Monday, 6 June 2016

Job hunting mistakes to avoid

Job hunting is something we must all do – and yet something that can so easily be done badly. Anyone looking for a job for any length of time can easily find themselves slipping into bad habits and making mistakes that cause their efforts to fall short. The following tips should help that you don’t fall foul of their job hunting errors yourself…

Write down a list of all the key things that matter to you. What geographical area are you prepared to look within? What salary do you need to be able to have a decent living? What, if anything, about your last job did you dislike? If you get these practical factors straight then you’ll avoid even looking at positions that are simply unsuitable for your circumstances.

Similarly, don’t allow yourself to drift around the jobs market applying for anything and everything going. If you want teaching assistant jobs, then apply for them. If you’re a plumber, apply for plumbing jobs. Just because you’ve been made redundant, you don’t have to wildly change course. Being specific about the jobs you go for will make for a focussed use of your time.

The majority of positions come with a job specification. This is a gold mine of information and you should read it, learn it and use it to your advantage to show that you understand what the job is. Read the company’s website to see the values it promotes and to read up on any news announcements it may have had. Also, read relevant industry news and, in your application, show that you’re on top of trends in your field.

What do employers in your field want? Do you regularly see adverts that require a certain qualification? You might well need to get yourself on a course to freshen up your CV and ensure you are adequately qualified.

People do, sadly, have to face rejection when searching for a job. The trick is not to take this personally. There are a great many reasons why people do or don’t get a job and this isn’t always down to a candidate’s performance. Every time you get a rejection letter or don’t succeed in an interview, redouble your efforts and apply for something else to replace the opportunity you’ve missed out on. Also, ask for feedback so that you can learn lessons from unsuccessful applications.


Some people have a favoured jobs board websites that they always turn to yet, if this doesn’t bring success, it might be time to cast your net further afield. Jobseekers should try different sites and techniques. Approaching companies that you want to work for directly can bear fruit – even if they have no vacancy at that moment. Try to connect with people on LinkedIn and follow the right people on social media. This can help to alert you of vacancies at the earlier possible opportunity. You can even start up a blog. This can showcase your passion for your industry and help you to make a productive use of your time out of work.

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