Some job-search strategies that might appear attractive at the outset turn out to be ineffective for many people. To make sure you aren’t stymied by using ineffective tactics, watch out for the following pitfalls:
You want your job search to be proactive rather than reactive. If you’re waiting, you’re being reactive. Rather than filling out a dozen applications and then sitting back and hoping someone gets in touch with you, find another way to search that puts you back in the driver’s seat.
Relying too heavily on electronic methods
The Internet has become an essential part of job searching. Setting up online profiles and job alerts, applying to postings on job websites, and using e-mail to stay in touch with people in your network should all be a part of your search. However, don’t rely on these things alone. If you don’t get traction electronically, start trying to make progress another way, like calling people on the phone or meeting with contacts in person.
Most successful job searches show constant forward movement. You don’t need to be researching, networking, and sending out applications all day every day, but you should have a plan to do at least one thing every day that brings you closer to your goals.
Making networking a low priority
While it might be tempting to let your professional contacts drift while you focus on other parts of your job search, you should constantly be cultivating your network. Stay in touch, and keep on the lookout for new people with whom to network. Doing so will help maintain your previous network connections and keep your networking skills sharp so that when you meet a contact who could really help you, you don’t end up struggling to figure out the best way to build a relationship with them.