Top 5 Job Search Killers To Avoid
By: Dawn Rasmussen
Over the past few days, I've been contacted by a number of acquaintances looking for help in their job searches. Each of them is understandably distraught and desperate... it's awful out there, and looking for work is an ego-bashing experience, especially when mortgages and bills are due. It's very clear how terror can set in when not having a job could mean losing everything and ending out on the street.
However, all of these panicky inquiries made to me have been totally unspecific on what they are looking for, and it's been frustrating to me because I want to help but can't, due to their vagueness. I simply don't keep a running tab of jobs that are open...no one does except a job board or Web site.
The good news is that that most people really want to help friends, colleagues, and family members who are out of work, and how they can help is by connecting the job seeker to the people who control the jobs.
But sending out an APB for any type of job isn't an effective way to ask for help. Job seekers can't expect their network to magically pull a job out of a hat... this requires cultivating contacts and being specific in what it is that you're looking for so friends and contacts can act on specifics.
If you are in the middle of a job search, here are some critical missteps to avoid killing any help that someone might be able to offer you:
1) Don't send out a general broadcast asking about any job openings... with no focus.
2) If you have a specific job target, make sure you are qualified for it.
The Wall Street Journal had an article earlier this spring which reported that while you might be 80% qualified for a job, the person who is getting it is 110% qualified. Make sure you fit the job... don't start playing the 'just in case' game... it's not effective for you or the person trying to aid your job search.
3) Don't think in terms of jobs; instead, think of people and relationships leading to those jobs.
4) Don't forget to thank those who do help you.
"I used you to get what I needed and you don't matter to me anymore."
No one likes to be used... "Love 'em and leave 'em" shouldn't apply to your career relationships either.
5) Finally, don't let on or show how desperate you are.
Keep these tips in mind to stay on course and engage your contacts on your behalf. And once you find your next position, "Pay it Forward" - remember to help someone else out who was once in your shoes... keep the positive energy moving forward.
Dawn Rasmussen - CTP, CMP
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