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The Biggest Job Search Mistakes and What You Can Do About Them

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Job hunting is hard work and very time consuming. Avoid These Big Mistakes
If you don't want to search for a long time.. Most importantly, don’t job search without a strategy. Check this Slideshare and review it against your current strategy and what you do and always remember to hunt wisely!
Uli aka www.thejobsearchcoach.net

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The Biggest Job Search Mistakes and What You Can Do About Them

  1. 1. THE BIGGEST  And What You Can Do About Them JOB SEARCH MISTAKES
  2. 2. Every day thousands of job seekers & career changers take the same job search approaches when they hunt for new jobs. Their all-too-common outdated or ineffective strategies often deliver zero or few results, wasting their time. Searching and applying for new jobs is a time consuming task, making it even more important to focus on ways to avoid wasting your valuable time.  Here are some common problems and how you can get your job search back on track to secure job interviews and jobs.
  3. 3. If your only strategy is to rely on online job postings, you’re likely wasting your most valuable asset as a job hunter - your time. It often feels safer to keep your job search between you and your mobile or computer, but seriously, you need to diversify your job search strategy now or you will likely search for a long time. RELYING ON A SINGLE PLAN OF ACTION MY TIP: • Reach out to key people you know from your social, school or business networks  • Go to events where you’re likely to meet new people • Considering connecting with recruiters and even temp firms • Hire a professional to help you with your job search and applications  You’ll get some useful insight into the current state of the market in your field and it will help you to secure job interviews in half the time. RELATED:  CLICK HERE10 Formulas to Supercharge your Job Hunt in 2018 -2019 Yes, definitely invest some time filling out online applications, including trying out different job sites and individual company websites and career pages. But, branch out from there:
  4. 4. A lot of job hunters and career changers treat their job search like obsessive online shopping: they’ll spend hours and hours looking at postings but never follow through on applying for anything. … AKA - Job Hunter Vortex  ALL SEARCH - NO ACTION  MY TIP: You can’t (and shouldn’t) apply to every job that you might potentially be qualified for that you come across. But, if you never apply, something’s wrong. You might be paralysed by redundancy stress, job hunter anxiety or indecision or simple job hunter fatigue. •Try setting a goal with helpful tools like Huntr (A Kanban Board for Job Searches) or simple tools like   RELATED: 5 simple steps to double your job hunting success rate  Job Search Excel Spreadsheets that motivate you to  apply to a set number of openings each week (perhaps two to five). This ensures that you’re not just wasting time searching without any follow-through. CLICK HERE
  5. 5. APPLYING FOR JOBS YOU DON’T ACTUALLY WANT Only applying for jobs where you’re vastly over- or underqualified is a total waste of everyone’s time.  This is a serious pet peeve of hiring professionals and recruiters. If it’s a mistake to be too selective and only apply to openings that look like perfect fits, then the reverse is also true: Applying indiscriminately to too many opportunities in the hope that something might work out is also a poor strategy.  MY TIP: • Hope & fear are the enemies of Job Hunters. If you don’t feel confident and positive at all after sending out an application, it might be a sign that this job isn’t for you, and was a waste of time applying for. • Set up a Job Search Strategy that outlines what types of jobs you will apply for and which jobs you know will be a waste of time.  Basically, create some guidelines for yourself that you can refer back to when you’re unsure or feel your slipping into a scattergun approach. If you need help with that, hire a Job Search Coach. RELATED: 10 Reasons why your job search method is crushing your soul CLICK HERE
  6. 6. It takes time & effort to talk to people, whether it’s having a phone chat with a recruiter, catching up with friends, co–workers or former managers, attending a job fair, or going to a networking event. If you find yourself with 500+ LinkedIn connections or a bunch of verbal promises but nothing to show for it, it’s likely a sign you’re doing the networking but what you are doing is not paying off. PROCRASTINATION AKA STANDING STILL MY TIP: • When someone says they have an idea for someone you should speak with, always follow up to get that introduction. • Don’t hesitate to take the initiative and check in with someone who offered you a referral. Since this is your job search, it’s on you to take action, not on the other person. You’ll get some useful insight into the current state of the market in your field and it will help you to secure job interviews in half the time. RELATED:  CLICK HERE25 Hero Job Lead Generators that Actually Work
  7. 7. When you’re networking, the best use of your time is typically by starting with your existing network – the people who already know you, like you, and want to support you. But, 500+ dormant LinkedIn connections are not really what networking is all about. 500+ DORMANT LINKEDIN CONNECTIONS IS NOT NETWORKING MY TIP: If your LinkedIn connection grabbing is not leading to the results you want, change your approach and expand your focus. • Challenge yourself to go to new places and talk to new people. I recommend MeetUp as a handy tool for diversifying professional networks, and there are loads of similar apps and platforms like it.  Opening yourself up to new networking events can allow career magic to happen. • Engage constructively with key connections, rather than expecting something to happen simply because of the number of connections you’ve managed to gather. RELATED:  500 LinkedIn connections and still alone? Change it Now! CLICK HERE
  8. 8. Once you’ve submitted your application, repeatedly contacting the hiring manager for feedback is not a great idea.  Similarly, if you scored that interview, once it’s completed and you are told to wait for the outcome, calling or incessantly emailing hiring professionals is often not seen as professional follow up – it is more often perceived as stalking or annoying. STALKING HIRING PROFESSIONALS MY TIP: The recruiters and the hiring managers require time to evaluate the candidates, consider best fit for the opening, consider other matters and attend to their likely busy business-as-usual tasks. Give it a reasonable amount of time before you chase the hiring professionals for feedback. The Real Reasons Why Hiring Professionals Don’t Call You Back RELATED: CLICK HERE
  9. 9. Job hunting is hard work and very time consuming. Don’t job search without a strategy. Check what you do and always Uli REMEMBER TO HUNT WISELY! www.thejobsearchcoach.net

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