As a member of a community of resume writers and career coaches called the Career Collective, this post is one of many responses to “How to avoid being tricked by common job search blunders?” (in honor of April Fool's Day!)
I encourage you to visit other members' responses, linked below. Please follow our hashtag on Twitter: #careercollective.
I want to thank Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, MRW, CPRW, CEIP (www.careertrend.net) and Miriam Salpeter (www.keppiecareers.com) for bringing this team of experts together.
Whether you are currently unemployed or plan on changing jobs, right now is the time to get your ducks in a row! It has been said that today's job search is not like it used to be (in the good old days).
These are some things you can cross off your list and avoid:
- Searching Sunday's Help Wanted ads in the newspapers
- Waiting for a response from the company that they received your resume
- Waiting for a response from the company that they would like to interview you, again
- Typing your resume and going to the "copy shop" to have 100's of copies made
- Using the same generic cover letter and mass mailing this stuff everywhere
- Logging onto the "best" job search boards to find your next job
- Waiting until your unemployment is almost over to "really" start looking for a job
Phew, no need to worry about those time commitments. Now you can focus on the really important things!
- Identify several different job titles to pursue
- Develop a list of companies that hire those titles
- Craft your LinkedIn profile
- Draft resumes for each of job titles you are pursuing (you will have to customize each resume whenever you submit it)
- Take steps to find people who work in those target companies (ie. network)
- Nurture relationships before, during and after the search! (Ooops, but it is never too late)
- Gather information, don't ask for jobs
- Be patient. Be giving. Be kind.
If you've been in job search for awhile, this is too basic, I know. For the advanced job seeker (which no-one wants to admit to):
- Focus your communication. Don't send mixed messages
- Evaluate what is working and what isn't getting you results
- Take care of yourself
- Ensure your reputation and brand are on the web...LinkedIn, Facebook, Virtual CV, Google Profile, etc.
- Commit time to volunteer in something that will feel rewarding
- Do something every day that pushes you out of your comfort zone
- Ask for help- financial, emotional, job search
- Do not hide behind your computer
Don't stop reading yet...Visit the expert advice for “How to avoid being tricked by common job search blunders?”
The April, 2010, Career Collective Links
10 Ways to Tell if Your Job Search is a Joke, @careerealism
April Fool’s Day – Who’s Fooling Who?, @MartinBuckland @EliteResumes
Avoiding the Most Common Blunder, @jobhuntorg
Are you fooling yourself? Bored at work? Is it your own fault?, @keppie_careers
Hey, Job Seeker — Don’t Be a Fool!, @resumeservice
Is Your #Career in Recovery or Retreat? (All Joking
9 Ways You Might Be Fooling Yourself About Your Job Search, @heatherhuhman
Don’t get tricked by these 3 job search blunders, @LaurieBerensonTrying to hard to be nobody’s fool?, @WorkWithIllness
It’s not all about you, @DawnBugni
Mirror ‘their’ needs, not ‘your’ wants in #jobsearch, @ValueIntoWords
Same as it ever was – @walterakana
Don’t be fooled. Avoid these – @kat_hansenJob Seekers: You Are Fooling Yourself If...@barbarasafani
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