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6 Deadly job-search traps
« on: June 22, 2012, 06:11:11 AM »
Many times, your job-search remains a long drawn process without yielding results. Are you caught in a trap from which coming out is difficult? Check out whether you are committing these mistakes during your job-hunt.

Do you feel that your long drawn job search process has not yielded results? Donít be upset and give up; rest assured, companies need and hire good people. Hence, if you play by the rules, success indeed will be yours. So, what are these rules? We have discussed many times what needs to be done for a job search. Let us now look at some of the possible avoidable traps.





Your job search is a casual activity: Instead of making your job-hunt a full-time job in itself, you treat it casually. Unfortunately, it does not work. For your job-search to be productive, spread out. Remember, itís a number game; hence following up, writing to propose your candidature, etc are all factors leading to its culmination. These can never be managed with a casual disposition. Hence, treat it seriously.
Your CV shows your lackadaisical attitude: You send a standard resume to all job openings; but with so much competition this is like tossing a pebble in an ocean and waiting to see its ripples. It is important to re-work your CV to fit job requirements of every job you apply for. Also, be very careful of typos or small grammatical error as these can get you labelled as careless, throwing your job search for a toss. With thousands of applications, it wouldnít take the hiring manager a second to trash your resume if it has errors. Your CV is a portrayal of yourself, so, make it perfect sans any mistake. Hence, proofread it carefully to be doubly sure.

You donít follow up: Many have this feeling that following up with the hiring manager means stooping to sycophancy or showing desperation. But that isnít true. You can be innovative as well as impressive during a follow-up. Following up is essential as your resume can miss the cut at first in the resume piles. But an e-mail or a phone call can just work wonders and revive your chances.
You donít network: Professional networking is important in a job search as it is one of the most effective ways to land a job. A good referral can land you a good job as also give you leads about vacancies of suitable positions. If nothing else, at least your contacts can send your resume to relevant people in their respective organisations.You never know when a suitable opening may come up. All you need to do is to talk about your job search with everyone to get started. Social networking can also open avenues for you.

You think career portals are of no good: Registering with a career portal or getting enlisted with consultants is important when youíre job-hunting. These increase your accessibility and you even have a chance to get to unadvertised jobs. Use this tool to its fullest potential. (Also read: Tips to get your online resume noticed)
You put all your eggs in one basket: This is the biggest trap. Donít just depend on one source, as lot of people tend to depend on the Internet alone. Do some legwork and find out potential means to reach the employer. Example select companies you want to work with and send out your resume directly to them. Use all the above mentioned tools to your advantage.

Avoiding these traps will help you strengthen your chances. Remember, this fine-tuning in your job-search strategy will help you go a long way in your career.

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