It takes effort to conduct a successful job search. If your job seekers jump into a job hunt without planning, it may take longer than expected to get hired. Here are 10 blunders to watch for, according to Career Action Resources, LLC:
- Not knowing their skills and what they want to do. If job seekers don't know what they are qualified for, have them pinpoint their skills and focus their search. Use MyNextMove from the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Procrastinating. A job search may take longer than most people realize, so they should get started right away.
- Being disorganized. How will job seekers track jobs they've applied for? How will they know when to follow up with employers? Encourage the unemployed to use a calendar or other tool to plan job search activities.
- Making errors. Remind job hunters to proofread their submissions.
- Applying for everything. Suggest to job seekers that they don’t apply for every opportunity. They won’t make it past applicant tracking systems that search for qualifications.
- Using the same resume and cover letter for every opening. If your job seekers want to get job interviews, they need to make it easy for employers to see how their qualifications fit an opening. Suggest they tailor correspondence to match the job ad and employer needs.
- Not researching employers. By learning about employers and their needs, job seekers can more effectively prove they are right for a job. For example, if Company X is expanding a call center, they will realize the business will need candidates with solid customer service experience.
- Not contacting employers directly. Job seekers don’t have to wait for a job to be advertised. If they like a certain company, they can express their interest.
- Winging it in job interviews. Job hunters should prepare for interviews. They should be ready to answer common questions.
- Forgetting to follow up. Job seekers should thank the interviewer and send a thank you. Then they should follow up and restate their interest.
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