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Resource: Career Advice
5 Things That Weaken a Job Search
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It's nearly impossible to conduct a perfect job search. You will make mistakes along the way, and most are easy to recover from as long as you learn from them. The job searching process is just that, a process, and improving as you go on is a part of that.

It's definitely a bad sign when you're not seeing results from your efforts, or even worse that you're making the same mistakes more often. Many of these common simple mistakes are easy to fixed when caught. The best way to catch yourself from tripping is with a careful eye and a conscious mind.

Here are some mistakes that yours may be overlooking:

1) Unpreparedness

Showing up to an interview unprepared is like wearing a name tag that says, "Hello, I'm NEW." It becomes obvious that you're not used to the interview protocol. Granted, not everyone has been to enough interviews to become an expert interviewee. All the same, one should always know what their expectations are especially if it could make or break your career.

2) Negative comments

Whether in a cover letter or during an interview, never express hard feelings toward anyone from your professional past. The second you do you can kiss your professional future go goodbye. Remember that everyone goes through hardships at one point or another in their career, but the real test is how you tackle those challenges. Negative comments can sound like bitterness or excuses to a potential employer. Instead, show them how you learned and grew from those tough experiences.

3) Not following directions

When things seem easily doable, people can often ignore the directions with the notion that they already know exactly what to do. The problem is, they don't. Many employers will provide directions on their way of taking applications and for obtaining certain requested information. Failing to obide by specific directions is an quick way to get eliminated as a candidate since potential employers will look for this first. They are checking to make sure that you are thorough and read the fine print. There's nothing worse than making a mistake that is easily preventable.

4) Limiting your resources

Job openings are not only posted online or in the classifieds. You can find them through social media as well as at job fairs. One way that you can find jobs that aren't posted is by creating a list of companies you want to apply to and find out who some of the people are who work there that may be able to help you. These people would include managers, human resources, and recruiters. Since the jobs are going to find you, you have to go out there and find them.

5) Not being social enough on

This pertains to being social on social media sites. No longer can a person get by with having just a Facebook profile and consider that as presence enough. You not only have to be active on your profiles but also have several on different platforms such as Google+ and Twitter, and LinkedIn. Those are just the major ones but by no means should you feel limited to them. Check out sites like about.me where you can customize your profile to serve as somewhat of an interactive business card. This is a fun way to make an impression and also gain some recognition in the social media space.