Searching online for jobs is a common practice.
Because of the tough competition in the current job market for every job opening, any job search mistake can cause you to lose many job opportunities and leave you behind other candidates.
Many employment sites allow you to post your resume, participate in forums, and partake in a number of services they offer. But are you one of the online job searchers that are making job hunting mistakes?
Read on to learn about some of the most common online job search mistakes made.
Online Job Searching Mistakes you’d want to Avoid
Mistake #1 – Searching for Jobs Just on the Online Job Search Engines
The internet is a diverse place made up of professional communities, social networks, blogs, and of course job boards.
Make sure you are using all of these tools and more to network, brand yourself, and create a positive presence online.
Mistake #2 – Using Only the Major Job Boards
It may seem like the major job boards would be your best bet, but they are so big these sites can actually be counterproductive.
Instead, if you take the time to find the niche job sites that are related to the field(s) you are seeking employment that could be far more rewarding.
Mistake #3 – Ignoring the Opportunity to Build Relationships
Many job seekers network only to ask other for help in your job search.
You are missing a key opportunity when you do that. What you should be doing is networking and building relationships that are beneficial to both parties. Once that relationship is established it’s okay to ask for help.
Mistake #4 – Apply for Positions You Aren’t Qualified For
When you are applying for positions online it’s easy to apply for jobs you don’t have the qualifications for.
You might be thinking it won’t hurt, but you’d be wrong. You are wasting the hiring manager’s time when you do this and that’ will annoy him/her, and jeopardize future postings which you are qualified for.
Mistake #5 – Not Maintaining Your Online Presence
You should be aware that employers look at social networking profiles, and search the internet for references to your name.
That’s why it is so important to maintain an up to date presence. You should also keep in mind that what you post will be used to make decisions about whether your application is looked at or whether you get an interview.
Social Networking Mistakes to Avoid
Social networking can be an excellent tool for the job hunter, but there are a number of social networking mistakes that are made that can hurt your job search too. Let’s have a look at those.
Mistake #1 – Sharing too Much Information about Your Job Searching
You might want to tell your friends and family all about your job searching, and keep them in the loop but remember employers can see it too.
Knowing your opinion on the interview, the managers, etc. can also see those postings. Many companies like to maintain a level of privacy and prefer employees that will also maintain that.
Mistake #2 – Badmouthing Previous and Current Employees
All of us get frustrated with our employers every now, and then but venting all over Facebook or other social networks is not a wise move.
Potential future employers may look past you, if they see you venting about employers.
Mistake #3 – Posting Too Much About Your Partying
It’s great to have some fun.
No employers against that. But if you are posting tons of pictures of you dressing provocatively, kissing, and drinking, and acting in a less than professional manner, potential employers may decide to pass over you rather than take the risk that you won’t be reliable. You can still post your pictures just change your settings to “Friends Only.”
There you have it – we’ve covered some of the most common job search mistakes. Make wiser choices than others have.