Are You Making These Mistakes In Your Job Search?

February 6th, 2015

Read the want ads, mail resumes, rinse, repeat. That’s all there is to a job search, right?

If you’re still stuck in this old pattern, you might be making some serious mistakes. The job market has changed dramatically in the past few years, and professionals who try to play by the same old rules may be finding themselves shut out of the best opportunities – without even knowing it. Here are some of the most commonly-made job search mistakes and how to avoid them:

  1. Pursuing only one opening at a time. To find a job you’ll love, it’s important to “multitask” on your job search. Don’t be afraid to apply and interview for multiple positions at various companies. Not only will you increase the chances of landing a job offer from at least one of these businesses, but you’ll also minimize the disappointment that comes from hearing an inevitable “no” or two, and you’ll be able to compare offers to choose the one that best fits your work style and needs.
  2. Treating job descriptions like job offers. If you’re deciding not to apply based on the job description alone, you may be missing a valuable opportunity. Sure, your resume should be a reasonably good fit for a job description, and you should be able to talk about how your skills and experience fit the qualifications listed. But even if a description doesn’t sound like your “dream job,” applying may get you into the interview stage, where you can learn what a job is really about – and where you can decide, if an offer appears, whether this is really the right job and the right company for you.
  3. Forgetting the follow-up. Never forget to send a thank-you note after a job interview. A few short, thoughtful sentences expressing your appreciation and your enthusiasm for the position helps to keep your interview fresh in the employer’s mind and to establish you as a thoughtful candidate, as well as an experienced one.
  4. Trying to “go it alone.” Tapping into your professional and personal networks is a must when you’re looking for a job. If it’s been a while since you headed onto the job market, don’t hesitate to talk to a local recruiter who specializes in your industry as well.

At 1st Staffing Group, our experienced recruiters specialize in keeping Ardmore, Oklahoma job-seekers on the right track and helping them connect with the best local job openings. Contact us today to learn more.

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