Want to Know how to Job Search? Don’t Make These Errors

August 3, 2012

Job Hunt

Get Hired Fast - how to job searchDo you know how to job search without committing the most serious errors possible? According to a recent story by Newsday, many of today’s job seekers don’t, and the mistakes that they are making are making it harder for them to find a job today.

If you want to know how to find a job in today’s competitive hiring market, make sure you avoid these job search mistakes.

You’re too Picky

As the Newsday story says, many people today are still holding out for their dream jobs. Problem is there aren’t enough jobs available today. This means that many job seekers will have to be less picky.

This isn’t always a bad thing. Many times, you can work your way up from what you consider an average job to one that truly is a dream job. In today’s challenging hiring environment, getting a job should be your primary goal. Once you achieve that, you can begin impressing your bosses enough so that you can reach that dream job.

The Wrong Kind of Thank-You Note

You know how important it is to send a thank-you note to potential employers after a job interview. But do you know how to write the right kind of thank-you note? Too many job seekers today don’t.

As the Newsday story says, a thank-you note should be short and to the point. One that’s too long makes job seekers seem a bit desperate. Besides, busy executives don’t have time to read long thank-you notes.

On the other hand, make sure that your thank-you note isn’t too short, either. A note of just one or two sentences can make you appear to be flippant or ungrateful, and that’s not the image you want to convey.

The Newsday story recommends that job seekers keep their thank-you’s between four and eight sentences.

Don’t Forget to Check Your References

Another common mistake? Job seekers sometimes don’t check with their references before including them on their resumes. This can lead to awkward situations when companies call on references who are surprised to hear that a candidate listed them.

Before including references with your resumes, make sure to check with them first, no matter how long you’ve known them. You want your references to be prepared to sing your praises when a potential employer calls. That won’t happen if you don’t check with them first.

If you need more advice on how to job search and find employment, be sure to sign up for our Get Hired Boot Camp. Our career counselors can give you the tips you need for a successful job search.

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