In our previous blog post, we listed 10 questions that you should ask yourself before launching your job search. In that post, we discussed the fact that job seekers make a ton of mistakes in their quest to find a better employment situation.
So that begs the question: what are the worst job search mistakes?
Of course, this is a rather subjective question. What might be the worst mistake to one person might not be the worst to another person. However, there are a handful of mistakes that just about everybody can agree upon as being collectively “the worst.”
However, in this blog post, we’re not going to use the word “worst.” We’re going to spin things in a different direction and instead use the word “top.”
Specifically, here are the top five job search mistakes, ranked in order from #5 to #1:
#5—Not working with an established and experienced staffing agency
We’ve discussed the advantages of working with a staffing agency many times before, including the specific reasons why Time Staffing can assist you. A job search can be a difficult and complicated endeavor. That’s why you need all the help that you can get to successfully navigate it.
#4—Applying for every opening . . . everywhere.
For some reason, people often believe that the more places to which you apply and/or send your resume, the better your chances will be for landing a new job. Contrary to popular belief, this is not the case. This is an unfocused effort and a waste of time. Concentrate on those positions that fit you the best, where you can demonstrate that you offer the most value.
#3— Not giving enough attention to your resume.
Your resume (as well as your application) is your key to getting your “foot in the door.” In other words, it’s your key to getting an interview. If you don’t construct it carefully and proofread it in the same fashion, then you could be setting yourself up for failure before you’ve even started.
#2—Not adequately preparing for interviews.
Just like the resume is your key to getting an interview, the interview is your key to getting an offer of employment. You must prepare just as carefully for the interview as you do when you construct your resume. Research the company, dress appropriately, and ask the right questions. If you’re not prepared for the interview, then the hiring manager will not be prepared to offer you the job.
#1—Not putting together a specific PLAN.
Job search success doesn’t just “happen.” It’s not a matter of chance or luck. The people who put together an organized and thorough plan have more success with their job search than people who do not. That should not surprise anybody. If you plan to do something in the correct fashion, then you are far more likely to do that something.
Have you ever committed any of the above mistakes? Are you committing one (or more) of them right NOW? If that’s the case, Time Staffing can help!
Time Staffing Inc.