By Mike Haaren – Co-Founder – June 19, 2017
Work from Home Jobs – 9 Job Hunting Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs
If your job hunt feels like it’s dragging on, 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 most of them myself, so I’m speaking from experience AND observation.)
Few things are as hard on your self-esteem, outlook, and finances as hunting for a job. So don’t prolong it with these no-nos.
— “I’ll look for work an hour or two a day. That should be plenty.” Sorry, but that yeast probably 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 for a moment. 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. You may be spending 40+ hours a week with your employer, “for better or worse.” Don’t “settle” unless you absolutely have to!
— “My credit’s a mess. But I don’t want to change my lifestyle, even if I could fix it.” More and more employers are running credit checks on job applicants. (For some work from home jobs open now that don’t require a credit check, click here.) Repairing your credit should be a top priority. Not only will it open up more jobs — many at higher pay — you’ll get much better interest rates on things you need to finance.
— “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 blue when you’re job hunting. Your self-esteem is getting slapped around by a bunch of “No’s” or no answers at all. It feels intensely personal.
But that’s an illusion. The people saying “No” have no idea who you actually are. Often, there’s not even a human involved in the initial decision; software is scanning resumes and applications. Regardless, you mustn’t take it to heart. Job hunting takes tremendous energy, and pessimism will drain you. As many RRR jobfinders have said, “Persistence is key.” Stay positive and keep submitting those applications. “Yes” will come.
— “I don’t need to tailor my resume. I can use the same one for this job, too.” Not a good idea. Every job is unique, and your resume has to “wow” with its fit. You’ll be competing with people who do tailor their resumes, so it’s always better to take the extra step.
— “My last employer was a real jerk for firing me, and I vent about them online every chance I get!” It always feels good to vent, but venting online — no matter how justified your feelings may be — is a huge mistake. 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,” especially when working from home is involved, where you won’t be under face-to-face supervision. Venting to close friends in private is fine, but don’t do it on public forums — your job hunt will likely get much longer.
— “I’ve applied for hundreds of jobs. Nobody’s hiring!” Actually, they probably are hiring. But if they’re not hiring you, your resume may need upgrading. Maybe you need a skills update, or a resume rewrite. For tips on where to get free training, certifications, and job counseling, click here.
— “I won’t work for less than $x per hour.” It’s fine to set a minimum pay rate based on your budget. But is pride playing a bigger role than budget? Even if it makes sense to wait for that higher-paying job, you can still get extra cash with side gigs. Here are 33 online side jobs for extra cash during the hunt.
— “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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