Today I Learned...
- Many job seekers make these common mistakes when they're looking for work
- Job searching is a challenging process, but these tips make the process smoother and more effective
ob searching can be a daunting, time-consuming process. But it doesn't have to be!
There are many ways to make job search easier and more effective, starting with organization and staying updated on skills. In this post, we'll explore some common mistakes people make when they're looking for work.
1. Not keeping in touch with references from past jobs.
You should also keep in touch with your references from past jobs. It's important to do this because they're the people who have worked with you and can give you a good recommendation when it comes time for a new job.
They may even be able to help you get that job by giving you insider information about what employers are looking for and where there's an opening. In other words, if an employer calls your past employer and asks if they think you'd be right for the position, they'll tell them how great of an employee and person that they found in YOU!
2. Not staying up-to-date on technology and other skills.
One of the most common mistakes when it comes to your job search is not staying up-to-date on technology and other skills as an older adult.
If you want to succeed in the job market, it is important to keep up with new technologies. If you are unfamiliar with current trends, then employers may not consider your application seriously. It's also important to learn new skills that will help you find a job or advance in your career.
Learn More: Essential Skills Needed to Work Remote
3. Not organizing your job search.
You will be disappointed if you do not keep your job search organized. This is how you can keep your job search organized:
- Keep a list of companies you would like to work for.
- Keep a list of companies that are already in contact with, even if it is just an interview scheduled.
- Make sure your resume is up-to-date and tailored to each position you apply for.
4. Not managing your time well.
When you're job searching, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement and rush of sending off applications and getting interviews. But if you don't manage your time well, you could find yourself running out of time before your next paycheck.
You should be setting aside a specific amount of time each day for job searching and sticking to it—even if that means saying "no" when friends invite you to go out. It's better to stay focused and do what needs to be done than to let your mind wander away from the task at hand.
Learn More: Top Productivity Apps for Remote Workers
5. Not getting help when you need it.
You've probably heard the adage that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, when it comes to getting a job, it also takes a village (or at least some good advice) to get your foot in the door.
A lot of people are surprised by how much help they can get from friends, family, and professionals when they're looking for work—especially if they're not sure where else to turn. If you need assistance but aren't sure where or how to ask for it, just do some research on career coaches who specialize in your field of interest and reach out! They'll be happy to guide you through what could be an intimidating process with patience and expert guidance.
Job searching is a challenging process.
No one ever said that it’s easy, but there are things you can do to make the process smoother and more effective.
Hopefully, we were able to shed some light on your job search and help you avoid some of the pitfalls commonly associated with job searching. With some of the tips above, you might see an improvement in your results!