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The job hunting process can be a stressful, uncertain time in a person’s life. Quite often it takes us completely out of our comfort zone and into a very competitive dog-eat-dog environment that can seem overwhelming and down right harsh at times. The best way to prepare yourself for the job hunt is to be prepared and to avoid making any of the following job hunting mistakes:
- Don’t take rejection personally. Just because one employer didn’t hire you, doesn’t mean that the right job for you isn’t waiting around the corner. As horrible as it may feel at the time, rejection is part of the process and any feedback you are given from interviewers should be taken on board and learned from.
- Explore alternative sources. Searching online job boards is a good place to start your job search, however there are lots of other places you can look that are less competitive. Don’t forget to ask your friends and family for referrals, search for jobs on niche online job boards, search for jobs on Twitter, and search for jobs on Facebook. Think outside the box.
- Make your message clear. Employers don’t need to hear about every bit of experience you have. The experience you highlight needs to be relevant to the role you’re applying for. And, more importantly, you should aim to show the employer what you can bring to their company with your experience.
- Don’t apply for every single job. You may come across as desperate and lose focus. It’s better to spend your time on fewer but better thought out applications that you are really interested in.
- Remember that times change. If you’ve not been in the job market for a while, seek advice from someone who has. Familiarise yourself with the modern job market and how best to place yourself in it.
- Don’t take your eye off of competition. You need to set yourself apart from the crowd. The job market is competitive, so you need to convince employers that you are a cut above the rest.