5 Common Mistakes Job Seekers Make

Some job_seekers become discouraged and start posting their resumes on, but don’t make the mistake of thinking this is a good way to attract potential employers. Maybe you should be looking for a better alternative. Let’s face it. Being unemployed is depressing. You can’t help becoming a little discouraged after your fourth or fifth interview in one week has produced no results, or worse yet, when you can’t even seem to land an interview at all. 

Mistake #1 : Failing to properly prepare

Yes, post-interview follow-up is important. But one of the most important post-interview activities is preparing for the interview you just completed. Too often, job seekers don’t follow up after interviews, even when they finished the interview process. Why? Because they didn’t prepare for it. That’s an easy mistake to make, especially if you have applied for jobs before and had an interview before. But, you’re not alone. Some seasoned executives and managers have been following-up with their candidates and even conducting phone interviews on a regular basis. They understand the importance of communication and maintain a professional environment while conductioning interviews and completing the pre-interview materials.

Mistake #2 : Not being natural with the wait.

Most candidates will tell you that following up after an interview or even meeting is more difficult than usual. Why? Because candidates tend to become too familiar with the process. They also get to “mete their pants” a bit during the waiting process. meting your pants means that you are comfortable and self-assured, but don’t use the word “mete.” Try to deliver a more natural message and get the most out of your follow-up. This will also likely impress the interviewer and may help you stand out in the crowd.

Mistake #3 : Priority Thinking

Job seekers too often priority their jobs and families over what is right for them. This is self-defeating and short-sighted. You have to balance your demands and needs, especially at this late stage of the game. priority needs may include: Making a clean break from an unsatisfying past situation, building toward a desired future vision, channeling negative emotions and anger, finding assistance for a period of unemployment, transitioning from a job to a stable job, climbing the career ladder, satisfying a childhood dream, obtaining further education, and many more.


Mistake #4: Not Seeking Guidance from a Staffing Professional

Finding a job can be daunting, but it is essential that job seekers get the proper guidance from a staffing professional. How important is it to you find a staffing firm that is capable of giving you the right profile of jobs? Most important, a staffing company must have a long term working relationship and provide a personal service. They can assist you in different ways such as:

* Aligning your skills and experience with a targeted new employer, job market or industry trend.

* Provide an immediate career opportunity to start upon you successfully completing your education or graduate training.

* Help build an effective network with industry specific recruiters.

* By helping you prepare for interviews, and helping with the various aspects of finding a job, a staffing firm can balance things in your favor while giving you the opportunity to transaction a more than adequate preparation.

Mistake #5: Not Seeking Help from a Recruiter

A qualified staffing organization will only charge a fee for the services it provides. It is customary to seek a fee for these services in the agreement before the organize the interview process. In fact, some staffing firms even charge a full fee upfront as they assure clients that they will return all your lost time and effort in a timely manner. Before you choose a staffing firm, be sure to consider:

* How quickly do they return your calls and emails.

* How experienced is their database and do they have active members that are seeking a new job opportunity?

* What is their client base?

* What is their track record and do they have references?

* Does the staffing firm have affiliate programs?

* How long have they been established?

* Who are their competitors?

Once you receive your responses, you will want to sit down with the recruiter and ask detailed, intelligent questions. Here are some simple questions to get you started:

1. Describe the ideal candidate for this position in three to five years.

2. What is the highest degree of training that is required for this type of job?

3. What is the most stimulating work environment that you could find yourself in during the course of your career?

4. What is the next step in the hiring process?


As America continues to age and technological changes advancing at significant rates, changes in the private sector workforce also contribute to economic growth.

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