Friday, October 23, 2009

Ten Mistakes that Can Sabotage Your Job Search

4) Giving up control of your job search. The "Hand Over" job seeker, one that places his or her job search in the hands of one or more online professionals, usually headhunters, recruiters, employment agencies, or outplacement firms, thinks all he or she has to do is show up for the interviews.

The cliché that job hunting is a full time job is true. The Internet does not make a job search easier, it makes it more complicated.

No one is going to be as passionate about your future as you are; no one is going to understand what you want like you do. Professional help is just that - help. Passive job seekers get left behind.

5) Ignoring privacy when posting your resume. There are any number of bad things that can happen if you do not limit your contact information

* Your employer could find your resume online, accuse you of disloyalty and fire you.

* Someone could steal your identity. This has become an alarmingly common crime. Protect yourself.

* You could be buried in spam and bugged by telemarketers. They scan the Internet looking for email addresses and phone numbers to harvest. It may not be the worse thing in the world, but it can be a real pain in the neck.

* Unscrupulous recruiters, fishing for a commission, may take your resume and shop you around to employers without your permission. This can harm you in any number of ways. Just a note: An ethical recruiter would never dream of doing this.

6) Limiting yourself to big name job sites. Most of the big name sites are great sites. They are expensive for employers to use and they tend to be general - all things for all people. Ironically, that means they are not for everybody. Many employers have found their needs met by advertising in smaller, localized, less expensive, niche sites. Don't limit your options by ignoring these valuable resources.

7) Limiting yourself to Internet only. The Internet is so ubiquitous it is easy to feel like everything that is out there shows up on the Web. The so-called hidden job market is a very real phenomenon. The majority of jobs are never advertised on the Web or anywhere else. They are often filled word of mouth. By the time you see jobs on the Internet much of the cream is skimmed off. It is often the jobs that cannot be filled by word of mouth that get advertised.

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