Four Job Search Errors That Could Ruin Your Career Success
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searching is tough. The struggle of finding a role that matches your
capabilities, within an organisation that fits your ethos, is something
job searcher faces. People fall at all hurdles along the way, from a
mediocre interview techniques or simply applying for the wrong jobs.
of people make mistakes Ė we are human after all. Here are some common
and how to avoid them.
your time on advertised vacancies
more senior the role you are looking for,
the less likely it is to be advertised and the phrase Ďitís not what
itís who you knowí has never rung more true. In the current job market
important that you get out and make connections with people in your
up the phone and call in favours from ex-colleagues and friends. Even
contacts will prove useful for putting you in touch with industry
your ear to the ground and make sure you get your foot in the door at
stages of the recruitment process.
for too many jobs
emailed me today claiming they had
applied for 100+ jobs over three days and freely admitted not being
for 75% of them. This example is extreme but itís not unheard of. When
desperate, people tend to apply for anything that will pay but this
almost certainly wonít work. You may get some interviews, but without
planning your next move the companies you apply to will not match your
capabilities or your career desires. To succeed you must research the
companies you want to work for and understand your own capabilities to
exemplify how you can impact and benefit a business.
up at interview
are many blunders you can make at
interview stage and the internet is littered with articles detailing
sublime and ridiculous. The key to succeeding at interview is to be as
professional as you can be. Having the most experience is not a
success as an employer will be looking for someone that shares the same
as the organisation. For this reason, you must make sure you research
company and that you reflect the values of the business in all of your
your questions and even the way you dress. Try to understand as best
the attitude of the company and the direction it is taking and then
them you share their motivation.
you havenít been shortlisted? That doesnít
mean you didnít perform well. Maybe your interview was disastrous? How
know without asking? Not everyone will provide feedback but if they do
could iron out any mistakes you are making and help you perform better
future. Remember to take criticism constructively and not to get
There is always room for improvement and gaining feedback could make
difference to your success.
of what Iíve said is easier said than done. Three out of the four
down to research and many people in full time employment feel they do
the time to commit to this level of groundwork. A career coach can
with any difficulties you may face, as well as assisting you to build
network and research suitable organisations. They can put you on the
track to success whilst ensuring you spend your time productively.
About the Author
Personal Career Solutions have been operating in the career
outplacement field for over a decade and can provide professional input
into your career to make sure you are on the right
road. To meet with a consultant for a free, no obligation appraisal
or call 0844 880 6690 to speak to a representative.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2011-02-09 17:10:46 in Employee Articles