Looking for a job? Avoid the seven biggest mistakes employment seekers make:
1. Ignorance about the impact of Social Media Networks
Recruiters and hiring managers are saying that up to 45 per cent of the applicants they review are being rejected because of what they found out about them online. The warning that all social media experts give is: “If it’s online – it isn’t private.”
2. Ineffective use of social media networks.
Getting hired today is moving in the direction of being found by employers rather than the traditional approach of applying for work. Employment seekers must learn how to use social media networks effectively.
3. Focusing on advertised positions.
At least 80 per cent of the employment opportunities are never advertised and employment seekers must learn how to sniff these out.
4. Too much emphasis on jobs.
If the only option you give an employer is to offer you a job, you’re making it hard for them to hire you. This is especially true for small businesses, where most of the action is. Being willing to accept part-time, temporary and contract work – without reservations is essential.
5. Ignorance about marketing.
We’re a society that knows how to apply for a job. The challenge for employment seekers today is to become proficient at finding work. Anyone lacking this skill will be unemployed for a long time.
6. Too much focus on resumes.
Employment seekers must learn how to create a variety of tools that are marketing oriented and focused on the needs of the employer.
7. Living in the past.
We keep waiting for the Great Recession to be over and lots of jobs to come back. It’s not going to happen. For a growing number of workers the era of the traditional job and all the stability that came with it is over. In trend-setting California, only about 30 per cent of the workforce have traditional jobs. That’s where we’re all headed. Accept it, adjust to it, and move on.
Ron McGowan is the author of the international bestseller How to Find WORK in the 21st Century, currently in use at over 400 colleges and universities worldwide. The 2011 edition was released in March.