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The most common job search mistakes

February 28, 2015

Have you spent weeks on your job search but have found that you aren’t gaining any ground? It’s possible that you need to reevaluate your job search efforts to be sure that you aren’t making one of these mistakes.

Do you have a plan?

Typically, job seekers spend their time surfing through pages and pages of online and printed job listings, wasting much of their valuable time without anything to show for it. Instead, create a job search calendar. This schedule can include set time for job searching, application submissions, application deadlines, follow-up dates and interview dates. You will find that you can accomplish a great deal more in far less time if you manage your time well.

Do you have multiple resumes?

If you are using the same resume to apply to each job, you’re likely missing out on opportunities to appeal to each hiring manager. Take the time to make adjustments to your resume for each position you apply to. Review the job posting and use keywords in the job description in your resume if they apply to you. Spending a little extra time to try and gain the hiring manager’s attention will go a long way in your job search.

Are you following up properly after job interviews?

If you’ve secured a job interview, it means that the hiring manager believes you might be the right fit for the job. Schedule time within a few days after your interview to follow up with the person who interviewed you. This shows you are persistent and still interested in the position. It also keeps you top of mind when the company is making its decision.

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