3 Common Mistakes You Should Eliminate From Your Job Hunting
Several job hunters have this feeling that the present economy is a bad sign to landing a great job or upgrading in their current position. Some would even say it is nearly impossible. This may be the story for some but it certainly doesn't have to be your story. You just have to change the way you market yourself in the current economic situation by creatively crafting your job search, your resume, and your interview techniques so that you stand out from the crowd.
The best plan to landing a great career is to start positioning yourself for job hunting success by avoiding the following 3 common mistakes.
Mistake #1: Searching for jobs the old fashioned way:
Gone are the days where you scour the newspaper want ads or online job boards for open positions, complete the application, submit your resume, and then get the job. This method only puts you, the job hunter, on a dependent down-line at the mercies of some organizations. You only relied upon the companies to post open positions for all to see, sometimes, you signup for their email alerts for current postings. If this were to be a car, the employers were the initiators and you the reactor. As a 2020 job hunter, you must be in the driver's seat when it comes to your career path and success. You can take control of your job search by first, taking a good long look at yourself. You should know what your career or job objective is; know the core values, skills, and passion you can bring to a company, then examine well the type of organization or business that's worth your skills and expertise.
Start by crafting an online and offline personal brand that will accurately and effectively portray you as an ideal applicant to potential employers. Then try to develop a strategic job hunting plan that will give you the most bang for your buck; by making the best use of the time you have available and ensuring that your plan includes techniques to help you tap into both the open and the hidden job markets.
Mistake #2: Sending out ineffective resumes:
Employers do receive hundreds and close to a thousand resumes for just one open position as a result, they've mapped out easy ways to screen resumes and show at least half to the trash bin. One of the main reasons resumes are given the boot is that they lack relevance to the position or the company. The objective or summary of qualifications, the experience listed, or even the main words used have little to do with the position being sought. It is your duty to ensure that before applying for any job, you have tweaked your resume to match and align with the position you are applying for.
Another way to get shown the bin quickly is to send a resume containing typos or grammatical errors. You may have heard this a thousand times before but you wouldn't believe how many resumes are received by employers with key words used or spelled incorrectly (even in the age of spell check). So, it's worth mentioning again if it will help even one person stop and give their resume a once over before pressing the send button. Even one careless error can get you eliminated so make sure you check it twice and then have someone else check it again. Keep your resume relevant and highlight the values you bring.
Mistake #3: Not gathering enough information about the employer before your interview
Oftentimes, when people finally land the interview, they are thrilled to be able to put a halt to the job search and begin preparing for the interview. They typically prepare by anticipating some of the questions they might be asked and thinking of good answers to them. They begin by pondering answers to questions like; what are your strengths and weaknesses? Tell me about yourself. Why should we hire you, etc? They really start focusing on themselves and what they have to offer. In the meantime, they stop researching and learning about the company. But, this is the time when you must dig deeper into the company as well. You want to learn about their goals and objectives, the culture and work environment, the potential opportunities for advancement and any recent company news. This will give you the ability to share exactly how your personality and work ethic fits within their culture, how the knowledge and experience you bring can enhance the company's bottom line, how your strengths match their needs and how the opportunities they have align with your career goals. You want it to be evident that you did your homework and that this is the company that you want to work for, not simply because you need a job but because it is a great fit and mutually beneficial.
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