When it comes to finding work, there are bucket loads of articles and posts on the internet about what you should be doing. But what do you need to avoid at all costs while you search for that dream career?
It’s possibly even more important than knowing what to do, because a few of these bad habits can often be detrimental to your entire job searching process. They can trip you up, kick you while you’re down and cause you to start working backwards in the search for a new career.
Here are some of the worst things you can do while job searching:
If you’re not happy with your current job, then by all means start searching for something better. But don’t quit just yet.
Even if you do tell your superiors that you’ll be quitting, it’s common courtesy to give notice and to carry on working until the end of the month. This way you’ve got some time to try and find something else, because it can often take a while to find another job that fits your experience, qualifications and is something that you’re happy doing.
Finding a new job doesn’t simply happen overnight. It’s something that takes time, as well as hard work. For the meantime you’re going to need an income to sustain your lifestyle. So stick it out a while longer, and you’ll be far better off in the long run.
No matter what you do, never beg for a job. It shows that you’re desperate and are willing to do anything to earn some money. Employers want to work with people who want to be there. Not with people who feel like they have to, or because it’s an order or requirement. Because when you’re at a job that you want to be in, you do better work, instead of just watching the clock tick by.
Just like you and I, recruiters hate spam. It’s annoying, needy and it doesn’t give a good impression of who you are.
There’s a big difference between following up on a new contact, and spam. Sending out an email blast to various employers or recruiters is perfectly fine. Even getting in touch with them over their social media channels is perfectly fine (and also encouraged). But when you start sending out an email, tweet, comment, post and phone call every day, to the same people and companies, it’s considered spam (as well as extremely annoying).
Stop putting in so much effort into contacting the same people, and instead put the effort into finding new contacts to get in touch with.
Send something out to your current contacts every other day, possibly even once a week or once a month, and you may find that your job search is a lot more fruitful than what it used to be.