The Internet is a terrific job search tool—it can be used to speed up research on companies that you might want to work for, to get your resume distributed essentially instantaneously, and to keep in touch with your network. The Internet can also make job hunting seem too easy and job seekers who succumb to that thinking will miss out on a lot…including their dream job.
Here are three all-too-common mistakes job seekers are making every day—avoid them and you’ll jump ahead of those less enlightened seekers:
The first mistake job seekers make is zipping off their resume to every company in town who has an open position, hoping that one of them will catch the eye of a hiring manager. A related mistake is sending their resume to the same company multiple times. Remember the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. It’s as true in the job hunt as it is in other parts of life.
The second too-common mistake job seekers make is trying to conduct their entire job search online. The Internet is a great research tool and it’s a great way to keep in touch with a lot of people in your network, especially those who are far away. But hiding behind a computer screen isn’t likely to make the best opportunities come your way…you need face time with people who can help and encourage you. Get out there and network, volunteer, even consult.
Thirdly, too many job seekers are relying on software or other non-personalized ways of generating their all-important resumes. Resumes must highlight your skills and experience in a way that meets the needs of the company, so each one needs to be customized to best demonstrate that you are the best person for the position.
Take a look at your job search strategy: are you making these mistakes and wondering why the interviews and job offers aren’t pouring in? It’s time to make an adjustment or two in your favor—you and your bank account will be happy you did.
About this Examiner: Kathryn Marion is the award-winning author of GRADS: TAKE CHARGE of Your First Year After College!, the most comprehensive resource for navigating the world of work and independent living after graduation, as well as host of the book’s companion resource site, www.GradsTakeCharge.com. The print edition of GRADS: TAKE CHARGE is available through Amazon and other online booksellers. The e-book edition is available through e-junkie.
Kathryn also coaches students, graduates, and career changers as well as consults with small businesses and aspiring authors.
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