Somebody help me!Â I am going to break out a couple of old sayings.Â First one is, â€œthe more things change, the more things stay the same, â€œ and the second one is, â€œthere is nothing new under the sun.â€Â As I read the â€œtop 93,234 mistakes job seekers make” article this morning, those two sayings just bounced all through my head.
How is it possible that in 2010, job seekers are stillÂ making the same mistakes as they made over 20 years old, or so the author claims?Â Who know, perhaps job seekers from a 100 years ago were making the same mistakes.Â Have we learned nothing?
By the way, I am doing to be very direct here. Â If you are thin skinned, do not read further.
There are some of what the author claims are common mistakes todayâ€™s job seekers make.Â And do they resonate with you?
- Resumes cluttered with verbose, meaningless words compounded with poor grammar.
- No cover letter.
- Unable to answer â€œtoughâ€ questions during interviews.
- Not asking questions during interviews.
- Not â€œcontrollingâ€ the interview.
- Not following-up.Â And not asking for follow-up.
Every day, more and more people are unemployed longer.Â And this author states the most obvious, which is the margin of error shrinks daily.Â How can people not be laser focused?
I have talked in the past about job search strategies that have the highest probabilities of success, and those that have the lowest.Â Frankly, I and a cast of thousands have written about the same issues many times, and yet so many continue to suffer needlessly, with so much self-inflicted wounds.Â I have to ask, â€œWhy?â€
There is absolutely no excuse for having a poorly written resume and/or cover letter.Â With the resources available, both free and paid, to submit anything less than a â€œperfectâ€ resume and cover letter is job suicide.Â To be frank, if you are not going to prepare the â€œperfectâ€ resume, then do not even bother applying for a job; because I guarantee one of your competitors, if not most, will submit stunning letters.
And to sent in a resume without a cover letter; are there people who do this?
Here a job killer for me â€“ not asking questions.Â Not asking questions is worst than a giving me a rambling answer to â€œso, tell me about yourself.â€Â Yet, I agree with the author of this morningâ€™s article; applicants still do not ask questions.Â
I want was last hired; my final interview was with a divisional manager that ran one-fourth of the United States.Â Among the questions I asked her were:
- What management style works best here and how would you describe yours?
- What do you see as being the major issues and opportunities facing this company in the next couple of years?
- What would your expectations be for me, should we both decide that this is a good fit?
- Are there any other concerns you have about me that is still lingering in your mind?
- When would you like for me to follow-up with you, or should I contact â€œbobâ€ instead?
An interview is a discussion between two parties.Â The divisional manager asked me a couple of questions.Â I asked her a question.Â We went back and forth.Â
Looking for a job is a full time endeavor.Â It means living at the library.Â It means attending networking events and joining job clubs.Â It means perfecting your elevator speech.Â It means having a resume that is laser targeted and mistake free.Â It means having multiple cover letters for every job opening or referral.Â Generic resumes and cover letters must be the bane of your existence.
Do not repeat the mistakes of 20 years ago.Â Do not become someone who has been unemployed for 30 weeks, wondering if Congress is going to extend jobless benefits.Â You must study and research.
In fact, put away the Sunday Help Wanted.Â Take out a notebook and pencil; answer these questions:
- What am I good at?
- What is my favorite hobby?
- What did I do this past weekend that really made me happy?
- What makes me feel good about myself?
Stop chasing a job like dog chasing this car, and then that car, andÂ then thatÂ car, and then this car.Â Brainstorm and find out what you want to do.Â And then, go after that dream.