There are many ways to give yourself the best odds when you are looking for a job
But even more ways to ruin them!
Here are 5 normal mistakes people make that keep them from getting their dream job!
1. Don’t Apply Without a Plan
If you do not have a job right now, you might feel like applying to every possible job can help your chances of finding something that can work for you. In fact, this doesn’t help at all and can distract you from going strait after the jobs you really have a chance with. “People who say ‘I need to consider everything’ are really doing bad” – ” Instead, find the job you really want & what you can do to get it.
2. Your Online Presence
A good, professional online presence can be a big + when you are looking for a job. “I see a lot of [hiring] clients really using these tools to do more due diligence on a candidate,” – “One of the first things clients ask is: ‘How many do you know on LinkedIn?’ Thatis starting to matter.” Sharing information through your social networks about issues in your field can show hiring managers that you are plugged-in and keeping up with changes in your industry.
Laura Berman Fortgang has put in 10.000’s of hours over 20 years to help people make career transitions and improve their lives. Through her coaching company, books, corporate and civic speeches and her media appearances on shows as The Oprah Winfrey show, CBS Morning, GMA, The Today show etc. Laura has reached millions and showed them how to figure out what to do without ever looking at their resume.
Laura is the author of Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction and a pioneer in the personal coaching field. Her 5 books are published in 13 languages, have graced bestseller lists and one The Little Book on Meaning, was up for a Books for a Better Life Award alongside the Dalai Lama and Pema Chodron.
3. Don’t make a long list about When & Where
Many people put together long lists of where they have been in their life. This Step by Step list through your jobs is not compelling or useful to people hiring you. Better than highlighting the position and dates you worked at, write or talk about skills you gained, problems you solved and promotions you got because of them. Make your resume less about descriptions and more about actions. You have to make a really clear message.
4. Research the Company
This sounds easy, but you would be surprised at how often it happens. Take your time to research the company you are applying at, it’s core mission, it’s strengths and it’s challenges. Was it in the news lately ? And Why ? If it hasn’t, why not ? All you know anything about the business will come through in handy, do your homework and find out what you can (try Google it)
5. Do NOT Underestimate Your Value
Once you find a job you want, spiffed up your resume and online presence, and made your homework on the company, do not settle for less than you deserve. Find out what other similar positions pay and your opportunities for advancement. “Go out there and know what your value is in the market and do not forget it!” – “Too many times, people tend to settle for less!”
Good luck job hunting!