19 Sure Ways To Sabotage Your Job Search

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    19 SURE WAYS TO SABOTAGE YOUR JOB SEARCH

  • FAILING TO PROOFREAD JOB-HUNTING MATERIALS1

  • FAILING TO PROOFREAD JOB-HUNTING MATERIALS

    You send a rsum with typo or a cover letter with grammatical errors? 61% of employers said theyd automatically dismiss from consideration a rsum with typos.

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  • IGNORING YOUR ONLINE FOOTPRINT2

  • IGNORING YOUR ONLINE FOOTPRINT

    The first thing an employer will do after reviewing your resum is look for you online. Dont forget to proof everything you write online. Be active.

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  • SOUNDING WISHY-WISHY ABOUT YOUR JOB OBJECTIVE 3

  • SOUNDING WISHY-WISHY ABOUT YOUR JOB OBJECTIVE

    You When networking, youll probably be asked, What type of job are you looking for? If you havent prepared a crisp, succinct and

    compelling answer to that question, youre toast. The more confident and clear you are, the likelier others can and will help you.

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  • PLAYING THE PITY GAME4

  • PLAYING THE PITY GAMEDONT BLAME THE ECONOMY FOR YOUR UNEMPLOYED JOB STATUS. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE DURING INTERVIEWS OR NETWORKING CONVERSATIONS. KEEP YOUR EMOTIONS IN CHECK AND TRY TO CONVEY AN UPBEAT ATTITUDE.

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  • NOT PREPARING A LIST OF QUESTIONS FOR YOUR INTERVIEW5

  • NOT PREPARING A LIST OF QUESTIONS FOR YOUR INTERVIEWspend as much time compiling great questions for the interviewer as you do prepping for ones youll be asked. In your initial meeting, keep your queries focused on the work. Save questions about compensation, flexible schedules and other benefits for later interviews.

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  • FORGETTING TO SAY THANK YOU WHEN NETWORKING6

  • FORGETTING TO SAY THANK YOU WHEN NETWORKINGDont be a networking nitwit. Make it a point to thank everyone who takes the time to speak with you or offers an introduction on your behalf. It will be appreciated more than you realize.

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  • TAKING TOO MANY BREAKS FROM SEARCH7

  • TAKING TOO MANY BREAKS FROM SEARCHIts ok to take occasional breather, but dont allow yourself lengthy breaks every time you make progress. Keep your effort going!

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  • PUTTING ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET

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  • Dont devote all of your time and energy to one potential position. Its best to continue your search efforts and

    pursue several jobs while you wait to hear from your preferred employer.

    PUTTING ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET

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  • NOT DEDICATING ENOUGH TIME TO THE PROCESS

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  • Almost 44% of job seekers spend less than 3 hours per day looking for a new position.

    People who put more time into their job search find jobs sooner.

    NOT DEDICATING ENOUGH TIME TO THE PROCESS

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  • LETTING EMOTIONS AND FRUSTRATION GET THE BEST OF YOU10

  • LETTING EMOTIONS AND FRUSTRATION GET THE BEST OF YOULooking for a job can be grueling and emotional, but there are ways to stay calm. Exercise daily, eat right and visit your friends and family.

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  • FAILING TO BOUNCE BACK FROM A DAY WITHOUT PROGRESS 11

  • FAILING TO BOUNCE BACK FROM A DAY WITHOUT PROGRESSStay positive and motivated. Make a daily to-do list.

    Treat your job search like a sales job. Remind yourself daily about the things you have to offer an employer. Believe in yourself.

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  • GETTING DISTRACTED AND LEAVING TOO LITTLE TIME FOR THE SEARCH12

  • GETTING DISTRACTED AND LEAVING TOO LITTLE TIME FOR THE SEARCHKeep household tasks for evening as if you were working full time. See if you can swap child care with another family member. You need time to focus. Establish a routine.

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  • FAILING TO GET HELP REVIEWING YOUR RSUM13

  • FAILING TO GET HELP REVIEWING YOUR RSUMYou might think your rsum is flawless, but chances are youre wrong. Have at least 2 or 3 people review your rsum for spelling errors, irrelevant information, and skills you havent profiled.

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  • NOT DIVERSIFYING YOUR JOB SEARCH. SOME PEOPLE RELY ON ONLINE JOB POSTINGS;

    OTHERS DEPEND ONLY ON NETWORKING14

  • If you are not a very social person, ask yourself if you are spending too much time in front of your computer. You need to be contacting people you know and going to business and social events. If you are a person who is very social, you may need to spend more time researching

    companies and looking online postings. Find a balance.

    NOT DIVERSIFYING YOUR JOB SEARCH. SOME PEOPLE RELY ON ONLINE JOB POSTINGS;

    OTHERS DEPEND ONLY ON NETWORKING14

  • FAILING TO TAILOR YOUR RSUM WITH RELEVANT KEY WORDS FOR EACH JOB APPLICATION

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  • FAILING TO TAILOR YOUR RSUM WITH RELEVANT KEY WORDS FOR EACH JOB APPLICATIONCustomizing your rsum is crucial. A tailored rsum tells an employer that youve done your homework and youre serious about the job. If youre not sure how to do this, use the internet or ask a friend, former colleague, or career expert for help.

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  • JUMPING INTO A SEARCH WITH EXPECTATIONS THAT ARE EITHER TOO SPECIFIC OR TOO BROAD

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  • Approach the job search with an open mind, but set some boundaries for yourself. If you apply too broadly, you will waste a lot of time on applications that will not yield interviews. Companies want applicants who closely fit the job posting. If you apply too narrowly, you will not find many jobs to apply for.

    JUMPING INTO A SEARCH WITH EXPECTATIONS THAT ARE EITHER TOO SPECIFIC OR TOO BROAD

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  • BECOMING ISOLATED FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY BECAUSE YOU SPEND TOO MUCH TIME SEARCHING FOR JOBS

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  • BECOMING ISOLATED FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY BECAUSE YOU SPEND TOO MUCH TIME SEARCHING FOR JOBSBuild in some social time every week. Your networking meetings will be a part of this. However, it is important to schedule something with friends or family because you are not seeing coworkers every day. This can get isolating.

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  • FORGETTING TO INCLUDE OCCASIONAL BREAKS OR SOCIAL ACTIVITIES18

  • Its important to take breaks for social activities and personal time, but limit yourself. Frequent and long breaks can destroy your chances of finding employment.

    FORGETTING TO INCLUDE OCCASIONAL BREAKS OR SOCIAL ACTIVITIES18

  • RUSHING INTO THE PROCESS TOO QUICKLY19

  • RUSHING INTO THE PROCESS TOO QUICKLYDo your homework. Looking for a job is a process that has a big learning curve. Talk to others who have been in your shoes about lessons theyve learned and mistakes theyve made. Consult job search books or go to a job search class.

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  • NOW GO GET IT TIGER!AND REMEMBER...

  • PASSION

  • PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Storm Thorgerson & Storm Studios, R.I.P.SOURCE: http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2013/03/18/6-sure-ways-to-sabotage-your-job-search/

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