I’ve said before that the main objective of your initial job search efforts is to make it to the next level. I talk about this briefly in my review of Phil Baker’s OneClick Cover Letter Creator. And to get to the next level means avoiding traps – those laid by others and those self-inflicted.
On the latter, there are so many ways to sabotage yourself. I thought it would an interesting article to brainstorm, then I saw this one on MSN/CareerBuilder and…well, why reinvent the wheel. In this case.
A good article.
As you read the article, I’d like to pay a little more attention to these errors in particular:
1. You don’t keep your options open – This should be a no brainer. You cannot bank everything on the “one” opportunity
2. You turn up your nose at job descriptions – Job descriptions are like an ingredient list. Important but its the total coming together. If you think you are right for the job, don’t sweat every little job requirment.
3. You haven’t perfected the thank-you note – By all means, if writing is a task for you, get Phil’s product or even something like the Guerrilla Resume program.
4. You don’t check your references – A no brainer, yet so few do. People do check reference and do run credit checks. How are your’s?
7. You discount temporary positions – That you worked is a good thing, regardless of where you worked. Just show that you are a better person for it and learned something in the process that can help with this particular job opening
11. You take ‘no’ as a final answer – In sales, a no can be ultimately a yes, but only if you persevere.
16. You think it’s about you – And lastly, it’s has not, is not, nor will it ever be able you and giving you a job. This is not an entitlement. You do not have a right to work. But if you keep the focus squarely on them and their needs, you will be miles ahead of your competition.
So, with that – here’s the article.
16 job-search errors you may be making
You know what these blunders are. We’ve told you several times. Yet you, and
hundreds of other job seekers, continue to make common job-search mistakes.
From those who see them over and over, here are 16 common job-search mistakes
to avoid. Some of them may surprise you.
1. You don’t keep your options open
“Candidates tend to think that if they interview for a job they will get an
offer, so they do not apply and interview for multiple positions,” says Joanie
Spain, director of public relations and career services for the School of
Advertising Art, a graphic design college in Kettering, Ohio. “They wait
until one plays out completely, putting their job search on hold until knowing
for sure they didn’t get the offer.”
Roy Cohen, author of “The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide: Success
Secrets of a Career Coach,” adds, “By having many more irons in the fire, you
diversify the risk and disappointment that is inevitable when any single
opportunity disappears. You also present yourself as a more passionate and
energetic candidate. You’re in the ‘zone’ — a point where you’re in the flow of
information and ideas — and that makes you more valuable.”