7 Job Hunting Mistakes to Avoid Like the Plague

By Mike Haaren – March 2, 2017

Work from Home Jobs – 7 Job Hunting Mistakes to Avoid Like the Plague

If it feels 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 these missteps again and again. (I’ve made all of them myself, so I’m speaking from experience AND observation.)

Hunting for a job is painful enough as it is — few things are as hard on your self-esteem, outlook and finances — so don’t prolong it with these major no-nos.

— “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. Remember, the less you look, the longer it takes.

— “Company X is hiring. They have a terrible reputation and a lot of employee turnover, but I could probably do the job.” Think about it. Would you pick a partner this way? “He’s got a terrible reputation, and nobody wants to be with him, but I could probably stand it.” A job is a major relationship, whether we like to see it that way or not. You may be spending 40+ hours a week in your job, with your employer, “for better or worse.” Don’t “settle” unless you absolutely have to.

— “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 surrender to it. Job hunting takes tremendous energy, and pessimism will drain you. It will also taint your communications, your resume, your networking. And finally, if you do happen to land an interview despite a negative attitude, you’ve upped the chances that you won’t get the job. No one wants to hire Eeyore. Stay positive and keep sending out those applications. “Yes” comes to the committed.

— “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.

— “My last employer was a real jerk for firing me, and I vent about them online every chance I get!” It may feel good to vent online, but no matter how justified your feelings might be, it’s a huge mistake. We see this almost every day on social media, and it always makes us wince. Hiring Managers and Recruiters frequently do social media searches on applicants, and they read public posts. They won’t hire you if they think you have an “anger issue.” Venting to close friends in private is fine, but don’t do it on public forums — your job hunt will get much longer.

— “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?

— “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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