For some people, it may just take a month or two to go from job searching to landing that dream job offer and starting work. However, it’s not always that easy and smooth of a process most of the time. In fact, according to a 2015 article from “U.S. News & World Report” on what’s different about job searching in 2015, it’s taking job seekers longer to go from job searching to getting hired – as much as four months or more. Employers are taking their time to ensure they make the right hire, even when they say upfront they’re looking to fill a position as quickly as possible.
As a job seeker, you may not have much control over the employer’s interviewing and hiring process, but you do have control over how you approach job searching. Avoid the chance of extending the job search or unemployment by being proactive with your job search efforts.
Here are things you can do to avoid a derail in your job search:
1. Don’t procrastinate!
For some who can afford to take time off from work –that’s great, but don’t extend the time off to the point of laziness. The bigger the gap between employments, the more negative it looks on you. It also doesn’t help you make the case that you’re a professional who’s driven and on top of the game in your profession if you’ve been out of work for an extended period of time.
2. Don’t just rely on applying to jobs through job boards!
There are various ways in which you can go about job searching. Looking at job boards for the right opportunities and applying to them is one way, but not necessarily the most effective technique. Employers may receive hundreds of resumes through job boards and the chance of them picking out yours is much slimmer than say if your resume came through as a referral from job networking. Utilize contacts you have to help get you in front of the right people. Expand your job search to LinkedIn and Twitter. This is where you may make more direct contact with the individuals that matter. It’s better than sending your resume to the general HR inbox.
3. Don’t just settle for the first job offer!
Yes, getting a job offer is exciting, but it doesn’t mean you should accept it. Really understand if it’s the job you want and if it’s a job that will pave the way to where you want to be in your career. If you’re unhappy, you’ll only wind up back at Step One – job searching again. The only exception to this is if you’ve been job searching and unemployed for a lengthy time and you want to use it as a platform to help boost the chance of landing a better job. It can be easier to impress employers when they know you’re employed than if you’ve been unemployed for long.
4. Don’t tell the world you’re unemployed and ask them to help find you a job!
Advertising to your entire network of contacts that you’re unemployed and need help finding a job isn’t necessarily going to help. This is reaching out blindly where you send a generic resume to everyone you know. What you want to do instead is direct your time and effort to customizing communication to select individuals who can help you. When you send a personal message seeking advice, you’re bound to get a better response.
You may have heard it before, but job searching really is like a full-time job. You need to put in the effort to get real results! Don’t let any of the mistakes above derail your efforts!
This post was originally published at an earlier date.
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