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10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by CrazyMan(m): 7:59am On Aug 24, 2015
Many people make significant job search mistakes and never even know about it. These blunders are easy to make, and they can cost you the job offer.

Below, I reveal 10 of the biggest mistakes, and explain how to avoid them.



Mistake #1: Ignoring Online Job Postings:

Ignoring job postings is a huge mistake. Some of the best chances for jobs from ads are on job websites and web sites of the specific companies you wish to work for.


Mistake #2: Looking Only for Job Openings:

Searching only for companies with “openings” is an obsolete job hunting method. The best jobs are rarely listed “vacancies” or “openings.” Rather, many good positions are created for the candidate, often at the interview. The key is to shift your focus from “openings” to “opportunities” (which exist nearly everywhere). Remember: every company is hiring all the time, if you have what they need when they need it!


Mistake #3: Ineffective Networking:

Networking should be the primary focus of every job search – occupying about 90% of your time. However, I find that most people go about it the wrong way – by talking too much and by asking for jobs. The best networkers are big listeners rather than big talkers. They have a clear agenda, and are not shy about asking for feedback and guidance. Remember: networking is more about giving than it is about taking, so always come from an attitude of generosity.


Mistake #4:  Leaving Yourself Open to Too Many Kinds of Jobs:

Another key to a successful job search is to focus on finding the RIGHT job – not “just any job.” Critical factors to consider include satisfaction, growth potential, location, cultural fit, great co-workers, a pleasing environment and competitive compensation. When the job market is really tough, it’s imperative to be more focused than ever.


Mistake #5:  Being Unplanned in Your Search:

Most people spend more time planning a vacation than planning a job search. I suggest the following tips to conduct a proper job search: a well-thought out methodology, daily solitude and planning, space in the home dedicated to the search, a tracking tool to measure your progress, and a system for accountability.


Mistake #6:  Doing it Alone:

You pay a mechanic to change your oil; an attorney to create an estate plan. Why would you not invest in professional help with your job search? Career Coaches provide objective guidance, help you articulate your value, and provide a proven system for job search success. Many offer excellent advice on salary negotiations – often exceeding the job seeker’s expectations. If you can’t afford a Career Coach, take advantage of low-cost or free support from non-profit groups, universities, municipal programs, and so forth.


Mistake #7:  Letting Others Control Your Job Search:

I suggest working with a small selection of professional recruiters – they can serve an important role in your search. But you’ll need to maintain control over the whole process. Of course, it is best to conduct your own research and target the right companies yourself. Remember: only you can “sell yourself” effectively and land a job.


Mistake #8:  Not Preparing Well Enough for Job Interviews:

When you boil it down, all job interviews are comprised of five basic elements: articulating your value, conveying your knowledge of the company, asking intelligent questions, negotiating compensation, and following-through. Each of these items has to be practiced in advance, so you can “ace” the job interview. “Winging it” just won’t do! Also, be sure to do extensive research on the company and the interviewer ahead of time.


Mistake #9:  Not Knowing Your Market Value:

You must research and assess your value in the marketplace, so you’ll be able to negotiate effectively. Never disclose your salary requirements – always get the employer to name the salary or range first. The time to talk money is when the employer has made it clear that you are their top candidate, and after they make an offer.

It is very easy for even the savviest of job seekers to make these mistakes. By learning how to navigate these potential pitfalls from the outset, your job search will be more productive and yield more positive results!


Mistake #10:

Read Mistakes 1-9 again.
 

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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by olafum1(m): 8:00am On Aug 24, 2015
True
Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by AdeniyiA(m): 8:26am On Aug 24, 2015
11. unknowingly born or raised in a not well-to-do family undecided


(UNKNOWN BIG MISTAKE) undecided

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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by veekid(m): 6:57pm On Aug 24, 2015
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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by Richie0974: 6:58pm On Aug 24, 2015
Ok...good....in another story...

