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Seven Deadly Mindsets of Ineffective Job Searches

Having the right mindset as you begin (or continue) your job search is crucial to your success. Where you put your mind in the beginning will affect where you end up. To put this into practice, it’s important to have a clear understanding of who you are. It may help to look at your professional reputation—how are you known in the industry and in the professional realm?

We all have a brand and we need to be able to articulate that brand. Know what your success factors are and identify those things that will make you successful in your job search. Set goals for yourself. There are certain milestones and small goals to achieve along the way, so be sure that you set daily/weekly/monthly goals to measure your success. Goals can also help to keep you motivated. And finally, avoid the following deadly mindsets that can lead to an ineffective search:

1. Conducting a job search without a plan or process in place.
Think of the job search as a project. There are goals, deadlines, deliverables, etc. that you need to hold yourself accountable to.

2. Being a “computer addict.”
Spending time online is only one portion of your search effort. It should not be your focus but only a small part. There’s only a 1 to 2 percent success rate with this effort, and it puts you in a responsive as opposed to proactive position. Companies get hundreds or thousands of resumes daily, so the hit rate for you is likely to be very small. Job boards and other online resources can be used to identify opportunities, but they should not be where you spend the bulk of your time.

3. Using a “blast machine.”
This sort of an approach gets your resume out to multiple recruiters and companies, but it’s often the case that companies will have systems and blocks in place to mark this sort of communication as spam.

4. Avoiding online presence.
Don’t be resistant to online social media or online networking. Approximately 86 percent of employers and recruiters are going to google you before they reach out to you, so be sure that you’re online in a positive light and take advantage of sites that can market your brand.

5. Having tunnel vision.
Have a two- to three-page resume, in addition to a one-page networking biography or career biography. If your job search is multifaceted, as it should be, there are numerous documents that will play a part in your strategy.

6. Being a recluse.
Don’t be overly internally focused to the extent that you shut yourself off from knowing what’s going on in your industry or other industries that are of potential interest. Keep up with trends, industry evolutions, and other changes.

7. Functioning as an introvert.
Networking is a huge part of your job search campaign. Nearly 85 percent of job leads aren’t advertised, so meeting more people will lead to learning about new opportunities. The majority of your time should be spent meeting other people and building relationships, which will lead to results.

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