If you’ve been looking for work for a long time and have had few interviews, you may be making one or more of several job search mistakes.
Read below for four things you may be doing that could be hindering your job search.
- Are you trolling the online job search boards and then sending in applications to dozens upon dozens of jobs for which you’re qualified? Or, even worse, are you sending applications to just about any job that seems remotely within your abilities? Then you’re not looking for work: you’re just hitting the “send” button. Even if you’re applying only to jobs for which you’re fully qualified, you’re not really looking for work in a way that’s going to see results. If there’s a job online you see that you like, see who you know within your network who could help you get an introduction. Check out your LinkedIn connections, for one thing. What’s more, instead of applying via the job board, go to the company’s actual website and see if you can find the name of a person who would be hiring for the position. Then send your resume and cover letter to that person.
- Are you going to networking events – or even trolling LinkedIn – and giving/sending your resume to the person – within mere seconds of meeting? No one likes to be ambushed and your chances of having the person actually look at your resume and perhaps pass it on to someone who can use it is incredibly small. Networking is all about building relationships and so you should at minimum let the person know how you’re “related” (you’re both members of the local Chamber, you both graduated from the same college, etc.) and then ask if you can ask “two quick questions.”
- Once you’ve applied for a job (or had an interview) do you contact the HR department, recruiter or even hiring manager constantly? This shows desperation and desperation scares people. Stop it, now! Following up is definitely the right thing to do, but too much of a good thing is…too much. Instead of hounding people, try this: If you haven’t heard anything in a while, send your interviewer a short note reiterating your interest in the position and offer to answer any additional questions the person may have. Then leave it be.
- If you don’t have the exact skills an employer is looking for but you have tons in another area, don’t think that the words “I’m a fast learner,” will help much. You’re on the right track, but you need to couch your experience in a way that will help the employer see how your experience and skills – no matter how unrelated they may be to the job – make you a great candidate.
If looking for work in Redlands, send your resume to the recruiters at Arrow Staffing. We’ve been helping Redlands residents find work with some of the area’s top employers for more than four decades and we’d welcome the chance to do the same for you. If you are looking for employment agencies in Redlands, contact our experienced team today.