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Four Job Search Errors That Could Ruin Your Career Success


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Job searching is tough. The struggle of finding a role that matches your capabilities, within an organisation that fits your ethos, is something each job searcher faces. People fall at all hurdles along the way, from a poor CV, mediocre interview techniques or simply applying for the wrong jobs.

Lots of people make mistakes Ė we are human after all. Here are some common blunders and how to avoid them.

  1. Focusing your time on advertised vacancies

The more senior the role you are looking for, the less likely it is to be advertised and the phrase Ďitís not what you know, itís who you knowí has never rung more true. In the current job market it is important that you get out and make connections with people in your industry. Pick up the phone and call in favours from ex-colleagues and friends. Even business contacts will prove useful for putting you in touch with industry peers. Keep your ear to the ground and make sure you get your foot in the door at the early stages of the recruitment process.

  1. Applying for too many jobs

Somebody emailed me today claiming they had applied for 100+ jobs over three days and freely admitted not being suitable for 75% of them. This example is extreme but itís not unheard of. When getting desperate, people tend to apply for anything that will pay but this strategy almost certainly wonít work. You may get some interviews, but without carefully planning your next move the companies you apply to will not match your capabilities or your career desires. To succeed you must research the kind of companies you want to work for and understand your own capabilities to exemplify how you can impact and benefit a business.

  1. Messing up at interview

There are many blunders you can make at interview stage and the internet is littered with articles detailing the most 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 guarantee for success as an employer will be looking for someone that shares the same outlook as the organisation. For this reason, you must make sure you research the company and that you reflect the values of the business in all of your responses, your questions and even the way you dress. Try to understand as best you can the attitude of the company and the direction it is taking and then prove to them you share their motivation.

  1. Seeking feedback

So you havenít been shortlisted? That doesnít mean you didnít perform well. Maybe your interview was disastrous? How will you know without asking? Not everyone will provide feedback but if they do then it could iron out any mistakes you are making and help you perform better in the future. Remember to take criticism constructively and not to get disheartened. There is always room for improvement and gaining feedback could make the difference to your success.

Much of what Iíve said is easier said than done. Three out of the four pointers come down to research and many people in full time employment feel they do not have the time to commit to this level of groundwork. A career coach can assist you with any difficulties you may face, as well as assisting you to build your network and research suitable organisations. They can put you on the right track to success whilst ensuring you spend your time productively.

About the Author

Personal Career Solutions have been operating in the career management and 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 please visit 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

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