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Career coaches on the biggest mistakes people make in the job search

Career coaches on the biggest mistakes people make in the job search

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Starting with you

Focus on you first as the foundation. Your beliefs, attitude, and energy will determine your success. Spend time building up your confidence. 

  • Jot down your competencies, character traits, core strengths.
  • Craft a narrative about your future ambitions and repeat the...

Your resume is a marketing document, not an autobiography that details every past role and responsibility. Your objective it trying to prompt a purchase decision, which is to invite you in for an interview.

Delve into job boards and companies' careers pages. Pull a few postings, and find wh...

Looking at the big picture

Remember all of the skills you bring to the table. If you're applying for a project management role, consider highlighting the complementary skills you bring to the table. However, it should be a value add, not a random sidebar of your career.

Showing how your specific background allows you...

Show a company what you can do for them. Don't put too much emphasis on what you want.

For instance, when asked "Why do you want to work here?", don't start with "I want to grow..." They really want to know how will you contribute to their business. Reframe your answer and use...

Online job boards are only a small percentage of the available market. Hiring managers are flooded with resumes from online job boards and might not look at every one.

Instead, spend more time networking with friends, second-degree connections, or keep an ear open for positions before they'...

Networking

It is too late to try and network when you need something. Networking is about mutually beneficial professional relationships developed over time.

Start by connecting with three different contacts a week. Then, when you want to find a job, you have many people to support you.

Most hiring managers receive a large volume of applications. It is impossible for them to screen everyone.

It is a mistake if you have spent time acting on an opportunity with a great resume and cover letter, and then not following up. Follow up with every position.

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