Job Search Mistakes & Effective Tactics
These are some main reasons people don't get the jobs they want.
- Expressing anger or disappointment with previous employer
- Failing to ask for the job at end of the interview
- Failing to apply again to an employer they have contacted or interviewed with before
- Not inquiring into what the next step is
- Not asking enough or the right questions
- Not being able to personally connect with the interviewer
- Lacking humor, warmth, or personality during interviewing process
- Appearing over- or under-qualified for the job
- Failing to set themselves apart from others
- Not showing enough interest and excitement
- Not researching a potential employer/interviewer
- Focusing too much on what they want and too little on what the interviewer is saying
- Not following up correctly or frequently or aggressively enough
- Feeling they can "wing" the interview without preparation
- Not successfully transferring past experience to the opportunity
- Over-explaining what happened in previous job
These are the most effective tactics people are using to land the jobs they want.
- Explore contract work and freelance arrangements
- Customize all communications to fit each prospective employer
- Target jobs for which they have at least 75% of stated qualifications.
- Volunteer at hospitals, churches and other nonprofit groups
- Volunteer to serve as a pro bono resource for nonprofit groups
- Have as many face-to-face informational meetings as they can
- Join groups of other out-of-work people for meetings and get-togethers
- Learn how to transfer their capabilities to match desired job opportunity
- Attend trade shows and professional association meetings
- Be flexible, nimble and ready to react at a moment's notice
- Remain open to new and different job-search strategies
- Develop comprehensive social media profile with searchable key words
- Regularly update their employment status on social media.
A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower