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15 Reasons Your Job Search Will Self-Destruct Today

15 Reasons Your Job Search Will Self-Destruct Today
From Recruiter - September 22, 2016

How you go about your job search saysa lot about whoyou are as a professional. We can argue about how closely related ourpersonal and professional personas are,but at the end of the day, I can assure you most companies and hiring managers pay careful attention to how you act during a job search, and this plays a huge role in their decision to hire you (or not).

Unfortunately, your job search efforts can self-destruct quickly.If you engage in the wrong behaviors, youll do nothing but harm your own chances at landing a job.

Here are fifteen ways in which you may be sabotaging your own job hunt right now:

1. Youre Moaning, Crying, Whining, Complaining, and/or Begging

Now and then, I see job seekers use LinkedIn and Twitter to beg peoplefor a job. Usually, their cry is to no avail.

Now, imagine an employer lands on your page and sees a post like this: All I ask is for someone to tellme what Im doing wrong! No one is interested in hiring a desperate person.

2. Theres No Depth or Breadth to Your Network

The effectiveness of your connections must be by design, not by accident.

Building depth into your network means fostering relationships with people at all levels in your industryteam leaders, managers, directors, general managers, vice presidents, etc. Building breadth means connecting withcolleagues and peers because of their potential value.

Remember: Its okay to connect with people you dont know. In fact, its critical if you really want to build a deep network.

3. You Limit Your Use of Social Media

Some people assume that posting about their professional lives and their industries will make them seem self-absorbed. Or they worry that no one would pay attention anyway. But you need to offer your followers some value on social media. If you arent valuable to your social media connections, youll be the last to know.

You obstruct your job search if you dont look forways to foster conversations with people who could potentially lead you to a hiring manager or recruiter, whether directly or indirectly.

So go aheaduse social media to foster those conversations. It wont make you seem self-absorbed; it will make you valuable.

4. Youre Not Doing Anything to Hone Your Craft

When youre out of workor not working in your desired fieldyou still need to be honing your craft. If youre in public relations, you should be writing. If youre trying to pass the bar exam in Illinois, you should bestudying. Even professional athletes train during the off-season.

Volunteer work is another great way to hone your skills.There is almost definitely an organization in your area that could use your career-relevant skills.

5. Youre NotStaying Vigilant

Opportunities can arise anytime and anywhere. If you arent paying attention, youll miss chances. You should always beready to present yourself as a great choice. You never know when youll meet someone who can help you.

Reading books and blogs, listening to podcasts, and connecting with others regularlyare fundamental to remaining vigilant in your job search.

6. Youve BecomeEnvious of Your Competition

You should know what your competition is doing, but you shouldnt outright copy them.

Envy drives some to nearly plagiarize content from their competitors or emulate their presences. Its okay to draw inspiration from your competitors, but you cant just copy their brands. Thats not authentic, and it wont give employers an accurate look at who you are.

7. YouCant Adjust to the Peaks and Valleys of Your Journey



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