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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by ladyF(f): 6:58pm On Aug 24, 2015
Very educating

Its [size=20pt]LadyF[/size] again grin grin grin
Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by adonbilivit: 6:58pm On Aug 24, 2015
My father owns d company! this is not for those that have "Long Legs".

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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by morereb10: 6:59pm On Aug 24, 2015
hmmmmmm
Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by lekjons(m): 6:59pm On Aug 24, 2015
11. Beliving they can only make it through white-colar jobs.

12. Not trying to get a very good grade while they're still in schoolgrin(the Op said 'mistakes and how to avoid them') i believe this is also a way to avoid them (maybe useful for only those who were still in school though, they'll also become a job-seeker one day)


#Hardworkpays!!

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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by rxhush: 7:00pm On Aug 24, 2015
Points 2 and 3 though

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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by thoollz: 7:00pm On Aug 24, 2015
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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by hamaworld(m): 7:00pm On Aug 24, 2015
Lol.. .. . Op wetyn be ur job.

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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by gokay11(m): 7:01pm On Aug 24, 2015
Noted
Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by loomer: 7:01pm On Aug 24, 2015
Nigeria things too dey get as e be, to employ person go be like another thing

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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by Adesiji77: 7:01pm On Aug 24, 2015
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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by Gboliwe: 7:01pm On Aug 24, 2015
I didn't read past the 2nd point because it's just so so wrong.

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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by doskie(m): 7:02pm On Aug 24, 2015
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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by Eshinery(m): 7:03pm On Aug 24, 2015
CrazyMan:
Many people make significant job search mistakes and never even know about it. These blunders are easy to make, and they can cost you the job offer.

Below, I reveal 10 of the biggest mistakes, and explain how to avoid them.



Mistake #1: Ignoring Online Job Postings:

Ignoring job postings is a huge mistake. Some of the best chances for jobs from ads are on job websites and web sites of the specific companies you wish to work for.


Mistake #2: Mailing Unsolicited Resumes:

Unsolicited resumes are considered garbage, scrap paper and wasted effort. Secretaries kill them, HR managers file them away, and hiring decision-makers pitch them. I advocate abandoning this job search tactic completely.


Mistake #3: Looking Only for Job Openings:

Searching only for companies with “openings” is an obsolete job hunting method. The best jobs are rarely listed “vacancies” or “openings.” Rather, many good positions are created for the candidate, often at the interview. The key is to shift your focus from “openings” to “opportunities” (which exist nearly everywhere). Remember: every company is hiring all the time, if you have what they need when they need it!


Mistake #4: Ineffective Networking:

Networking should be the primary focus of every job search – occupying about 90% of your time. However, I find that most people go about it the wrong way – by talking too much and by asking for jobs. The best networkers are big listeners rather than big talkers. They have a clear agenda, and are not shy about asking for feedback and guidance. Remember: networking is more about giving than it is about taking, so always come from an attitude of generosity.


Mistake #5:  Leaving Yourself Open to Too Many Kinds of Jobs:

Another key to a successful job search is to focus on finding the RIGHT job – not “just any job.” Critical factors to consider include satisfaction, growth potential, location, cultural fit, great co-workers, a pleasing environment and competitive compensation. When the job market is really tough, it’s imperative to be more focused than ever.


Mistake #6:  Being Unplanned in Your Search:

Most people spend more time planning a vacation than planning a job search. I suggest the following tips to conduct a proper job search: a well-thought out methodology, daily solitude and planning, space in the home dedicated to the search, a tracking tool to measure your progress, and a system for accountability.


Mistake #7:  Doing it Alone:

You pay a mechanic to change your oil; an attorney to create an estate plan. Why would you not invest in professional help with your job search? Career Coaches provide objective guidance, help you articulate your value, and provide a proven system for job search success. Many offer excellent advice on salary negotiations – often exceeding the job seeker’s expectations. If you can’t afford a Career Coach, take advantage of low-cost or free support from non-profit groups, universities, municipal programs, and so forth.


