Searching for the right job isn’t easy. There’s a lot to consider and many tasks to juggle. You may think you’re doing everything right, but if you’re still unemployed without any leads after several months, you may be doing something wrong. Fortunately, those mistakes are easy to avoid if you know what they are. Here are five job–search mistakes you don’t even realize you’re making.
Applying to as many jobs as you can
A lot of people think the more jobs they apply to, the better their odds are of landing a job. But that’s not always the case. First, narrow down your dream job wish list. Know what title you want, what responsibilities align with your interests and any other benefits or perks you want. In other words, don’t apply to anything and everything. Limit your applications to jobs you’re genuinely interested in and relatively qualified for, so you’re more likely to interview well and land a job.
Don’t prioritize speed or immediacy. Instead of trying to win the application race, take your time. Cross your t’s and dot your i’s, turn in a polished resume, and gather the best references. Do a little research into the company. There’s no use applying if you wouldn’t really want to work there.
Sending your resume unsolicited
Even after you make some valuable contacts at the company of your dreams, don’t just send them your resume out of the blue. Instead, take some time to look up their job openings and see if there are any good fits for you. If so, apply through the normal channels, and then ask your contact for advice. If they offer to pass along your resume or put in a good word on your behalf, great, but don’t force their support.
Applying when you’re not qualified
Of course, it’s always great to aim high and apply to your dream job but be reasonable. If, thinking that passion and hard work will make up for a lack of experience, you make a habit of shooting for the stars, hiring managers will probably ignore you. But if you reach for jobs that you’re qualified for, you have a much greater chance of hearing back. Then it’s up to you to interview well and stand out from more qualified candidates.
You didn’t follow up
This is a basic one, but it’s important. Be persistent—follow up when they expect you to. Whether it’s a phone call, an email to check in or a last bit of paperwork they need from you to complete your application, you probably won’t rise to the top of the pile without some additional work on your part. Don’t let your application die because of something simple that you neglected to do.
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