5 Job Hunting Mistakes You’ll Definitely Want to Avoid

By Mike Haaren – Jan. 5, 2017

If it seems like it’s taking a long time to find a job, you may be making one of these classic mistakes. Chris and I have worked with thousands of job seekers, and we see folks making them again and again. (I’ve made all of them myself, so I’m speaking from experience AND observation.)

Hunting for a job is like a root canal with resumes, so don’t prolong it with these no-nos. And if you have friends looking for work, please share! Chances are they’re making at least a few of them too, and they’ll be grateful!

  1. “I’ll look for work an hour or two a day. That should be plenty.” Sorry, but that yeast won’t raise the dough. Your new “job” is to find a job, and that should be a full-time commitment. The less you look, the longer it takes.
  2. “I keep getting rejected, or they don’t even reply. I’ll never find a job. I may as well give up.” It’s normal to feel sorry for yourself when you’re job-hunting. But don’t “host” the feeling! That’s deadly. Get to the gym. Grab a coffee with an upbeat friend. Look in the mirror and repeat every morning, “Today is the day! I’m getting hired, and they’ll be damned lucky to have me!” Repeat until hired.
  3. “I don’t need to tailor my resume. I can use the same one for this job, too.” Wrong. That’s just laziness romancing you with another tune. Every job is unique, and your resume has to “wow” with its fit. One size fits one job, not all.
  4. “I won’t work for less than $x per hour.” It’s fine to set a minimum pay rate based on your budget, but not on your pride. Is it better to be working and earning a little less, or not working and earning nothing? Job hunting is like looking for Mr. or Ms. “Right.” “Right” can come in many forms, but if it means “Perfect,” you’ll have a long wait.
  5. “Since I’m job-hunting from home, I’d better get these dishes done/wash the clothes/vacuum the house. That’s important, too.” Yes, keeping up with household chores is important, and messy surroundings add to the stress of being out of work. But don’t let the vacuuming be an alibi for postponing your daily “time on task.” If the dust bunnies smother your significant other, you can revive him with a glass of champagne when you’re celebrating that new job. Cheers!

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