On average, every job application attracts 250 candidates. An average company will invite 4 in 6 people to an interview and only 1 person will get a job.
This one person is a lucky one, who either did a great and well-planned job or simply caught a break. What does the rest of the candidacies do wrong?
The fact is that there are certain job search mistakes that keep you from getting your dream job.
Sometimes we do them without even realizing that something goes wrong. It’s never too late to change your strategy and reach success.
Moreover, you can do it! Start with reading this article and analyzing your job search mistakes: do you make the following ones?
1. Surprising Truth about Online Job Ads
Ford R. Myers, career coach, speaker and author of “Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring” revealed a surprising truth about online job postings.
He doesn’t consider them to be effective and suggests spending no more than 5% of your entire time on searching through the online job boards, social media, and other resources.
It would seem ridiculous but the Jobvite 2014 Social Recruiting Survey proves his words.
According to its results, 60% of the 1,855 employers and HR managers found their best employees through “networking, referrals, reinforcing”.
The key point you should learn from it: the right acquaintance can make your job search 200% successful.
2. Sending “Blind” Requests
Unsolicited resumes are those resumes that won’t bring you any result. Career consultant, speaker and job search expert Rick Gillis says that none of the job seekers will get feedback from a company by sending unsolicited resumes.
It’s better to channel the energy into deep networking and other activities that do bring result.
It’s not easy to trick the Applicant Tracking System (ATS). The working principle of this tool is designed to format and target an application position and choose the relevant resumes.
Therefore, don’t send the resumes blindly – create resumes tailored to a certain position.
3. Relying Only on Yourself
Many job seekers underestimate the role of career coaches, job search experts, or resume writers considering them to be quacks willing their money only.
Their importance lies inexperience and a help “out of the box”. There are many kinds of career support that can help. Of course, it’s crucial to apply to real professionals.
4. Weak and Wrong Networking
Myers emphasizes on the competent and well-planned networking. Jayne Mattson, senior vice president of Client Services at Keystone Associates, says that a successful networker is the one with a clear agenda, who is able to listen and set the right questions.
Mattson also says that quality and fruitful networking is a “long game” and a “slow process”. It requires time, patience, and dedication. Therefore, starting it as early as possible would be a good idea.
Networking can be in person or via the Internet. If you pay enough attention to it, it will still bring result no matter where it takes place. If you manage to reach a face-to-face conversation, don’t be shy to invite a person to lunch.
5. Be Wasted on Many Types of Jobs
A person that knows what he wants and sets clear goals and priorities attracts the attention of recruiters and HR managers. Yes, it’s important to be open to promising opportunities rather than be focused on job openings but you shouldn’t be too uncertain in what you want to deal with.
Before starting a job search, you should understand what type of work you want to do.
6. Not Following a Certain Plan
Every job search approach should well planned and systemized. Myers suggests paying attention to such details as the number of a job application or the time to spend on networking. You will reach success if you come up with a certain methodology.
Every strategy includes tracking your results. If you are too slow in reaching a goal, then you might reconsider your plan.
7. Weak Preparation to the Interview
Myers picked out five important components of the successful interview:
- Articulating a value
- conveying a knowledge of the company
- asking relevant and smart questions
- negotiating compensation
- following up.
It’s important to conduct a research about the company and interviewer or talk to the workers of the company, who have already gone through that. Mitchell recommends showing your interest in the job.
The other thing it’s important to emphasize is awareness of your market value to avoid making job search mistakes. After the employer understands that you can become their top candidacy, you will start making money. Research the market and understand your value.