Years ago it was much easier to get a job than it is now. It was a straightforward process. You had one resume that you would send out in response to every job ad. You could only have one resume at a time back then because you had to type a whole new resume on a typewriter if you wanted to make one word change.
When you could finally afford it you went to a print shop and got 10 copies of your resume, it was a grown-up moment to get those typeset resumes.
When you wanted to apply for a job back then, you sent your resume in the mail. You sent a cover letter with each resume, in the same envelope. This was the principal way to get a job. You could also walk into the office or warehouse or factory with your resume in an envelope, chat with the receptionist and leave your resume. That worked. You could get a job that way.
Your friend who worked in the company could bring your resume into HR and literally drop it on someone’s desk. You can still get a job that way now, but it will work much better if your friend knows the hiring manager would be your boss if you get hired.
It was easier to get a job years ago than it is now, but all that tells us is that now we need to develop new tactics to get a good job! There are not-so-great jobs everywhere. Only the pressure on those employers created by the departure of their best employees will get them to change. If your job is a so-so job, you can launch a stealth job search at night and on the weekends and see what better opportunities are around.
The flip side of the disappearance of the old corporate ladder is that we are all running our own careers now. No one is in charge of your career except for you. You can’t and won’t have another boss who knows more about your career and your goals than you do. The CEO of your career is you. Anyone else who plays the part of Your Boss at any job you ever have is a partner to you as you move along your path. It’s still your path.
Here are 10 job-search mistakes to avoid but don’t worry — there’s a remedy for each mistake on our list, below!
1. Don’t restrict your job search reading to job ads
2. Don’t use an outdated resume
2. Don’t forget your LinkedIn profile!
4. Don’t brand yourself as “all things to all people”
5. Don’t send the same resume to every hiring manager
6. Don’t just rely on online job application portals
7. Don’t go to a job interview unprepared
8. Don’t act too desperate or too submissive in a job interview
9. Don’t bash your last employer (or any past employer) in a job interview
10. Don’t stop job-hunting too early
Job ads are only one-third part of your job search activity, whether you’re a full-time or part-time job-seeker. The other two-thirds of your resources will go to outreach to hiring managers on your Target Employer List, and networking.
You can update your resume every time you use it. You might have one version of your resume for IT Network Technician jobs, one version of it for IT Security jobs and one more edition of your resume for IT Telephony Engineering jobs, etc. You know that you can do all three of those jobs with no problem, so you’ve created three versions of your resume to highlight whichever facet of your background a particular job opportunity requires.
Don’t forget that your LinkedIn profile is a huge part of your personal brand. Don’t be turned off by the notion of personal branding. It doesn’t mean anything more than what people can learn about you without knowing you personally, and whether we like it or not that information is already out there, in the community.
Why not clarify for folks who don’t have the privilege of knowing you yet, what you do and what you care and think about?
It is easy and tempting to brand ourselves too broadly, to a “Multi-Skilled Marketing Professional with PR, Branding and Advertising Experience” but this kind of branding falls flat. It doesn’t say anything about the “you” behind these generic terms. The message, “I can help you with almost anything!” doesn’t signify gravity or a high level of altitude. The more your personal brand looks like a list of catch-all expressions, the more you may be devaluing your own background.
You can change your resume any time you need to. Your resume is important because once you give up applying for jobs through Black Hole online recruiting sites; your resume is the only document your hiring manager will see.
There won’t be any tedious online application data for him or her to view, but your LinkedIn profile URL will appear at the top of your resume in the contact session, so your hiring manager can type in those characters and jump to your profile in a flash.
When you evolve past online job application sites as a job-seeker you’ll send a letter in the mail directly to your hiring manager’s desk. Of course, every manager won’t read your letter or get back to you. There are few new age technological tools that would make you take direct Online Interview(s) with the company(s) directly. The mobile-app world is boasting to have everything at the power of a finger tip. You could also try out a Mobile app for Video Interviews, to blend in with the new age hiring.
Most importantly, don’t lose out on the race; keep yourself dynamically informed on everything in this global transformation.