Searching for a job can be a full-time job in itself. Between searching online job boards and networking with others, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the job hunting process. While there’s no substitute for hard work, there are some things that you might be doing that waste your time.
Here are a few job search time wasters to avoid:
1. Applying For Jobs You Aren’t Qualified For
If you are in desperate need of a job, you may be tempted to apply for all of the latest job openings posted online. The problem with this strategy is that every employer has its own set of criteria for each job posting. If you don’t meet this criteria, applying for the job will only waste your time (and the time of the employer).
Recruiters and hiring managers are not likely to consider you for the position if you don’t meet their minimum requirements. Instead of wasting your time applying for every job listing you can find, focus on applying for jobs that you actually qualify for.
2. Not Expanding Your Search Methods
Many job seekers focus all of their energy searching online for job opportunities. Online job boards should be an integral part of your search, but it should not the only avenue you focus on. Try setting up email alerts for new job postings that meet your criteria and trying new job search outlets. Aside from online job boards and social media, you can also attend networking events and job fairs to get in touch with recruiters. Diversifying your search will increase your chances of landing the job you want.
3. Applying For Jobs You Don’t Want
Why apply for a job you don’t want? You may be surprised by how many people actually do this. If you have no interest in the employer or the position, don’t waste your time submitting an application or attending an interview. This only wastes your time and the recruiter’s time as well. Even if you are in urgent need of a job, you should only focus your time and energy on applying for jobs that appeal to you.
4. Sending Out Mass Resumes
Are you sending the same resume to every employer? A generic resume is not going to catch the eye of the employer and certainly not going to help you land the job you want. With each application, take the time to tweak your resume to suit the job position. Your resume needs to be relevant to the employer for them to consider hiring you. It’s perfectly fine to use a generic resume as a foundation and tweak the details to suit each employer’s needs.
5. Waiting By The Phone
Far too often, people put their job hunting on hold after they have had a promising interview. They wait by the phone, sometimes for weeks, for a response. Even if you think you nailed your latest interview, you should still continue the job search process. Recruiters and hiring managers interview many candidates, but not all of them can be hired. A good interview is a great sign, but it’s not a definite answer. Continue searching until you actually receive a job offer that you want to take.
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