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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Your Job Search

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Jun 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights, Job Search Tips, Candidate

Many candidates can acquire new jobs simply by making a phone call or two. Others may find themselves stuck with the same job, struggling to find something new for months or even years.

What many people fail to realize is that the other guy isn't getting these job offers because he or she is better than you, or because they know more people. If you know what to do, are complimented on your work, and have results to prove your abilities, you may wonder why you don’t have job offers rolling in your inbox.

You may discover you are the most experienced and skilled job candidate. However, if you don’t know how to properly position and apply yourself as an asset, you are always going to find yourself scrolling through various job postings, checking to see if you have new messages in your inbox without results.

The fact is, there are three all-too-common mistakes that may result in getting stuck in your current job situation and job search.

You Assume that Others Get It

You may know you are good at what you do, so you make the assumption that hiring managers will notice. You may assume your network and mentors will know what you're looking for next in your job search and how they can help you. You may also assume that your resume will speak for itself or that people already know why you are a good fit for the role you really want.

These are assumptions that get you stuck in your job search. The fact is, you may be leaving some of the most important and relevant details about yourself and your abilities out of your interviews and resume. You're failing to show potential employers 100 percent of your capabilities.

You might be reaching out to your mentors, attending networking events, and letting people know you are searching for new opportunities, but you aren't clear about the specific career goals you have, or the next steps you should take. This may result in you feeling like you aren’t good enough for what you want to do next. The real issue is that you aren’t telling people why you are a good candidate for the roles you want.

It’s time to stop assuming and to start telling.

You're Sending Applications to the Wrong Jobs

You may apply to jobs you aren’t really interested in, or that you over qualify for the requirements. Not only do you know this, but so do hiring managers. There’s no amount of experience to convince a hiring manager to hire you for a position they know isn’t right for you.

Some of the signs that you are applying to the wrong jobs include:

  • You apply, and the hiring manager responds by letting you know about other roles that may be a good fit for you

  • You go to an interview, and the hiring manager lets you know you are overqualified for the position

  • You view the job descriptions and recognize you aren’t going to be challenged, but apply anyway

These are the more obvious signs; the worst is having hiring managers look at your resume and think you're amazing, but not for the role in question.

Applying to the wrong jobs is one of the most common ways people prolong their job search and drain their confidence. You need to know the roles, and what you bring to the table before you apply, so you have a better opportunity to position yourself as a top candidate for these positions.

You are Reactive Rather than Proactive

Another issue is when you lack a proven strategy to turn your applications into actual interviews, and then interviews into job offers. You wait for a job opening to appear online and wait for recruiters to reach out to you via LinkedIn. You let interviewers spot your weaknesses before addressing them and leveraging your experience. You wait - which is a problem.

When this happens, you may find yourself starting over again and again, unsure of what to do next. You have to learn how to tap into the hidden job market and how to effectively reach out to real humans. If you don’t know how to do these things, you are always going to be in a state of hope that something is going to pop up or that someone is willing to take a chance on you – this isn’t a great or effective way to get a job.

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