The 4 Mistakes Made by Too Many New Job Seekers

th (8)People do funny things when trying to cope with an extended job search. And our team of writers at Resume to Interviews have seen it all.

In today’s job market, we routinely hear of clients taking a full year to land their first full-time job… and many of them make all the same mistakes that all their struggling friends made during their job search.

But you’re not going to… because you have us in your corner.

Let’s see what will ensure you avoid those all-too-common mistakes… and aren’t still living at home well beyond your time.

Ultra-Focused on “The Perfect Fit”

All your friends say:

“I spent four hours lovingly crafting each bullet point in my resume to be perfectly tailored to the perfectly perfect job posting I found on Craigslist, and then waited two weeks to hear back… and still never heard back!”

The current job market is a numbers game, and applying to four or five jobs is not going to cut it. You need to apply to dozens of jobs each week to expect enough interviews to land a job. Cast your net wider.

Location, Location, Location

All your friends say:

“I just love my little corner of Nebrahoma so much, I can’t wait to find a job in Marketing here!”

Look around you. Do you see the industries you want to work in in your home town? You’re young and relatively unattached. The time to relocate for work is now. Go to where the jobs are, and stop wondering why you can’t find a job as a Financial Analyst on the Alberta Oil Sands.

Focused on that One Prestigious Job Title

All your friends say:

“I’ve prepared for four years to be a Front End Java Developer, but I only found four listings for that job title.”

Don’t get hung up on job titles. Focus your keyword searches on your skills. Don’t type in “Brand Manager”, type “visual merchandising” or “Google Analytics”. Stop doing job searches with a laser focus, and accept that your first job may not look anything like the job you’ve been picturing.

Letting Frustration Win

All your friends say:

“I sent out dozens of applications, and I haven’t gotten so much as a rejection email. I’m in limbo. This is hell. I must be least qualified graduate ever.”

The fact is, most of those people aren’t going to take the time to reach out to you, even to say no. This is hard work. And the responsibility of making a meaningful connection is on you. Go on social media and make contact. Attend meet-ups and conferences. Ask for the appointment, or the informational interview. Good things will happen.

Searching for a job is a full-time job for most, and of course you won’t like it. Keep the self-doubt at bay, and keep plugging at it. That’s what the people with jobs did.

And when you’re ready to get yourself a rock solid resume to back you up and display your real achievements, come talk to us.


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jason bAbout the Author: Jason B. has written, edited, and proofread thousands of resumes, cover letters, academic CVs, LinkedIn profiles, and personal statements for clients with work histories dating back over thirty years. You can find him on Google+: Jason B.Facebook, and Twitter.



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