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5 Mistakes with Job Hunting and How to Avoid Them

Hussain Ali
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During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the civilian unemployment rate spiked to 14.9%.

Since then a huge shift in how we work and where began. If you are one of the many people now changing positions or looking for a new post, how do you make sure you maximize your chances in the buoyant market?

If you are unsure, then we can help. Read on as we discuss five key mistakes with job hunting many people make.

Speaking Negatively About Previous Employers

No matter how angry or disillusioned you are with your previous employers, you should never say it. The person interviewing you wants to know how you will be when you work for them. It is a certainty they won’t want to know your former employment woes. 

In addition, people want to hire team members who bring positivity. Even if your old employment was a terrible mistake, try to spin it by focusing on the good aspects and opportunities it gave you. 

Giving Up Easily

From trucking jobs to retail, finance, and beyond, all types of jobs are oversubscribed. Many processes are now automated, meaning we human beings have fewer opportunities. Many people are also highly educated and qualified, meaning your education can mean very little. 

All of this means you shouldn’t give up. At some point, a person will pick up your resume and see how perfect you are for the position. It may take 10 or 100 applications but it will come. 

Talking Money

When you go straight in with the financials, it gives the impression that money is all you care about. If this is the case, then you are going to find it hard to get and retain a job. Employers want staff members who care about what they do, more so than just picking up a paycheck. 

Don’t discuss financials at the start unless asked. You should wait until you get a solid job offer to negotiate a contract. 

Not Researching the Employer

It does not matter if you are applying to a small family business or a global conglomerate, you need to do your research. If not, you are at a distinct disadvantage to the other people applying. Doing your research shows a company you care about them and are serious about the position. 

This also helps you decide if you actually want to work for them. You may find their goals do not align with your own, or they have certain business practices you don’t agree with. 

Non-Business Email Address

Everything you provide needs to give off a degree of professionalism. If you are using your old email addresses with pet names and nicknames, it does not show this. Set up a specialist business address for your emails. 

Avoid These Mistakes with Job Hunting

Now you know these mistakes with job hunting, you can avoid the major pitfalls. Do your research and polish your resume. You are sure to find something that suits you.

If you found this article helpful, we have many more. From applying for jobs to finance, we can kick start your new career in the coming year. 


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