Don’t Make These Common Job Search Mistakes

August 21st, 2015

SmartTalent - Mistakes in Your Job SearchPerforming a job search in today’s high-tech world can be easy for some and very daunting for others. A job search can be troublesome for those who make some very common mistakes. We will discuss those common job search mistakes in this post and help you avoid them at all cost, so you can find the job that meets your needs.

There is No Defined Plan in Place

A job search that is simply thrown together at the last minute will never yield success for the seeker. When you don’t have a defined plan, you run the risk of applying for jobs that do not fit your career experience. An undefined plan for a job search will also lead seekers to browsing the internet for hours on end with no end in site. This is wasting valuable time that could be spent with family, friends, at work or actually applying for a job for which you are qualified.

You Have Just One Resume

Another common job search mistake occurs when the seeker has just one resume at their disposal. Even if you have worked in the same career field for your entire life, you should have multiple resumes based on the type of job you want to work in the future. You need to edit your resume for each job you submit an application to in order to make yourself stand out to the recruiter or hiring manager. You can do this by including keywords from the job posting in your resume.

You Fail to Proofread Your Resume and Cover Letter

Submitting a resume and cover letter combination that has typos or grammar errors is a major job search killer. These mistakes can lead to your documents being tossed in the trash almost immediately. You need to proofread your documents prior to submitting them for an application, even if you just proofread them a week ago. Even ask someone you trust to proofread them, because they might catch something you kept skipping over.

Missing Networking Opportunities

Common job search mistakes today include missing out on networking opportunities. When you have the chance to attend a job fair or a networking event held by your company or another company in your city, make it your point to attend. Even if you are not actively looking to switch jobs right now, a connection you make today could turn into a job offer in the future.

You Are Going It Alone

The worst thing you can do during a job search is go it alone. Find a job search buddy who can help keep you motivated in the search, focused on the task at hand and help you proofread your documents. If you don’t have someone you can trust, consider working with a staffing firm in your next job search.

Contact Smart Talent today to speak with an experienced recruiter who can help you in your next job search.

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Top Job Search Mistakes- Don’t Commit These Common Errors

July 11th, 2014

SmartTalent - Job Search MistakesSearching for a job, whether right out of college, while unemployed, or while employed can be very challenging. When you start your search there are plenty of common mistakes that job seekers can make no matter how experienced they are in the job search process. If you avoid the common mistakes discussed in this post, you will find success at the end of the tunnel.

Overlooking Typos or Grammar Mistakes in a Resume

One of the most common mistakes job seekers run into is overlooking a typo or grammar mistake in their resume. Job seekers need to know that spell check will not catch every single mistake in a document. The best way to avoid this error is to read a resume and cover letter out loud or even reading it backwards. These methods can help you catch mistakes in the content you have written. Have your documents edited and proofread by a trusted mentor, colleague, or family member. Also, double-check the email address to which you are sending the documents as well as the greeting and company name.

You Are Unorganized

Being unorganized during a job search is a recipe for disaster. Disorganization will cause your job search to last longer and it will be ineffective. This may also cause you to suffer from more stress. The more organized you are, the more likely it is that you will be able to schedule job interviews and even receive job offers. The first step in organizing your job search is to set aside time each day for the search aspect of it. It should be the same time each day so you can get into a rhythm.

Selling Yourself Short

Another common mistake in a job search today is selling yourself short as a candidate. When searching for a job, you are effectively a salesperson. This means that you have to sell yourself as a product to employers and recruiters looking for candidates. You need to speak highly of yourself in your resume and cover letter. It is also important to select people who will provide potential employers with glowing recommendations of you and your work history. When writing your resume, make sure it focuses on the results you secured at your previous jobs.

Improper Networking

If you do not know how to network, you are putting yourself at a major disadvantage. Proper networking is an excellent way to find a new job, but if you are doing it wrong, you will miss out on making new connection and opportunities to learn from others in your industry. Take this into account when conducting your job search and be sure to make and keep connections fresh.

Contact the experienced Lynnwood recruiting staff at Smart Talent today to discuss your job search techniques.

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