Many people feel that in the current economy, landing a job or securing a promotion is a very difficult, grueling and exhausting task. Some would even say it is nearly impossible. This may be the story for some but it certainly doesn’t have to be your story. You just have to change the way you market yourself in the current economy by creatively crafting your job search, your resume and your interview techniques so that you stand out from the crowd. You can start positioning yourself for job hunting success by avoiding the following 3 common mistakes.
Mistake #1: Searching for jobs the old fashioned way:
Gone are the days where you scour the newspaper want ads or online job boards for open positions, complete the application, submit your resume and then get the job. With this method, you, the job seeker, relied solely upon the companies to post open positions for all to see. The employers were the initiators and you were the reactors. However, in the new economy, the job hunter must take full ownership of the entire job search process and it is now your responsibility to be the originator. As a new millennium job hunter, you must be in the driver’s seat when it comes to your career path and success. You can take control of your job search by first, taking a good long look at yourself. You should know what your career or job objective is; know the value you bring; and know the type of company you want to work for. In the meantime, you should be crafting an online and offline personal brand that will accurately and effectively portray you as an ideal applicant to potential employers. And finally, you should develop a strategic job hunting plan that will give you the most bang for your buck; by making the best use of the time you have available and ensuring that your plan includes techniques to help you tap into both the open and the hidden job markets.
So You Do This Instead: Be strategic with a job hunting plan and vary your search to reach…