As 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:
- Assuming that the Internet has made job search easier than it used to be (the opposite is true).
- 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).
- Waiting until the most competitive job markets of the year to job search – September and January.
- 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.
- Not having a good, memorable answer to the question, “What are you looking for?” when someone is kind enough and interested enough to ask.
- Expecting strangers (and friends, too) to look at your resume or LinkedIn Profile for input and never-ending updates.
- Spending all your time online clicking on the “Apply” button for every job you find, whether or not you are qualified for it.
- Having one version of your resume that you submit for every job you find.
- Posting your resume on all the job boards and waiting for the job offers to roll in.
- Exaggerating your qualifications on your resume.
- 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).
- Setting up a minimal LinkedIn Profile and ignoring it after that.
- Not exploring LinkedIn Groups to learn new skills and to expand your network.
- Documenting your hobbies of drinking excessively for your Facebook friends.
- Being rude or nasty publicly online – in LinkedIn posts, LinkedIn Groups, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media.
- Assuming that your “freedom of speech” rights trump an employer’s right to Google you and judge you by what they find.
- Defining networking as only attending events in large rooms, full of strangers.
- Assuming that networking means “using” others – all “take” and no “give.”
- Not reaching out to people you worked with in the past and to former classmates.
- Believing that spelling, grammar, and your ability to communicate well in writing are not important or relevant to an employer.
- 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.
- Not preparing for job interviews by re-reading the job description and doing research about the employer and the people interviewing you.
- Bringing food and/or drink to job interviews.
- Leaving your smart phone on during job interviews.
- Texting or answering phone calls during job interviews.
- Not having any good questions for the interviewers during the job interview.
- Asking about the salary and benefits during the first job interview.
- Assuming that a legitimate employer will hire you for a real job without interviewing you or meeting you in person.
- Supplying the names of people to serve as references without their permission first.
- 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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About 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 Google+.