Yesterday, we presented some tips for resume construction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, we look at job search mistakes to avoid. Why? Because it’s as important to learn what not to do as it is to learn what to do.

Key Job Search Mistakes to Avoid

For this post, we turn to Liv McConnell — writing for Fairygodboss:

“We heard from recruiters about the biggest mistakes they’re seeing job seekers make during the course of this pandemic, so that you can be sure not to repeat them.” 

    1. You’re coming off as “desperate.” Instead, focus your conversation on the job opportunity and leave personal details out.
    2. You’re going for quantity over quality. Instead, create a master resume that includes all the skills, education, and work experiences you have. The, tailor it for every job. Go through the job posting and see what the company wants 
    3. You’re applying for multiple positions within the same company. Instead, start by applying for one position.Only if you believe you aren’t being considered for that role is it safe to express your interest in another opening. 
    4. You’re forgetting to make recruiters part of your job search network. Instead, craft your social media presence in a way that attracts recruiters. 
    5. You’re plain-out ignoring recruiters. Instead, respond and thank them for getting in touch. It’s the polite thing to do. 
    6. You’re only looking for jobs in the usual places. Instead, research all the companies that you know are hiring. Check their career sites and social media profiles. Then, send in a spontaneous application.
    7. You’re thinking too long-term. Instead, Thinking about your immediate career prospects in terms of your skills and not hyper-specific job titles may be helpful.
    8. You’re expecting an immediate response to your application. Instead, build in the expectation that timelines at most organizations are going to be extended. 
    9. You’re plugging away at the job search without giving yourself space to process and rest. Breaking down the bigger items of your job search into smaller, bite-size chunks can help keep things from feeling too daunting. And if you’re starting to feel overwhelmed — take a break.

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Job Search Mistakes to Avoid
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