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Resource: Career Advice
How Overdoing It Will Get Your Job Search Nowhere
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

In the race to find employment, people will go full speed ahead to trump the competition. It's a natural instinct to put forth more effort faster and better than the rest. This approach in a job search, however, doesn't exactly lead to coming out on top.

You would be surprised to know that there is such a thing as being too aggressive in a job search. Sending out too many resumes, contacting people far beyond your own network, and overall spreading yourself too thin. Like most things, a job search has to be executed with a balanced approach in order to progress.

If you're wondering why you haven't heard back from nearly as many employers as you've applied to, an overly aggressive job search could be the reason. Here are some ways to help you determine whether you need to tone yours down a bit:

Calling multiple times to follow up on your application. Following up should usually be done after an interview. Many often think that the follow-up call will impress persistence and enthusiasm upon the hiring manager. Hiring managers, on the other hand, will more than likely tell you that it's more of an annoyance than a good impression. When hiring managers have to deal with piles of applications for just one position, the last thing they want to deal with is getting calls from applicants checking in. As a candidate, it's normal to want to feel like you have some control over each resume or application you send out but in this circumstance, let the hiring managers call you.

Applying to every job without enough thought. This is an easy one. The problem with this is that you may be setting yourself up for failure thus wasting your efforts. The callbacks are bound to be scarce if you're applying to jobs that you're not the best match for. The better approach would be to look carefully through the job descriptions. The closer matched you are to the job description, the likelier a callback will happen.

Showing up in person unannounced. Unless you have an interview scheduled, there really is no reason you should be stopping by the company. Showing up unexpectedly anywhere, especially to a potential employer is impolite, to say the least. There's no quicker way than to get your application sent to the trash can. Hiring managers would more than likely put this as the number one no-no of job seeking. Since most applications are sent electronically now, that even if you went in to inquire about an application they will just tell you to go home and do it online.