19 ways to sabotage your job search

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  • 1. @j_sjoman 19SUREWAYS TOSABOTAGEYOURJOBSEARCH
  • 2. FAILINGTOPROOFREAD JOB-HUNTINGMATERIALS 1
  • 3. FAILINGTOPROOFREAD JOB-HUNTINGMATERIALS 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. 1
  • 4. IGNORINGYOURONLINE FOOTPRINT 2
  • 5. IGNORINGYOURONLINE 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. 2
  • 6. SOUNDINGWISHY-WISHYABOUT YOURJOBOBJECTIVE 3
  • 7. SOUNDINGWISHY-WISHYABOUT YOURJOBOBJECTIVE 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. 3
  • 8. PLAYINGTHEPITYGAME 4
  • 9. PLAYINGTHEPITYGAME DONT 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. 4
  • 10. NOTPREPARINGALISTOFQUESTIONSFOR YOURINTERVIEW5
  • 11. NOTPREPARINGALISTOFQUESTIONSFOR YOURINTERVIEW spend 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. 5
  • 12. FORGETTINGTOSAYTHANKYOU WHENNETWORKING6
  • 13. FORGETTINGTOSAYTHANKYOU WHENNETWORKING Dont 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. 6
  • 14. TAKINGTOOMANYBREAKSFROM SEARCH7
  • 15. TAKINGTOOMANYBREAKSFROM SEARCH Its ok to take occasional breather, but dont allow yourself lengthy breaks every time you make progress. Keep your effort going! 7
  • 16. PUTTINGALLYOUREGGSIN ONEBASKET 8
  • 17. 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. PUTTINGALLYOUREGGSIN ONEBASKET 8
  • 18. NOTDEDICATINGENOUGHTIME TOTHEPROCESS 9
  • 19. 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. NOTDEDICATINGENOUGHTIME TOTHEPROCESS 9
  • 20. LETTINGEMOTIONSAND FRUSTRATIONGETTHEBESTOFYOU10
  • 21. LETTINGEMOTIONSAND FRUSTRATIONGETTHEBESTOFYOU Looking 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. 10
  • 22. FAILINGTOBOUNCEBACKFROMA DAYWITHOUTPROGRESS 11
  • 23. FAILINGTOBOUNCEBACKFROMA DAYWITHOUTPROGRESS Stay 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. 11
  • 24. GETTINGDISTRACTEDANDLEAVING TOOLITTLETIMEFORTHESEARCH12
  • 25. GETTINGDISTRACTEDANDLEAVING TOOLITTLETIMEFORTHESEARCH Keep 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. 12
  • 26. FAILINGTOGETHELPREVIEWING YOURRSUM13
  • 27. FAILINGTOGETHELPREVIEWING YOURRSUM You 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. 13
  • 28. NOTDIVERSIFYINGYOURJOBSEARCH. SOMEPEOPLERELYONONLINEJOBPOSTINGS; OTHERSDEPENDONLYONNETWORKING 14
  • 29. 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. NOTDIVERSIFYINGYOURJOBSEARCH. SOMEPEOPLERELYONONLINEJOBPOSTINGS; OTHERSDEPENDONLYONNETWORKING 14
  • 30. FAILINGTOTAILORYOURRSUMWITHRELEVANT KEYWORDSFOREACHJOBAPPLICATION 15
  • 31. FAILINGTOTAILORYOURRSUMWITHRELEVANT KEYWORDSFOREACHJOBAPPLICATION Customizing 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. 15
  • 32. JUMPINGINTOASEARCHWITHEXPECTATIONSTHAT AREEITHERTOOSPECIFICORTOOBROAD 16
  • 33. 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. JUMPINGINTOASEARCHWITHEXPECTATIONSTHAT AREEITHERTOOSPECIFICORTOOBROAD 16
  • 34. BECOMINGISOLATEDFROMFRIENDSANDFAMILYBECAUSE YOUSPENDTOOMUCHTIMESEARCHINGFORJOBS 17
  • 35. BECOMINGISOLATEDFROMFRIENDSANDFAMILYBECAUSE YOUSPENDTOOMUCHTIMESEARCHINGFORJOBS Build 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. 17
  • 36. FORGETTINGTOINCLUDEOCCASIONAL BREAKSORSOCIALACTIVITIES18
  • 37. 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. FORGETTINGTOINCLUDEOCCASIONAL BREAKSORSOCIALACTIVITIES18
  • 38. RUSHINGINTOTHE PROCESSTOOQUICKLY19
  • 39. RUSHINGINTOTHE PROCESSTOOQUICKLY Do 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. 19
  • 40. NOWGOGETITTIGER! ANDREMEMBER...
  • 41. PASSION
  • 42. PHOTOSCOURTESYOF:StormThorgerson&StormStudios,R.I.P. SOURCE: http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2013/03/18/6-sure-ways-to-sabotage-your-job-search/
  • 43. JARKKOSJMAN @j_sjoman THISWASFUN PLEASESHAREMYSLIDES.