Your Job Seeker Brand: Don’t Be Labeled “Desperate”!

February 7th, 2013

For job seekers who have been on the hunt for some time, desperation can sometimes seem inevitable. However desperate you may feel, don’t let it show! While hiring managers love to see enthusiastic candidates, appearing desperate is almost a guaranteed method to prevent a job offer from coming your way.

By nature, humans are attracted to what we can’t have. This case is no different for hiring managers. Employers can see up to 1,000 applicants on average for any given position, and a high-demand candidate is much more appealing than a desperate one. Even when you don’t intend to come off as desperate, several common job-seeking tactics may be branding you as such.

  • Resume bombardment. Many job seekers will send their resume to everyone and anyone they know. While the idea is that visibility pays, this action can also make you seem desperate. Instead, try to focus on a core group of contacts in your chosen industry who can offer advice or even make some introductions for you. Tailor your resume to show who you are and what you have to offer. No one can do everything, so highlight your achievements and what you do best.
  • All job search, all the time. While informing everyone you meet that you are looking for a job does get your name out there, it may be sending the wrong impression. You may be in need of a job, but you don’t want people to believe you will work for any employer or have no preferences. Think how you can be the solution for a particular company or industry and hone in on that goal.
  • Living in the future. Because job seekers are so eager for an offer, many will fall into the trap of focusing on what they could do for the position rather than what they can already do better than anyone else. Find one or two areas where you excel to discuss with the hiring manager. These skills and talents you already possess make you much more valuable than anything you could potentially do in the future.
  • Following up. Although sending a thank you card or email after an interview is expected and encouraged, calling to follow up will not add any value or increase your likelihood of receiving a job offer. Multiple calls or emails to check on your status can become irritating to the hiring manager and paint you in a negative light.
  • Over applying. Perhaps you really like a certain company and also happen to be well qualified for several job openings within that company; don’t apply for all of them. Apply to the one or two job openings where you can honestly make a case for why you are the superior candidate.

Job searching is tough, especially for candidates who have been searching for an extended period of time. Even if you do find yourself feeling desperate at times, the way you conduct yourself and communicate during your job search can make all the difference in landing a job offer. If you are looking for additional resources for finding your next job, contact 1st Staffing Group today!

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