Job Hunt Mistakes Those Trying to Return to Work Make

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Job Hunt Mistakes Those Trying to Return to Work Make

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Anyone who’s been unemployed and job searching for longer than they’d like will have feelings of vulnerability, which ultimately impact their level of confidence. Unfortunately, this is where the job hunt can go downhill. A lack of confidence can lead to insecurities and feelings of hopelessness. There may be a period where the job search mission is put on halt. Or, in some cases, job seekers begin to project desperation in front of prospective employers instead of strength and capabilities to do the job well. Continuing in a negative cycle will only lead to greater disappointments in the job hunt.

Here are tips to help avoid job hunt mistakes:

Employers hire to fill a need, not because they feel sorry for you
Remember that employers have an open position to fill a need within the organization. They will hire the candidate who demonstrates and expresses confidence and the ability to meet the demands of the job. Regardless of how the job search process has gone, start every opportunity with a fresh and open mind to express confidently how you can help fulfill the needs of the employer.

Showing desperation does not impress
It’s understandable that after a lengthy period of unemployment there may be pressure to secure a job, especially if you’re falling behind on bills. Attempting to be overly flexible, or desperate for a job isn’t the right move to make. Most employers aren’t looking to find the overly-agreeable or cheapest worker. Maintain a positive attitude! It’s about showcasing to employers that you’re a confident and competent candidate for the job, not someone who is looking to take the first job they can get their hands on. Accepting the wrong job can also back-fire. You must consider if it’s really a job you’ll be satisfied with. If you find dissatisfaction with a job, it’ll only put you back in the same position you are in now – job searching.

Stick to a plan and routine
Develop a plan and routine to go about job searching. You’ll be less likely to spend endless hours at job searching and getting no results. Have a strategy to finding new employers to target. Designate specific times during your day to conduct research on employers and the best contacts to reach for the job. And, have a plan to act on opportunities. Remember, when it comes to job searching it is not about how many resumes you send out. Focus your time and efforts on job opportunities that truly match your interests and goals. Customize your approach for each job opportunity to effectively showcase that you have the experience and skills the employer desires. For more tips, read: “Best Job Search Advice: Building a Job Search Plan.”

Don’t stop
It’s easy to go astray from the job search, but to get results you must keep at it! Not every job seeker is fortunate in securing a new job within a month of job searching. For some, it may take up to a year or longer. It varies person to person and can also be impacted by your profession and salary level. If your goal is to be employed, don’t stop job searching even if there are high hopes a recent job interview will turn into a job offer. Employers can have various reasons for changing decisions and it just takes one rejection to throw you off course if you’ve put a stop on the job search. Yes, you may prefer spending your time doing other things, it may be the third round of interviewing with an employer, or you may have been rejected for the third time, but stopping the job search effort only means you’ll be unemployed longer. It’s understandable that losing a job offer to someone else can be disheartening, but you can bounce back from it! For more tips, read: “Tips to Handling Rejection as a Job Seeker.”

No one will disagree with you that job searching is hard work and can take a toll on you mentally, but pondering on all the negatives of the job search process will not change your employment status. You must keep at it and learn from each experience to improve on the next opportunity that comes your way. Make sure you resume is also ready for employers. For more tips to resume writing, read: “Resume Trends to Follow for the New Year.”