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! 

Going After Your Dream Job

October 5th, 2012

Doubt is a power demotivator. It sneaks up on you when you least expect it. However, sometimes you have to push it aside to be able to achieve great things. If you have ever experienced doubt when it comes to job applications, sometimes even keeping you from clicking the “apply now” button, here are some things to keep in mind.

  • What makes you feel inadequate? What is making you feel like you shouldn’t apply for this job? What parts of the job posting don’t you feel you can do well? What things are intimidating for you? Often people will look over a job posting and if they only feel confident about 4 of the 5 job duties listed, they won’t apply at all. Often companies are willing to work with the right candidate if their skills are most of the way there. More importantly, they want to make sure you’re a better personal fit with their team than a wiz at all the functions.
  • Talk to a professional. Once you know what it is that is keeping you from applying to your dream jobs, talk with a career coach about how to improve that part of yourself. Talk to experts in the field to expand your knowledge in that subject. The more you feel comfortable with your experience gaps the more assured you will feel about the skills you do possess.
  • Track all of your accomplishments. You may not include all of them on your resume, but you will feel more confident if you know what you have successfully accomplished in your career. Every time you have a great idea or you receive praise from your boss, write it down in a journal. You can also refer to some of these as examples during an interview process. When someone asks you to tell them about a time when you solved a problem, you will remember what it was you did.
  • Ask questions about the environment. Sometimes we worry about whether or not we would be a good fit in the role but that isn’t necessarily what the hiring manager wants to know. If you make it to an interview you are pretty close to getting the job so be sure to ask as many questions as you can. Ask about available training. Ask about the manager and how they mentor their employees. Ask about the team and how they work together. These are considered smart questions by companies and will paint you in a positive light in the interview.

Are you looking for more advice to feel confident about your job search? Contact Meador Staffing today!