Make time for your job search. If you truly want to find a new job, you need to make your job search a priority in your life right now. If you’re struggling to get going, remember why you’re doing all of this. It will give you the motivation you need to push through.
3. You’re ‘spraying and praying.’
Okay, so you’ve applied to 200 jobs in the last 30 days. Yet, you still haven’t landed a job interview. The truth is, if you’re spending all of your time applying to jobs online, you’re wasting your time. Unfortunately, online job boards are flooded with candidates, which makes it extremely difficult to stand out. Conducting a small-scale job search and targeting your efforts is a much more effective use of your time.Essentially, focus your energy researching, networking, and customizing your strategy instead of applying to 10 random jobs a day.
4. You’re making it impossible for recruiters and technology to read your resume.
Recruiters spend about six seconds skimming resumes. If you’re not making it easy for them to find what they need in those six seconds, your resume is probably headed straight for the trash (even if you’re the most qualified candidate for the job!).
Make sure you’re showcasing the best information at the top of your resume so recruiters can find what they need fast. Also, make sure you’re using the latest resume formatting techniques so both recruiters and applicant tracking systems can read your resume properly.
5. You’re obsessing over your weaknesses.
You’re not perfect, and you’re not going to be good at everything you do. Cut yourself some slack! If you’re fixated on everything that’s “wrong” with you, you’re doing yourself a HUGE disservice. Instead of focusing on your weaknesses, play to your strengths. Figure out what you ARE good at and use those things to help you get where you want to go.
6. You’re not learning from your mistakes.
If you find yourself running into the same issues over and over again in your job search, you need to take a timeout and think about why this is happening. If you fail to understand what went wrong and don’t learn from your mistakes, your job search won’t move forward.
7. You’re trying to job search alone.
Job search isn’t easy, and it can be so tempting to give up at times. If you’re trying to do it all by yourself, it’s going to be very hard. However, if you have a community of people in your shoes who are there to support you, keep you accountable, and celebrate your wins, it will not only make job search easier, but it will also make it more enjoyable.
If you’re doing any of these things, it’s time to reevaluate your job search strategy. Stop wasting time and energy on activities that aren’t working. Build a better strategy so you can get out there and find a job you love faster!
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