Four Crucial Job Search Blunders
There's a saying that goes "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result." If you are doing that with your job search, it's time to take a different approach.
Although looking for work in this economy is difficult, you can be sure there's at least some problems with your methods if you haven't heard back from a single employer. Thankfully there are ways you can turn things around. It all starts by avoiding common job search mistakes.
If you making of the following four errors, you need to immediately stop if you want to get better results:
- Using only online job listing. Job boards like the Nonprofit Job Seeker are great, but they aren't the only source. You should really be spending about an hour per day browsing these sites. Your other time should be spent doing things like networking.
- Sending generic cover letters and resumes. It's tempting to do this after filling out so many of them, but employers tend to ignore applications that are obviously copied and pasted.
- Being too fancy. You definitely need to stand out among the competition, but don't do it by using fancy fonts or styles in your resume. Stand out because of your skills and experience, not your design prowess.
- Ignoring your network contacts. This is the biggest mistake a job seeker can make. There's no reason you need to go it alone when you have a lot of networking contacts who can help you. Don't be ashamed to ask for help if you need it.