put all of your eggs in one basket. People who apply for just a few jobs find themselves crushed when those few applications do not result in offers. Having plenty of possible opportunities increases the odds that one will work out and takes away much of the sting of rejection.
Using a scattergun approach.
Whilst you shouldn’t make the job search mistake of only applying for a few jobs, nor should you apply generally for everything that is vaguely related to work you could do. Every job application should be tailored to that specific job, and you just can’t do that if you applying for tens of jobs every week.
Aiming too low or too high.
Many people approach job hunting with a pessimistic mindset. These people apply for jobs that are far below their abilities and qualifications. These people may get jobs, but they are unhappy with their pay and responsibilities. On the other hand, some people approach job hunting with an overly optimistic outlook. These people apply for jobs that are out of reach, and wind up feeling the sting of rejection. Maintain a realistic outlook with regard to your needs and qualifications.
Approaching interviews the wrong way.
Preparation and attitude are the keys to a successful interview. People who do not rehearse their answers to difficult questions lose out to people who do. In particular, most interviews include an open-ended question such as “tell me about yourself.” Not having a prepared answer for such a question dooms many interviewees. Likewise, many interviewees approach an interview with a negative attitude, especially if they are still angry at a former employer. No matter their qualifications, people with negative attitudes spend a long time looking for their next job.
Taking the first offer, no matter what.
A job is more than just a source of income; it is one of the focal points of a person’s life. Accepting an offer is a major decision and should not be taken lightly. Take some time to think about the offer and decide whether the job is really a good fit.
Job hunting mistakes are unnecessary.
There is so much information available online to help you engage in a successful job search that there really is no excuse to make the most common job hunting mistakes. If you are not currently successful, evaluate your own job search tactics and learn what you can do to improve your situation. Go to BoomersNextStep Job Search section and dip into our huge library of articles to get immediate assistance. Alternatively a quick Google search will reveal a world of advice to help you avoid job search mistakes.
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