Are you in the process of searching for a new job but can't seem to get the callbacks you want? You could be making some big job search mistakes. Don't worry, though! We can help you identify what you're doing wrong in your job search, and how to fix it. Here are seven common mistakes job seekers make:
Whether you were fired, laid off, let go, need to make a career change, or just quit your job, it's important to find activities that will make you more employable when you're out of work. Otherwise, you'll have a hard time keeping up with qualified job candidates who aren't desperate for a job.
Also, you'll have a lot of explaining to do when it comes to addressing employment gaps on your resume. Your goal is to fill those employment gaps with productive activities that are relevant to your field. So, when you're unemployed, don't waste valuable time just sitting around applying to jobs online. Instead, make yourself more employable by doing one of these resume boosters:
That awkward moment in a conversation when someone says, “What do you do?” can feel almost as painful as the day when you lost your job. Related: 5 Things You Should Be Doing If You're Unemployed However, it is not necessary to bend your head in dismay and unload your negative job talk on a listener. Instead, there are many ways to handle this question (and avoid feeling down on yourself) at networking events and in everyday conversation. Here are some helpful ideas and tips to reassure your comfort and confidence when the question is pose to you:
You know the saying, “Applying to jobs is a full-time job”? Don’t listen to it. Related: Resume not working? Watch our resume tutorials NOW! Applying to jobs you’re not qualified for (which 50% of job seekers reportedly do!) is counter-productive to your job search. Competition is too fierce. Even qualified applicants aren’t getting callbacks.