As a career coach, I’ve helped hundreds of job seekers take the pain out of the job hunt and find the career path that’s best for them. While each person’s situation and goals are different, I’ve found five common mistakes to avoid for a more effective job search.
1. Relying on Online Strategies
Online job boards and networking groups have become the new landscape for job seekers and employers. However, this doesn’t mean you should spend all your effort applying to jobs online. Submitting an online application is the one option you want to avoid.
Many employers have adopted ATS’s to spend less manpower sifting through the hundreds of resumes they receive. Since job seekers tend to be unaware of robot-friendly keywords or formatting, most applications end up in the virtual trash. (That’s why you’ve been getting those auto-generated rejection emails).
Try Making it More Personal
Instead of spending your time hitting “send,” research the person behind the job posting. Look at your network for potential referrals. Even finding an email address attached to a human is a better option than