The job search process can be a stressful experience, but you can make your search a more fruitful one by choosing the right approach. This means avoiding tactics that are unlikely to lead to a successful new position.
Some of the key job search tactics you should avoid when you are looking for your next position include:
- Applying to jobs you aren’t qualified for: Applying to jobs you aren’t qualified for is a waste of your limited time that could be spent perfecting your application for a position you’re a good fit for. It also annoys potential employers, who may be less likely to consider your candidacy in the future if a job that’s right for you opens up.
- Sending out only online applications: Many people flood internet job postings with resumes so hiring managers could receive hundreds of applications. It can be hard to stand out in the crowd with so many resumes coming in. Looking for a job using other means, such as attending job fairs or using local newspapers to see if companies in your area are hiring, could be a good alternative since you may be more likely to get noticed.
- Doing networking the wrong way by ambushing others with your resume: When you’re networking online or in person, don’t thrust your resume at everyone you make a connection with. Instead, take the time to talk and get to know people first. Build a rapport and then ask if it would be OK to provide your information.
- Calling too often about a job opportunity: While it’s good to follow up about an application, hiring managers are busy and you’ll do nothing but annoy them if you call too often. If you’ve already made contact, ask when it would be OK to follow up and then follow the instructions you are given.
If you are frustrated with your job search tactics not leading to getting hired, one of the best options you have is to get professional help. Working with a recruiter will allow you to get your resume in front of companies hiring people with your skill set – and you’re more likely to get hired because you come in with a recommendation from a trusted staffing professional.
IES Custom Staffing is here and ready to help you land your dream job so you can achieve the career success that’s been alluding you. To find out more about how we can help with your job hunt, contact us today.