Avoid Top Job Search Mistakes

November 16th, 2012

No one is immune to the occasional stupid mistake when it comes to job searches. You may find typos in your resume or you may address someone by the wrong gender specific greeting from time to time. There are many ways to flub on the job search and sometimes they are unavoidable. Here are some simple mistakes you can look for and correct immediately.

  1. Resting on your laurels. Past achievements are great and you should showcase them but doing impressive things in the past won’t get you hired. Your job is to convince a target company that your experience means you can contribute impressive things they hire you. Research the company and apply your experience to their requirements when sending over a resume and cover letter.
  2. Too Much Information.  It is okay to be proud of what you’ve done but you don’t need to put every bit of information on your resume. Make your resume pop and show the potential employer that you have what it takes to make it at their organization. Leave off information that is not relevant to the position you are seeking.
  3. This is not a battle. Many people see recruiters as an obstacle that they need to overcome to get a job. Recruiters are in the business of placing the right person with their clients so you really want to make a good impression. Being combative or negative will have exactly the opposite impact. Think of a recruiter as a partner in your job search and show them why they want to endorse you as a candidate.
  4. Avoiding digital media. Many people indicate that they have no interest in developing online profiles on sites such as LinkedIn or even Facebook. However, this is a new era for employment and these tools are becoming increasingly more relevant. If you avoid them you may be missing out on opportunities. Google yourself and see what is out there already and then take steps to create a positive and professional online image.
  5. Not asking for help. It can be frustrating to be out of work, but if you keep it to yourself you may find that you are missing out on opportunities. Networking is a great resource of information. Contact former colleagues or reach out to contacts at local companies. Ask them to help review your resume or to meet you coffee to informally discuss your options. Talk with the recruiters at your local staffing service. You never know how someone might be able to help you until you ask.

Looking for ways to make your resume stand out to employers in the area? Meador Staffing can help you find your next opportunity! 

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