Mistake #8:  Letting Others Control Your Job Search:

I suggest working with a small selection of professional recruiters – they can serve an important role in your search. But you’ll need to maintain control over the whole process. Of course, it is best to conduct your own research and target the right companies yourself. Remember: only you can “sell yourself” effectively and land a job.


Mistake #9:  Not Preparing Well Enough for Job Interviews:

When you boil it down, all job interviews are comprised of five basic elements: articulating your value, conveying your knowledge of the company, asking intelligent questions, negotiating compensation, and following-through. Each of these items has to be practiced in advance, so you can “ace” the job interview. “Winging it” just won’t do! Also, be sure to do extensive research on the company and the interviewer ahead of time.


Mistake #10:  Not Knowing Your Market Value:

You must research and assess your value in the marketplace, so you’ll be able to negotiate effectively. Never disclose your salary requirements – always get the employer to name the salary or range first. The time to talk money is when the employer has made it clear that you are their top candidate, and after they make an offer.

It is very easy for even the savviest of job seekers to make these mistakes. By learning how to navigate these potential pitfalls from the outset, your job search will be more productive and yield more positive results!


Source

http://www./blog/10-mistakes-job-seekers-make-and-how-to-avoid-them/
be your own boss period!

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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by todyms: 7:03pm On Aug 24, 2015
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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by ednut1(m): 7:04pm On Aug 24, 2015
ednut has data, my friend also has data. there are many freej ob sites o.
ednut: guy i dey go for test o
my friend: how u take apply
ednut1: online na
my friend: ehen. abeg dey send me links
Ednut: bt i sent u jobsites na
my friend: i check am once i no see any advert
ednut: u never need job.

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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by Kelklein(m): 7:04pm On Aug 24, 2015
Mistake #2: Mailing Unsolicited Resumes

I totally disagree with you on this...I got my present job through unsolicited resume and I am sure there are many here that have gotten same or at least an interview

on your last advice about getting the employer to name a salary range first, , that can never happen in Nigeria. The employment feels he has many options no matter your level of skills.. so he uses that as his joker to prize you down.. I'm talking from experience

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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by chrisgush: 7:06pm On Aug 24, 2015
ladyF:
Very educating

Its [size=20pt]LadyF[/size] again grin grin grin

May God provide a good job for you. Amen

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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by AmakaDNB(f): 7:06pm On Aug 24, 2015
Ok.
Check our blog
Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by lifezone247(m): 7:06pm On Aug 24, 2015
ednut1:
i was here
Lols @ your signature.....






@topic #11 just be your own boss, shikena. wink
Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by SPG4U(m): 7:07pm On Aug 24, 2015
Am a proud boss of my own



All those listed up der are nt applicable to me
Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by RexTramadol1: 7:09pm On Aug 24, 2015
Witches and Wizards nko?



A.K.A Spiritual problems
Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by RexTramadol1: 7:09pm On Aug 24, 2015
Witches and Wizards nko?



A.K.A Spiritual problems
Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by An2elect2(f): 7:09pm On Aug 24, 2015
I cannot afford to be too careful. I know how many things excess meticulousness has cost me. Ironically, you can nab that job even with your mistakes.

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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by todyms: 7:09pm On Aug 24, 2015
Good thought but it really gets boring when there are endless posts about the life of job seekers and there's nothing to show at the end.
Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by ednut1(m): 7:11pm On Aug 24, 2015
lifezone247:

Lols @ your signature.....






@topic #11 just be your own boss, shikena. wink
courtesy MI abaga- bad belle
Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by Nobody: 7:13pm On Aug 24, 2015
Not involving God in ur job search...His grace(unmerited favour) is the no 1 thing u nid, and connection......................I mean connection with God

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Re: 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them by ignis: 7:16pm On Aug 24, 2015
Connection is very important

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