Number 1 reason job seekers fail

Why do many job seekers fail? Why is it that some people seem to land on their feet and other job seekers struggle? The answer why many job seekers fail is that they chose the easy way of job search. But the easy way is often the hard way.

Top misconceptions of job search

  1. Take the easy way out by using point-and-click strategy instead of targeting their search.
  2. Apply only online and not taking the next step to follow up with networking, the opportunity to turn an online application into an interview is missed.
  3. Apply in volume. You don’t benefit from more applications, you benefit from the right number of applications to jobs you really would want. Instead, try putting more effort into writing the resume, cover letter and follow-up.
  4. Do too little follow-up while using a second-class resume.
  5. Failing to create a quality LinkedIn profile.
  6. Not injecting your personality into your resume. If your resume looks identical to 50 others, no hiring manager will call.
  7. Skipping the individualized cover letter. I am often asked, can you just write me a generic cover letter? NO! Send me a job description and I will target your cover letter to the position, showing the employer why you are the right candidate for the job.

Job Seekers fail by copy and pasting resume samples

It is fine to get ideas from a high-quality resume book or sample on a pro’s website. If you put the content in your resume, you lose. Hiring managers are smart enough to Google phrases that seem all too familiar. You can’t borrow accomplishments. Your information is not the same as someone else’s so you cannot take a sample and say “Me too” to everything on it and just add it to your resume.

Easy Street Job Search is not for you!

These are all easy street steps and not the ones a confident, well-qualified job seeker should use. The economy is tough.

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  1. Yvette on September 19, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Its not easy to find jobs these days. I’m learning that you must look at many avnues. Its true that that person that’s looking plan strategy. You must know the field of choice. Once your perspective choice is made then what kind of education that’s needed.

    • Julie Walraven on September 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      It isn’t easy, Yvette, and you also need to make sure that there will be jobs at the time you finish your education. Many people think going to school is the solution perhaps because they didn’t go before in life but then they learn that the education they got was in a field that is saturated with too many people and there are no openings. It is hard work to find and keep a job.

  2. Jesse Richardson on April 8, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    All great tips. As a job developer, I have come to learn that it is better to really focus in on a few specific jobs instead of applying to every job that hits the internet. It is comparable to the intensity of a laser when compared to a flashlight. The laser is much more focused and shines more brightly than the flashlight. Have the focus of a laser during job searching, not that of a flashlight.

    • Julie Walraven on April 10, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Love your laser analogy, Jesse! “The laser is much more focused and shines more brightly than the flashlight. Have the focus of a laser during job searching, not that of a flashlight.” so true.

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