Common job-hunting mistakes by the long-time unemployed, a guest post

In the unstable economy of today, it is fairly common for a number of people to be incapable of finding a job for a prolonged period of time. A sudden influx of spare time after either getting fired from a previous position or graduating from university may appear overwhelming at first, but it is in the job seeker’s best interests to use it for the best. Avoiding typical mistakes of the “chronically” unemployed may aid in landing a new, promising position sooner than expected.

Guest blogger Kelly Smith

Guest blogger Kelly Smith

The fact that you have already attended many job interviews does not mean that you shouldn’t prepare equally, for all of them. When unable to eloquently answer common job interview questions, which can easily be found online, a candidate can often portray their dependency on getting the job, as opposed to their willingness to cooperate and fully commit to work in order to add to the company’s success.

Constant rejection can also make it difficult for job seekers to believe in their abilities and skillset. However, losing hope and toning down the intensity of job searching may prove counterproductive, leading to missed work opportunities. Switching to a positive attitude could open doors to expanding networks and increased self-confidence, both of which play a significant role especially in the time of unemployment.

Also, being on a lookout for a job does not – and should not – rule out investing extra time in self-development. Broadening experience, developing the skill and perfecting the craft may result in remarkable increase of valuable offers. Any exposure to the industry, even if reduced only to unpaid volunteer activities or short-term temporary jobs, prevents from losing contact with regular professional duties and, additionally, helps freshen up knowledge. Going to workshops, enrolling in courses and getting involved in groups of shared interest is a decision well made.

Furthermore, staying away from social media is not advisable. LinkedIn and other online resources are places where not only lucky position holders, but also job seekers can set up their profile and regularly update it with the hope to get noticed by a potential employer. Leaving the “job” gap blank is also no reason to panic – it lets recruiters and company employers know who is currently in search for offers and open to collaboration.

Remaining inflexible is another job seeker sin, committed much too often. Staying too attached to one’s place of residence and refusing to relocate could, in most extreme circumstances, stop your chances of getting employed. Oftentimes it only means a dramatically diminished selection of offers to choose from and the risk of having to your lower standards, accepting a position that not necessarily fulfils your professional ambitions or needs, interests and educational background.

Avoiding anything industry-related altogether may mark a significant pause in your professional life and negatively influence your job search and ability to switch back into the work routine. Staying away from career-enhancing courses or temporary assignments could also prove little beneficial in one’s quest for the perfect job. In short, it is essential to bear in mind that stagnation is a blind alley, just like constant exposure to professional duties is, especially in the long run, a key to success.

Kelly Smith is a dedicated tutor and writer. Currently, she develops her passion at Career FAQs, one of the leading providers of career and educational resources in Australia, where she provides career advice for students and job seekers.

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