May 31, 2013

Top 5 Mistakes People Make, When Looking for a New Job

Today I read an article which had written by "Catherine Conlan", monster's contributor writer. In this article Conlan quoted the thoughts of "Lisa Arnold", director of recuriting at Versique in Minneapolis.  

She identified those five mistakes which is commonly occur when someone is trying to search a job. In this article I try to combine their thoughts along with generous advices of Amir Zahoor, Chair IEEE Sweden GOLD Section. I hope that after reading this article, you will try to avoid these mistakes in future if you already did. :-) 

There are many ways to give yourself, the best odds when you’re looking for a job -- and just as many ways to ruin them. Here are five common mistakes that people make that keep them from getting the job of their dreams. 

Apply Without a Plan:

Suppose If you don't have a job you might feel like, desperately applying to every possible job that can help you and increase your chances of finding something that can work for you. In fact, this does not help at all and can distract you from going hard after the jobs you really have a chance with. “People who say ‘I need to consider anything and everything’ are really doing themselves a disservice,” says Lisa Arnold. A person who is general in looking for a job or in talking about what you have done is really going to be left behind in this market. Instead of this, a good approach is to identify the job that you really want and what you need to do to get it.

Ignore Your Online Presence:

A strong, professional online presence can be a big plus when you’re looking for a job. “I see a lot more clients really using those tools to do more due diligence on a candidate,” Arnold says. One of the first thing clients ask is, ‘How many connections do you have on LinkedIn?’ That’s starting to matter.” Sharing information through your social networks about issues in your field can show hiring managers that you are plugged-in and keeping up with changes in your industry. “It will display your brand,” Arnold says.

I agree with Lisa Arnoldbecause online presence helps us to keep our knowlegde upto date (now a days it becomes upto minute). Without online presence, there is a risk factor involve regarding what you know and how you adopt new things. “One in five employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, and close to 59% of them are influenced by your online presence,” says CareerBuilder.com. Online presence can do so much more; it can help you create a name for yourself and provide you with endless networking and career opportunities. There are five points related to "Why online presence is important?" by Forbes.com.

Make a Laundry-List Resume:

Many people put together resumes that are simply a travelogue of where they’ve been over their working years. This step-by-step plodding through your jobs is neither compelling nor useful to people making hiring decisions. Instead of highlighting the position and dates you worked at, talk about skills you gained, problems you solved, and any recognition or promotions you got because of them. "Make your resume less about descriptions and more about actions related what you have done when critical time came and how you manage the complex situations during development,"  Amir says.

Underestimate Your Value:

Once you’ve identified the job you want, spiffed up your resume and online presence, and done your homework on the company, don’t settle for less than you deserve. Find out what similar positions pay and your opportunities for advancement. “Go out there and know what your value is in the market and don’t deviate from that,” Arnold says. Too many times, she says, people tend to settle for something less. That affects the entire profession, lowering the value for the skill set.