Silly Self Sabotage

Silly Self Sabotage


Mistakes can happen but don\'t make these common mistakes in your career search.

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Silly Self Sabotage

Amazing but true! We don’t know why – maybe being nervous, rushing to get things done, multi-tasking, but job search candidates at every level end up doing some very common errors!


All the common mistakes are easily preventable. Remember: This is about making a good impression at every turn

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Common First Impression Errors Error: Spelling and grammar errors in your marketing materials. Correction: Resumes, cover letters, emails need to be error-free. Read materials out loud or have a friend read them for you. Error: Amusing but unprofessional email address: BlondeBabe, TopGun. Correction: Use one email address for your professional out reach that includes your name. Error: Unprofessional voice mail messages: amusing, too long, child recorded. Correction: Your cell phone will be your primary voice mail, leave your name and when you are available to speak with a recruiter.

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Strategic Self Sabotage

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Strategic Error #1 Multiple Objectives, One Resume

Listing all of your objective one resume will ensure that you will never get called. Solution: One resume tailored to each potential position.

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Strategic Error #2: Ignore the Stated Requirements You don't match all the requirements in the ad, so you just ignore them when you apply. Worse, you tell them what skills the job should require (say, yours?). Solution: Apply for jobs for which you match at least 85% of stated requirements.

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Strategic Error #3: Ignore your Public Reputation

You have the skills and think that’s all that matters, not what is online or references might say. Solution: Check yourself out online. Do a search on your name. Know what a recruiter will see. Ask your references to help in advance -- give them info on your targets and your current resume.

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Strategic Error #4: Blast your resume out

You e-mailed your resume to everyone you could, posted it on multiple job boards, and signed up with every recruiter you could find. So now you look desperate, not smart. (Industry hint: Sending several applications can be blacklisted on a company’s system. Then no one will ever see your resume) Solution : Target the organizations with jobs you are qualified for. Work only with recommended recruiters in your field.

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Strategic Error #5 Ignore your friends and networks

So you don't “network”, are worried about bothering your friends, are afraid to go back to those you already asked for help once, or don't 'have time' for all that. Solution: Most jobs are filled via networks. Think about your contacts. Ask for their help in specific needs. Talk to people at events you attend. Ask about your targets, ask if they know people there too. Ask about employee referral programs - lots of hires get in that way. (Industry Hint: 2 top sources of hire for companies: referrals and job boards)

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Strategic Error # 6 Forget your manners The receptionist told you to have a seat but did not offer you anything. The first interviewer is late. You did not get a call back when expected. And you get upset and show it. Solution: If everyone you deal with makes you wonder about the organization's culture, maybe it is the wrong place for you. But mistakes happen in the best places. If there is just a glitch or two, stay calm and polite.

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Strategic Error #7 Being defensive

Why are there so many questions about those jerks who were your previous bosses? What business is it of theirs what you have been doing the past six months? Why do they ask about your professional activities outside work, like you have time? Solution: Be prepared for common interview questions -- and test your answers in advance. Don't be negative about past bosses or companies. If you can sound positive about the good things and are brief about the bad, you will win the interviewer's confidence that you can succeed in their organization.

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