Undertaking a job search is hard work, and you don’t want to sabotage that hard work with critical but common job-seeker mistakes.
“Many people make significant job search mistakes and never even know about it,” says Ford R. Myers, a Haverford, Pa., career coach and business and career book author. “These blunders are easy to make … and can end-up costing you thousands of dollars.”
Here’s a snapshot of seven of those critical mistakes Myers has identified:
Focusing on Internet job postings. Relying on online job ads is a big mistake, Meyers say. “In general, job postings and ‘want ads’ produce little value,” he says. Myers suggests spending no more than 5% of your time on public job postings, devoting the bulk of your time to productive networking instead.
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Shipping off unsolicited resumes. There is no bigger waste of time than sending a resume that wasn’t requested. “Unsolicited resumes are considered garbage, scrap paper and wasted effort,” he says. “Abandon this job search tactic completely.”