7 of the Most Common Job Search Mistakes

by Peter Jones

You’ve been job searching for ages—whether for your first job or your fifteenth. But nothing seems to be coming together for you. It’s always possible there might be something you are doing to hold yourself back. If in doubt, check yourself for these 7 common job search mistakes.

3. You blast out applications but don’t network

You’re blasting out applications by the dozens. You’ve probably applied to over 100 jobs this month, maybe 200. But you’re not getting any interviews. If you’re blasting out this kind of quantity, you’re probably focusing on online job postings, which is a mistake. You need to be doing the hard work of networking and building up your profiles on social media. You need to be doing more homework. And getting more face time in your industry. So scale back the blitzes, and make your job search smaller but much more targeted. The difference will be clear.

5. You wallow in your weak spots

Cut yourself a little slack. You’re never going to be perfect. No one is. Stop fixating on what is wrong with you and start playing up your strengths. There has to be something you are good at. Go with that and have confidence in your abilities.

See all 7 and the complete TheJobNetwork.com article

5 Guerrilla Job Search Hacks You Should Be Using

Donna Smallin Kuper

Having a killer resume is great. But how do you go about getting it into a prospective employer’s hands? You must start a guerrilla job search and get tactical about finding your next job with these five secret weapons that will set you apart from other job seekers.

3. Set up Google alerts.

Create alerts with keywords of interest for prospective employers, including information about their competition and other business news. Set aside time every day to read through the alerts you receive via email. When appropriate, send links to hiring managers and people in your network with a note to say that you came across this in your reading today and thought they might be interested. Just be sure to send information that your recipients will value and don’t inundate anyone with too many emails. You’ll also want to share links to interesting articles with your online network on LinkedIn and other social media accounts.

Why this works: Becoming a curator of useful content sets you up as someone who’s interested and in the know about current events in your field.

4. Keep your search organized with a tracking system.

How will you remember what version of your resume you sent, to whom, and when? Or when was your last contact with a hiring manager? Set up an activity log to keep track of important dates, names and titles of contacts within an organization, how you heard about the company/job opening, notes about the company, and notes about your interview. Your system can be as simple as a folder for each company with all related documents or an electronic folder system. Save to Dropbox or Google Drive so you can access it anytime, anywhere.

Why this works: Organizing your guerrilla job search details will help keep important information at your fingertips for easy access, planning, and follow-up.

See all 5 hacks and the complete FlexJobs article

20 Top Recruiting Experts and Job Gurus to Follow on Twitter Now

Social media provides more than a window of entertainment and breaking news — it can open up doors into the world of job recruitment and career experts. Twitter is a popular platform where experts of all kinds take 140 characters to publish information and advice on all things job search. Even better? You can get some insight into everything from how to up your game on social media to job openings.

Below, we highlight some of our favorite follows (which was difficult to narrow down!). From tweeting the best articles in industry news to tips on job openings, we’ve got you covered in all sorts of industries:

Resume and LinkedIn help, follow @AvidCareerist.

General career advice and job openings, follow @dailymuse.

Workplace trends and startups, follow @DanSchawbel.
Recruitment and career tips for all ages, follow @UndercoverRec.
Job-hunting tips and tricks, follow @GetSwitch.
Job Search Tips and Strategy @JobSearchJedi

6 Top tips to get your resume noticed by recruiters

How much time do you think a recruiter takes to go through a resume? A few minutes maybe? Is this what you thought?

Well, the truth, according to a study by TheLadders, is that recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing an individual’s resume.

Sounds insane, right?

So, now the real question is how to get your resume noticed so that it can last more than those 6 seconds.

In this guest post, Tressie Williams, a corporate professional with a passion for corporate recruiting, outlines 6 top tips to make your resume stand out quickly…

2. Are You Sending The Same Resume Everywhere?

The most common mistake almost everyone does is, send the same resume to every organization that they apply for.

The key to get your resume noticed and to get the job is to optimize it according to the profile of the company you are applying for. Be creative in this part because recruiters are not an expert in the field for which they recruit. They are just normal people looking for certain specific keywords on the resume to see if the person is capable of the job or not.

So never forget to add those keywords in your resume, else it will be trashed by a computer before it even reaches a human being.

In addition, avoid grammatical & spelling mistakes at all cost. They are absolutely inexcusable in the 21st century.

5. Your Achievements Speaks For You

If you are still stuck with those high school achievements on your resume, then better use that space to get your resume noticed for the real achievements you have achieved over the years.

That light hearted information will eventually come up in the face to face interview. So, use this part of the resume to enable the potential employer to understand the kind of performer you were in the previous positions you have held.

Research has shown that your past performance predicts your future performance. So, never forget to add the challenges you faced, the actions you took to correct the problems and what the results were.

See all 6 Top Tips and the complete JobSearchBible article

15 Things Every Job Seeker Needs To Know And Do

Searching for a job? It’s never an easy process, but it is something that everyone has to do. If you want to survive the job search, there are a few things every job seeker needs to know and do.

 

Every job search is slightly different. A job candidate seeking a job on Wall Street will need different strategies than a job seeker looking to work a season as a dive instructor on a tropical island. But no matter what type of job you are searching for, there are a lot of things that will apply to every job seeker.

Here is a collection of tips and tidbits of wise wisdom that pertain to the job search. These are the things that every job seeker needs to know and do. Read these tips and remember them. Apply them to your job search today:

  1. People Hire People
  2. Your Network Is Important
  3. The Follow Up And Thank You Notes Can Make The Difference
  4. Don’t Spend Your Job Search Online, Log Some Face Time

See all 15 and the complete JobMonkeyBlog

9 Things to Take Your LinkedIn Profile and Resume from Good to Great

By Peter Economy
You only have one chance to make a first impression when you’re looking for a new job — make sure it’s a good one.

Whether or not you’re looking for a new job, it’s always a really good idea to make sure your LinkedIn profile and resume are always up to date and as professional looking as possible. Take it from personal experience–you never know when the job you’ve got today just might not be around tomorrow.

Here are 9 things you can do right now to make your LinkedIn profile and resume really stand out.

4. Use a professional-looking email account

Don’t use your too cute email address from high school or college (corksniffer212@aol.com, for example)–select a professional-looking email address based on your name.

8. Provide a concise list of duties

Don’t load up your resume or LinkedIn profile with page after page of job duties. Boil each job down to its essence–focusing on the things you have done to bring real value to your company.

9. Avoid generic job titles

Some companies come up with job titles that are remarkably nondescriptive, such as “manager” or “clerk.” A prospective employer is going to wonder, “Manager of what?” or “What kind of clerk?” If you’ve got a generic job title, add to it in a way that explains exactly what it is you do.

See all 9 things and the complete Inc article