3 Deadly Job Search Mistakes and What to Do Instead:

Your Job Search Mistakes?

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Mistake 1: Expect the right company to find you, the recruiter to call you, the website to leap off the screen and invite you to join the company. Waiting for the Fairy Job Mother will be much like waiting for Godot – they never do get there.

What to do instead: Know at least 10 companies you would most like to work for

Mistake 2: Only look online for the job you want next

What to do instead: Be sure that you know and are known by at least 2 people in each of the companies you want to work for.  Only 20% of jobs are filled by online job postings and only 2% of applicants get phone screened.

Mistake 3: Give up on companies where you don’t already know at least 2 people.  

What to do instead: Use your current network to be introduced to someone in each company.  Ask your 1st degree LinkedIn connections to introduce you to the 2nd degree people you want to know in the companies you would like to work for. 

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Job Search Tip #41

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Job Search Tip #40 – Your Ideal Companies

Job Search Tip #40

Job Search Tip #40

Do you have a criteria list for your ideal companies?

Having a criteria list for your next company will make your search much easier.

Many people who call me say that they don’t want to restrict their search to just one job title or one area. But that is like saying “I’m going to go fish in the ocean with my network cable and some robe hooks and I’ll eat what I catch.”  Really a complete non sequitur.

You have skills and expertise that really only fits or is useful in certain industries, niches and companies. You also have goals, desires, preferences, and even, needs which can only be met by certain situations.  And those people who tell me that they “don’t want to restrict” their job search are really just telling me that they are scared, even desperate.  They want someone else (The Fairy Job Mother??) to do the hard work of discovering what they really want and need.

So start with the list above:

  • Location
  • Commute
  • Product
  • Industry
  • Size
  • Finances
  • Culture
    and add the things that matter to you

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Job Search Tip #38 – The Dilemma

Job Search Tip #38

Job Search Tip #38