Trying to find a job is itself a difficult job. It’s a process that takes time and dedication. If all your efforts haven’t landed you a position yet, there are a few job search mistakes you may be making.
Are you limiting yourself to one industry? You don’t have to focus on jobs related to your degree. In fact, you shouldn’t. You should review your skills and look for career opportunities in other industries that match your qualifications.
Are you only applying to full time positions? You should also look for part-time positions, maternity leave openings and project-based jobs. Temporary positions can provide you with valuable work experience and training. You may also meet professionals in your desired field who can be valuable professional references or help you find positions.
Are you becoming discouraged? It’s easy to feel frustrated or hopeless during a job search, but it’s important to stay positive. Emotions such as self-pity and fear of rejection will only deter you from your job hunt. Keeping a positive attitude will help you get back to your search quickly after you’ve received a rejection or silence after every application.
Are you taking a day – or two – off? Research has found the more time a candidate puts into his or her search, the faster he or she finds a job, Forbes reported. You may feel as if the one, two or even three hours you put in every day are enough but they may not be. If you’ve been looking for a job for weeks or even months, treat your job search like a 9-to-5 job. However, don’t go too far. Balance your search with your outside interests. It’s still important to have a work/life balance when looking for a job.
Are you not networking? Your job search should entail more than blind applications. You should attend networking events hosted by businesses, industry organizations and your alma mater. Also be open to picking up the phone and calling a stranger. Asking an experienced member of your desired industry to coffee can be the fastest way to make connections.
Are you not asking for help? It’s common knowledge searching for a job either for the first time or the tenth time can be frustrating. You don’t have to do it alone. Reach out to friends or family who can review your resume and cover letters. Call your alma mater’s career service office and get set up with a counselor who will provide you with guidance.