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It’s true that the job market in many professions is extremely tight. Even so, experts say that many unemployed people too often make things more difficult for themselves by sabotaging their job search. If you want to find a job now, avoid these six common job-hunting mistakes.
1. Being Passive
Some of the worst things a job seeker can do are staying home, avoiding networking or just not following through, according to Susanne Goldstein, career development consultant and author of Carry a Paintbrush: How to Be the Artistic Director of Your Own Career. “When you have a lead, you need to know how to use it well and follow up professionally,” she says. “Complete tasks, send emails with proper grammar [and] make the follow-up calls.”
Jean Baur, senior consultant at recruiting firm Lee Hecht Harrison and author of Eliminated! Now What? Finding Your Way from Job-Loss Crisis to Career Resilience, agrees. “Even if you’re employed, you have to keep your resume-up to-date, keep your network strong and continually growing, and keep updating your skills and learning what’s in demand in the marketplace.”
2. Jumping to Conclusions
Misinformation and bruised egos can lead job seekers to make assumptions that are not always correct. “When people say, ‘I’m not getting offers because I’m too old, too young, too experienced, too inexperienced, too whatever,’ those are just excuses and not even based in reality most of the time,” Baur says. “You need a coach, a network or just a few wise friends who can give you a clear view of what you’re doing right and wrong.”
3. Holding Out for the Perfect Job
If you’re getting by on unemployment benefits, you may be tempted to hold out for the exact job you want and deserve. You may think taking a lesser job will hinder your career path, but a long stint of unemployment could do even more damage to your resume and bank...
I have been out of work for almost 2 years now. I have been applying for positions that I have had experience in - apparel merchandising, retail, health care - but no luck. I have had only 3 interviews all this time. One wouldn't even give me a 10 minute interview inspite of my having almost 10 years experience in that field! Out of desperation, I even applied as a waitress in a strip club! I did not even get an interview! So what gives?