There are as many ways to find a job as the day is long and over my career in helping folks do just that I belive I have seen just about all of them. On the flip side, there are as many ways to screw up a job-search and today we are going to highlight eight of them.
- A recruiter / employer knows before they even post a job opening that you are going to be one of the first to apply. I think if most recruiters are being honest they know exactly who is going to apply to a position before they even post it. In fact, a recruiter friend recently told me that he was hesitant on broadcasting a role because he was starting to feel bad telling the same people no every time.
- A recruiter / hiring manager knows your phone number as soon as it pops up on caller id. Congrats you have moved from candidate to stalker. I would lay off of the following up a little bit and give the recruiter / hiring manager a bit of time to make decisions and move the process along.
- You are not easily found online. If you are looking for a job your information needs to be findable on LinkedIn, through Google, on Twitter, on Facebook, and on the job-boards (even if you just post a confidential resume). Recruiters are hunters, you are the prey, and if you cannot be found you are going to make life much harder for yourself.
- You think that your resume and ability to interview are second to none. There is not much I can say here other than a reality check is needed.
- You have not worked on growing your network. Simple rule to remember – either network or don’t work. The reason that so many people say to network as part of your job-search activities is BECAUSE IT WORKS!
- Your computer and / or Oprah is your best friend. Get out from in front of your computer, turn Oprah off, and re-review number five.
- You have not worked to keep your skills current / improve your skills while you have in search. One of my favorite questions to ask is, “What are you doing to keep your skills current and up to date” and I am always shocked and appalled by the number of times I hear ‘nothing’ or complete silence. Your skill-set is a living, breathing thing. If you don’t feed it, it will die.
- Your phone feels like you have deserted it. Go back and review number five. If you are not working the phones you need to review your whole job-search strategy.
Hopefully none of these eight things apply to your search but if any of them are a review of how you are conducting your search should be had (like right now).
What would you add to this list? It could end up 100 long for sure – look forward to your thoughts and comments.
Until next time – good hunting and good luck!