As you journey through your career, you never know when you will determine it is the right time to put your name out there for new job opportunities.
Be sure to avoid these three mistakes before and during your job search:
1. Not Utilizing Your Network
First, it is highly unlikely that you will find a job based on job postings. It is more probable, however, that you will find a new position because of someone in your network.
Responding to a job posting can decrease your chance of landing a job because of the sheer volume of applicants. Your network, on the other hand, offers you a reference to get your name in the game and someone who vouches for you as a quality candidate.
Furthermore, it is imperative you utilize your network in a way that will benefit your job search. Organizing your network so you communicate to those who have the most knowledge of the industry in which you are searching is much better than sending your resume via mass email. Most people find mass emails disingenuous and will write it off as spam. Instead, personally connecting with industry experts helps you find positions better matched to your desired job.
2. Not Adapting to the Times
When formatting your essential job search documents, be sure to adapt them to fit today’s world. Most likely, your resume will be viewed on a tablet or smartphone. Therefore, ensure your resume format can be displayed on one of those mediums without a problem.
Additionally, focus on not only your employment history but also on your achievements. Be sure to highlight your STAR stories to make your resume and your candidacy stand out.
Remember, the standard ways of doing things are constantly changing; therefore, it is essential that you, too, adapt to the times. Avoid holding on to old rules and conventions just because “that is the way it has always been done” and buying into common job search myths. Instead, lead with innovation, expertise, and professionalism.
3. Not Getting a Head Start
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is waiting until you need a job before paving the way for a job search. Most positions are found through referrals and people you know or are getting to know. It takes time to build an extensive network and foster relationships with people. Think of this network as part of your job responsibilities. You never know when you will want to broaden your opportunities or bring someone new to your team; therefore, networking is always worthwhile.