30 Reasons Your Job Search is Taking Way Too Long

Wasting Time on Your Job SearchAs many have discovered, effective job and internship search methods have changed substantially in the last few years – and it can be hard to leave behind the job search techniques that used to work, but don’t in our current economy.

You can, however, control what you do – and how you are spending your valuable time. And that means eliminating the time-wasters, like these:

  1. Assuming that the Internet has made job search easier than it used to be (the opposite is true).
  2. Believing that every job posting – or every email seemingly from an employer – represents a real job for a real employer (rather than considering that wild goose chase you’re on is a scam).
  3. Waiting until the most competitive job markets of the year to job search – September and January.
  4. Looking for a job – any job! – rather than taking the time to determine the job you want and focusing on the employers where you really want to work.
  5. Not having a good, memorable answer to the question, “What are you looking for?” when someone is kind enough and interested enough to ask.
  6. Expecting strangers (and friends, too) to look at your resume or LinkedIn Profile for input and never-ending updates.
  7. Spending all your time online clicking on the “Apply” button for every job you find, whether or not you are qualified for it.
  8. Having one version of your resume that you submit for every job you find.
  9. Posting your resume on all the job boards and waiting for the job offers to roll in.
  10. Exaggerating your qualifications on your resume.
  11. Using social media for amusement (yes, it can be amusing, but social media can be very effective if used correctly and very deadly if used inappropriately).
  12. Setting up a minimal LinkedIn Profile and ignoring it after that.
  13. Not exploring LinkedIn Groups to learn new skills and to expand your network.
  14. Documenting your hobbies of drinking excessively for your Facebook friends.
  15. Being rude or nasty publicly online – in LinkedIn posts, LinkedIn Groups, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media.
  16. Assuming that your “freedom of speech” rights trump an employer’s right to Google you and judge you by what they find.
  17. Defining networking as only attending events in large rooms, full of strangers.
  18. Assuming that networking means “using” others – all “take” and no “give.”
  19. Not reaching out to people you worked with in the past and to former classmates.
  20. Believing that spelling, grammar, and your ability to communicate well in writing are not important or relevant to an employer.
  21. Not bothering with good manners – no thank you notes, no courteous small talk with the receptionist or other “lesser” person at job interviews, and showing up for job interviews late.
  22. Not preparing for job interviews by re-reading the job description and doing research about the employer and the people interviewing you.
  23. Bringing food and/or drink to job interviews.
  24. Leaving your smart phone on during job interviews.
  25. Texting or answering phone calls during job interviews.
  26. Not having any good questions for the interviewers during the job interview.
  27. Asking about the salary and benefits during the first job interview.
  28. Assuming that a legitimate employer will hire you for a real job without interviewing you or meeting you in person.
  29. Supplying the names of people to serve as references without their permission first.
  30. Not staying in touch with your references to be sure that they know when to expect a call from an employer, what the job is, and how you are qualified for it.

Keep the time it takes to find work to a minimum… avoid these 30 all-too-common job search mistakes!


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Susan P Joyce AuthorAbout the Author: Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching job search skills since 1995. Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. In 2011, NETability purchased WorkCoachCafe.com; Susan has been editor and publisher since. Susan also edits and publishes Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on .



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