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The 20 Ways of Wasting Time With Your Job Search

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 by Ulrich Schild

Job hunting is no fun. That’s expected. The usual job search experiences range from seemingly unending rejections to permanent communication black holes from job sites or recruiting firms. The whole experience is definitely difficult, especially if you are jobless and got bills to pay.

I have some alarming statistics

The overall unemployment rate has increased from 5.9% in January last year to 6.25% last month. The youth (15-24) unemployment rate is more than double the overall rate at approximately 15%, an increase of more than 30% in two years. There are more unemployed people than job vacancies. It is clear that young people (Millennials and Gen Y) are facing an unemployment crisis that the government has no strategic or effective plan to resolve it.

Things have changed, so you better change your methods!

The most effective job search methods have changed substantially in our online world and it’s probably time that you modify your job search approach accordingly.

I am not suggesting that you will have complete control over the process now (any more than you did in the past), but more variables can trip you up these days.

The 20 Ways That Proof You Are Wasting Your Time

Manage what you do during your job search, so if you are job hunting, this is how you might be wasting your time:

  1. Beware of scam jobs and job scams from bogus companies and recruiters. Not all job posting you find are legit. Considering that employers don’t hire during the summer or the holidays or at the end of the year. Don’t stop job searching during these times.
  2. Enjoy your freedom of speech but be mindful on what you post in your social media accounts. Employers will judge you by what they find online, so be careful.
  3. Networking is defined as an event in large rooms full of strangers. You have to socialise to be effective.
  4. Wait for the most competitive job markets of the year to search. This is September and January, but you should be job hunting no matter what time of the year it is..
  5. Yielding to mistaken identity: If you know that someone else has the same name and lives in the same city as you, assuming an employer will know – or discover – you will be searched through Google or social media to verify your identity.
  6. Assuming that networking means ‘using’ others – all ‘take’ and no ‘give’.
  7. Assuming that the internet has made job searching easy (the opposite is often true).
  8. Not reaching out to people you worked with, former classmates or peers to catch up with their news and to see if they know of any job openings that might be appropriate for you.
  9. Looking for a job – any job! – rather than taking the time to determine what type of job you want and focussing on the employers who you really want to work for.
  10. Not having a good, memorable answer to the question, “What are you looking for?” when someone is kind enough and interested enough to ask.
  11. Spending all your time online clicking on the “Apply” button for every job you find, whether or not you are qualified for it.
  12. Posting your resume on all the job boards and waiting for the job offers to roll in.
  13. Exaggerating your qualifications on your resume.
  14. Using social media for only for amusement. Yes, it can be amusing, but social media can be very effective if used correctly and very damaging if used inappropriately.
  15. Setting up a minimal LinkedIn profile and ignoring it after that.
  16. Not bothering with good manners and etiquette – no thank you notes, no courteous small talk with the receptionist or other non-managers at job interviews, and showing up for job interviews late.
  17. Unprepared for job interviews. Keep reading the job description and research about the employer and the people who will interview you.
  18. Asking about the salary and benefits during the first job interview.
  19. Supplying the names of people to serve as references without their permission first.
  20. While you certainly can’t control what happens on the employer’s side of this process, your job search will prolong than the expected, and you’ll be wasting your and others’ time, if you are guilty of doing many of the things listed above. So guys, hand on your heart, are you doing some or all of the above?

If you want a job, change your job search approach and remember to hunt wisely!


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