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Mistakes to avoid when job hunting

Published: Friday 18th September 2020

People who are looking for a new job are either out of work or unhappy in their current job and this can make job hunt a stressful experience. You can get anxious and downhearted and this means you lack focus and make mistakes. In order to land the job you are after, it’s a good idea to cut out as many of those common mistakes as possible. Here are some of the mistakes to avoid when job hunting…

Limiting your search when job hunting

If you have a specific job in mind and only concentrate on finding it, you may be missing out on similar roles which could be just as rewarding. Do not limit you job hunt to one job title, research jobs which are closely related and which will match your skillset. You should also not limit yourself to one particular sector and only search for jobs there. Search keywords across a number of different sectors and you may be surprised by what you find. 

Getting downhearted about rejection 

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When you get turned down for a job you had your heart set on or thought you were perfect for, it’s easy to feel down. Instead, take that rejection as an opportunity to learn more about what to do while job hunting. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback and use that to make your next application or interview even better. The chances of you getting the first job you apply for are quite low anyway so make sure to build rejection into the experience of job hunting. 

Going for quantity over quality 

Sometimes in the quest to find a job, people may apply for almost every job they see advertised. This is a mistake because you end up spreading yourself too thin. Instead, you should focus on applying for fewer jobs and spending more time on your application. This will also allow you to do some research on the company and industry you are hoping to work in, making you better prepared for the interview. 

Missing the changes in the landscape 

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If you have been in a job for a long time and are looking for a career switch, don’t forget to consider how the job market may have changed. Things will been different from the last time you applied for a job and what to do while job searching will have changed too. Take the time to find out about that latest developments and innovations in your industry and consider whether you need to freshen up your skillset. 

Letting job hunting take over your life 

Finding the right job is a hugely important part of your life and that can make a job hunt your number one priority. However, it is important to take time to switch off and recharge your batteries occasionally. You need to achieve some balance in your life when you are job hunting. Make sure you maintain interactions with friends and family and zone off some time for yourself which does not involve job hunt. If you are out of work, consider using the time to volunteer or explore a hobby. 

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