5 for Friday: How to Avoid Job Search Mistakes

Searching for a job can be a daunting task, but you don’t have to stray off the productive path and into mistakes. This week’s 5 for Friday provides insights into common job search mistakes and how you can avoid them.

  • Ways You’re Subtly Sabotaging Your Job Search by Penny Wren at The Week: “In today’s tough job market, even the most innocuous things can make or break your chances of nabbing that plum gig.  But there are a few easy things that you can do to improve your job search, like avoiding these six self-sabotaging moves.”
  • 5 Job Search Nightmares That Could Happen to You by Alison Green at U.S. News: “Job seekers often prepare for tough situations like no call-backs or hostile interviewers. But it can get even worse than that – like having your current employer find out that you’re going on interviews or having an offer fall through after you’ve already resigned your current job.”
  • Ways to Clean Up Your Online Profiles During A Job Search by Leah Arnold-Smeets at PayScale: “One way to improve your chances of landing the job is by cleaning up your social media profiles so that the hiring representative doesn’t come across anything that would make him or her question your candidacy. Here are five ways to protect your online profiles during a job search.”
  • Keep Records of Your Job Search Efforts by N.M. Department Of Workforce Solutions at ABQ Journal: “If you have applied for multiple job opportunities, keeping all your documents organized can become overwhelming. Job-hunting requires a lot of paperwork between all the job applications, résumés and cover letters. To stay on top of your job-search efforts and make the most of your time, keep records and a spreadsheet of all your job-search activities.”

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