10 All-too-Common Mistakes Made by Job Seekers

bad-decision-500x390Did you know there are several different kinds of intelligence?

There’s the most familiar… IQ or Intelligence Quotient. There’s also your EQ or Emotional Intelligence Quotient. And today I want to introduce you to a third kind of intelligence: SI or Situational Intelligence.

Specific to your career, your SI is tied to your ability to consistently make sound decisions during your job search.

Yesterday online I saw the graphic that’s in the upper-right of this post, and I laughed out loud. As harsh as it may seem, I’ve caught myself saying this before… about job seekers who missed a wonderful opportunity because they made a bad decision or costly mistake.

In your job hunt, you will face numerous new situations; sometimes split-second choices will need to be made. If you haven’t been faced with some of these before, how will you know you are making the best decision?

Here are ten really bad – and very frustrating – mistakes I’ve seen job seekers make very recently:

1. Turned down second interview because the head of the department was rumored to be a jerk.

2. Chose not to follow up to get more information about networking contact because they were “too tired”.

3. Failed to ask the time-frame was for making the hiring decision, then followed up 8 times in 2 weeks (more than 3 is considered way to much).

4. To maintain a certain standard of living, insisted upon making as much, if not more, than he previously made in his last job.

5. Refused an interview because the commute was longer than 20 minutes each way; didn’t want to spend 4 hours driving each week.

6. Followed up after the interview by showing up at the business location, in-person.

7. After 99 weeks of unemployment, turned down a terrific re-entry job because she felt it was “below” her.

8. For privacy reasons, refused to fill out any online application that asks for social security number.

9. Wouldn’t talk to recruiters, contract houses or temp agencies because they are “a rip off”.

10. Refused to create a profile on LinkedIn because of a desire to keep her life private.

There are multiple ways to handle any situation. The worst decision for most job seekers is to “opt out.” However, in order to land a job, you need options.  Don’t eliminate yourself unnecessarily.

This is one reason why job search should never be done alone. You need insight fro other job seekers, mentors and experts because, sometimes, we all lack situational intelligence!

Learn from these mistakes. Greatly improve your SI. And get that much closer to your next gig!





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HannahAbout the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa, and follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!


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