I am constantly amazed by the mistakes job seekers, both young and mature, make when it comes to job searching. Here are just a few. More will follow in other posts this month so be sure to come back to avoid making these mistakes. Here we go:
Treating your search like a hobby. A hobby is something you do in your spare time. A job search, particularly in this economy, requires a full-time commitment. Do it right and you will have plenty of time this year (and money) to pursue your hobbies.
Only responding to on-line inquiries. I hear this one all the time. “I’m actively looking for work. I’ve filled out two on-line job applications today!” So, what’s your point? I’ve entered my name at least two times this week for on-line sweepstakes. What do you really think my chances are of winning? Probably the same as your chances of finding work this way. I’m not telling you to ignore this approach to job searching. I’m telling you that this is only one of a number of tools you must use if you want to find meaningful work.
Relying on others to find you work. Young people think that because they visited the career services office one time, they are all set. Experienced job seekers believe they have headhunters out their trolling for jobs on their behalf. Neither is correct. No one can represent you as well as you can.
Networking from the comfort of your home. I am a firm believer in social networking, but it cannot replace face-to-face meetings. Make sure you poke your head outside and make yourself known in your community so that you are the first person that comes to mind when a job opportunity becomes available.
Stop using your age as an excuse. Job Seekers tell me, “I don’t have enough experience.” Or worse, “No one is going to hire me because I’m over 40.” Really? Everyday, workers with minimal experience are hired as are seasoned employees. Eliminate those words from your vocabulary and see what happens.
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