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20 Most Common Job Search Mistakes

While it’s true that different people make different mistakes, and some mistakes aren’t a big deal to some potential employers…

there are some mistakes that are too common and can be fixed with some thought and effort. 

The effort is likely to produce dramatically better results!

 


Here are 20 (with potential help) in no particular order…

 

Negative, cynical, defeated or passive attitude 
          (See: The One Best Thing You Can Do For Your Job Search!)

 

Spelling mistakes and typos in a resume, email or letter 
          (See: Does Writing Matter?)

 

Spending the vast majority of time applying for jobs online
          (See: Want to improve your job search? Step away from your computer!)

 

Lack of networking
          (See: Do You Really HAVE To Network For Your Job Search???)

 

Using unprofessional or profane language when networking or interviewing
          (See: Watch Your Words!)

 

Looking sloppy or unprofessional when networking or interviewing
          (See: Are You Referable?)

 

Taking too long to follow up on leads, new contacts and referrals
          (See: Ya’ Gotta’ Be On The Ball!)

 

Neglecting to follow up with Thank You’s after networking or interviews
          (See: Do Thank You Notes Really Matter???)

 

Not being well prepared to state what you do or what you’re looking for
          (See: Your Elevator Speech: Keep It Simple Silly)

 

Talking too much / rambling
          (See: Are You a Talker???)

 

Not listening well 
          (See: Employers want "Emotional Intelligence")

 

Not practicing / preparing for interviews
          (See: One big lesson from the Olympics for your job search!)

 

Little or no knowledge of the company when interviewing
          (See: Preparing to Succeed)

 

No questions when prompted at the end of an interview
          (See: Interviewing the Interviewer!)

 

No specificity when asked what you’re looking for
          (See: The paradox of "keeping your options open" in your job search)

 

Poor time management
          (See: Time Blocks Prevent Mental Blocks!)

 

Asking tough questions
          (See: Ya' Gotta Ask!)

 

Not being organized in the job search
          (See: Are You Ready???)

 

Lack of online presence
          (See: Building A Professional Online Presence)

 

A damaging online presence
          (See: How Employers View Your Online Presence)


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Your Online Footprint and Your Job Search!

1 comment:

YJ said...

Traditional job boards are filled with job postings in text. Best that you can do for finding a nearby job is to enter your zip code and then (still) go through the list of job postings in text one by one, which is is difficult, tiresome, time consuming, and unnatural. That was Job Searching 1.0.

Enters Job Searching 2.0+. What about you go on an online job map, got placed immediately on the map at your current location, and see the many nearby jobs displayed as clickable markers at their exact job locations, with clear title attached. As such that you are able to see which are the interesting jobs (in terms of job title and job location) to click on... Intuitive and easy.

Is there such thing? A realistic and unique Job Searching 2.0+ site that can give you some idea is here at: http://jobs.uponmap.com (Disclosure: we are the service provider) On this Job Searching 2.0+ site are million and more (1,000,000+) daily aggregated jobs on exact map locations across USA and Canada - You should start to see interesting jobs nearby within a minute getting on the map.

What is your thinking, pros and cons, about moving up from Job Searching 1.0 (by job text list browsing) to Job Searching 2.0+ (with job map navigation)?

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