5 ways you’re sabotaging your own job hunt

Published On: November 14, 2016 11:57 PM NPT By: Agencies

The reasons you’re not getting the job you want may surprise you.

Fewer than half of all workers say they are satisfied with their jobs. Among the reasons many say they don’t like their jobs are lower wages, promotion policies and a mediocre or no bonus plan. 

They aren’t qualified for the position, their resume isn’t up to date or they don’t interview well. But workers may be sabotaging themselves in ways they don’t realize. Here are five:

You’re too patient
People who wait to be contacted about the next steps after they interview for a job may be making a mistake. The candidate who stays in touch through email and phone calls and demonstrates their continued interest in the company and being a key member of the team usually gets the job.

You need to make sure that follow-up clearly shows that you understand the needs, issues and challenges of the job.

You put too much focus on where you went to college

Work hard for your desired position because the employer wouldn’t believe you unless you show true dedication. To many employers skills like experience, past performance and how you handle yourself in the work place are more important than where you went to college.

You believe hearing ‘no’ means the door is closed

Candidates shouldn’t take no as the final word. You should stay in touch even if you don’t get a job offer the first time and thank the hiring manager for the opportunity to interview. Staying in touch might give you an opportunity to apply for another position or the same position next time.

You think a resume is enough

If you think resume is enough, you might be in trouble. You should know that recruiters expect a cover letter, professional portfolio where applicable, recommendations and links to social media profiles as well.

You’re not highlighting your soft skills

Sure, your resume is loaded with your career successes but your focus on those big-time interview process may not be enough. Be sure to highlight these less tangible skills associated with personality such as having a positive attitude, being dependable and working well under 

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