4 Mistakes You’re Making in Your Job Search


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Have you ever made a mistake?

I know I have made plenty of mistakes in my life. When we make a mistake we need to learn from it and grow. We want to be constant learners in life. We need to build our success on the mountain of mistakes we made to get there. If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not growing or trying.

If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.

– John Wooden

We all have ideas of how we should go about our job search. We even have been taught by people that this is what we should do. We think if we look for the job openings and send our resume we will get interviews.

In today’s market we have to be proactive in finding the job that we can be passionate about. Look for companies you want to work for and find out who does the hiring. Ask family, friends, and associates if they know of anybody hiring. Look to see if the companies you want to work for have posted openings.

When you find a company you feel passionate about, ignore qualifications like “college degree required”. That is there to thin the heard. Make your resume about where you want to go in your career, not just about what you have done in your career. If you don’t like what you have been doing, why would you want to showcase it? In the beginning of your resume you want to show your passion. Show what is your unique gift and how you can help the employer. The person doing the hiring will spend about 30 seconds scanning your resume to see if they want to interview you.

Your resume is just to get you in the door. What really starts the process is your interview. The best time to have interviews is Tuesday through Thursday morning. It is best to avoid Mondays as well as Friday afternoons. Be prepared to answer questions and also have some questions to ask the interviewer. The interview is the way to get the job so be prepared and practice. You could have multiple interviews before they offer you the job.

The interview will have questions for you and most are the same or similar to what most interviewers will ask you. You will be asked questions like “What’s your greatest weakness?” and “Tell me about your accomplishments at work”. Make sure you have answers to the most common interview questions. Here is a great article from Forbes about the top 50 interview questions.

During the interview is not the time to talk about benefits. Many people talk about pay or needing time off before they have been offered the job and this is a big mistake. If you are interviewing and talking about how much pay you want before they decide to hire you, they will probably pass. When you get the job offer is the time to discuss not just pay but also vacation time, flex scheduling, and other items. Today top companies are offering a whole range of benefits like time off to volunteer and sabbaticals. Make sure the company culture fits you.

Top 4 mistakes to avoid in the job search.

  1. Don’t look only for jobs posted.
  2. Don’t make your resume just about work and school history.
  3. Don’t think of the interview simply as a procedure in the process of hiring you.
  4. Don’t talk about money and benefits before they offer you the job.


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