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Common Things That May Hamper Your Job Search

August 14, 2017

Are you disappointed about the results of your job search? Were you hoping for a better and quicker outcome? Well, if it's not happening, most likely you're doing something wrong. Take a step back and critically analyze everything you have done for now. See if you have made any of the common mistakes of job seekers. Keep in mind that when you fix them, you will certainly see different results!

Three Things That May Hinder Your Job Search

You Apply Only For Jobs You Find on Job Boards

Statistics says that only about 15% of applicants find jobs through online search. Besides, over 70% of job seekers find a position through job networking or another similar way. Keep this in mind when you are looking for a good position. Don't limit yourself to looking through the job boards. Even if you do it every day, it won't do you much good if it's the only thing you do. Moreover, you should know that companies usually post their offers on boards after posting them on social media. Therefore, it's a good idea to make a target list of companies you like and follow their updates on social media, as well as contact them personally to check if they have any available positions at the moment.

You Have Only One Cover Letter and Resume to Send to Different Companies

Of course, a hiring manager will spend only a few minutes looking through your resume and cover letter, but those are very important few minutes. Usually, a hiring manager will search for the keywords that are specific to the position you're applying for. So, make sure that you have these keywords in your resume and cover letter. It means that you need to study the job description very thoroughly, find these keywords, and create a separate resume and cover letter for each position you're applying for.

You Did Not Update Your LinkedIn Page

Remember that your LinkedIn account may become your best friend or your biggest enemy in your job searching process. Make sure it's the first one. Keep in mind that a hiring manager will probably want to look at your LinkedIn page, and you want them to see only relevant information about you. Therefore, make sure that your account is finished, well-written, up-to-date, and good-looking. It won't take long to put everything together and keep things updated, but it will certainly serve you a good favor in the future!

Now, when you know what mistakes you might have made, work on fixing them. If you do everything correctly the next time, you're bound to be successful in your job search!

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