Big job hunt blunders that can cost your job search - big time
Been searching for a job but aren't getting the results you want?
Take a look at the following top job search blunders to make sure you aren't undermining your own job search success!
Mistake # 1: Acting as if the Job Search Is about You
From your perspective, of course you want a job. Therefore, it's only natural to assume that the process of searching for a job is all about you. But when it comes to hiring, it's all about the company.
Organizations don't hire people because they want to give people jobs. They hire people because they have a specific need that must be met.
Unless you can demonstrate how your skills and strengths can help meet a specific need of an organization, you simply aren't relevant to that company; even if you're the most highly skilled person in the world. Discover the needs of the target company first, then position yourself as the best solution to those needs.
Mistake # 2: Not Knowing Yourself and Your Value
Starting a job search without first understanding your career interests, skills, values, and personality is like starting a road trip without a map. You can drive forward, but you probably won't end up where you want to be.
What gets you excited in life? What are you most proud of? What do you think you're best at?
Don't cut corners here. If you don't know the answers, talk to family and friends. If you're serious about your future, go a step further and get personal guidance from a career consultant who is trained to help people like you connect their unique gifts with a life direction.
Self-knowledge is the foundation for your entire job search campaign:
1. It will help you determine how to aim your job search at the right job targets.
2. It will help you communicate what value you can bring to a company.
3. It will enable you to give others the information they need to help you.
Mistake # 3: Not Being Able to Clearly Communicate How You Fit What the Company Needs
Refer to Mistake #1. Unless you can demonstrate how your skills and strengths can help meet a specific need of an organization, you simply aren't relevant to that company. This requires that you do your homework to discover what the company's needs are.
Learn as much as you can about the company's focus areas and needs, and then use the company's own language to describe what you can do for them.
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