The Best Job Search Strategies Won’t Help if You’re Sabotaging Yourself

September 10, 2012

Interviewing, Job Hunt

Get Hired Fast - job search strategiesYou can find a host of job search strategies today. Blogs, websites, and magazines offer plenty of tips for boosting your job search. Your friends, relatives, and former co-workers are usually all too happy to provide you with interview tips and strategies.

But all the job search advice you can find won’t help you in your efforts to make a professional job change if you make the most common mistakes of job seekers.

U.S. News & World Report recently ran an interesting look at some of the biggest mistakes that job hunters make. If you want to find work this year, make sure to avoid these costly errors.

Don’t Badmouth Your Former or Current Employers

Getting a job interview is a major achievement in today’s economy. So once you get that interview, don’t blow it.

And, as the U.S. News & World Report story says, don’t bad-mouth your former or current employer.

Hiring managers and executives want to work with positive people. You won’t appear as one of these if you spend half your interview complaining that your former boss never sought out your ideas or advice. And if you spend a great deal of time talking about how little you respected your co-workers, you’ll do nothing but make a bad impression on your interviewers.

Why? Your interviewers will rightly wonder whether the real problem at your last company was your boss and co-workers or you. Most companies, with their choice of qualified candidates, won’t take the risk that you were the problem.

Don’t Show Up Unarmed with Information

Thanks to the Internet, you have no excuse to not show up to a job interview armed with relevant information about the company at which you are interviewing and the work that they do.

Research is easy today. Company officials expect candidates to take at least a bit of effort to find out what their firms do. If you show up to interview having not done this, don’t expect to receive a job offer or a second interview opportunity.

Don’t Ignore Social Media

The U.S. News & World Report story closes with this gem: You need to tap the power of social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter if you want to find a job. These sites allow you to communicate instantly with your entire network of business contacts. They also provide you with a chance to build a reputation as a thoughtful and articulate practitioner in your field. By participating in business discussions on LinkedIn, for instance, you might form online relationships with some of the bigger names in your field. This can only help when you are looking for a job.

No one disputes that conducting a professional job search is a challenge today. The high unemployment rate isn’t making it easy for anyone to find a job. But if you avoid the biggest job search mistakes, you’ll dramatically increase your odds to land new work this year.

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