Job Hunting Mistakes

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

If your strategy isn’t working then change it!

Don’t do more of it. Don’t do less of it.

Stop doing it and make changes.

The classic IT job hunting example is sending off resumes and then waiting for the phone to ring with job offers. How is that working out for you by the way? Still sitting by the phone? Still not ringing?

E-mailing your resume for random jobs is a sure fire formula for frustration. In fact it doesn’t even quality as applying for a job.

We go into the right way to do it in the job hunting lessons but for now, if you are doing something which isn’t working then please stop.

Paul Browning

18 Responses to “Job Hunting Mistakes”

  1. Hi Paul
    With so many wrong roads and slippery slopes that are out there, I am looking forward to this lesson.
    I have attended all of the webinars so far and have learned so much in such a short time, I can highly recommend to anyone who is reading this to book now.


  2. Thanks for the advice! It is very frustrating out there right now. The ease of posting a resume makes it really tempting to send a barrage of emails in the hope that one of them will stick.

  3. Hi Paul,

    I have hear that over 26% of IT job vacancies in purely technical roles are unfillable in the UK because they can’t find the people with the right technical abilities to fill these positions. However, on the flip side, I hear many people with certifications can’t find a suitable job in the UK and have difficulty overcoming the ‘experience required’ requisite.

    What is your take on this?

    P.S. I have reviewed your ‘Getting Experience’ video.


  4. I’d be very interested in knowing the right way to proceed with applying for jobs. I am doing what you described – sending out resumes for jobs that I am not sure that I would even like.

  5. It is a good idea in general to try to change what you are doing if you aren’t getting the results you are looking for. If you continue to do something that isn’t getting any kind of result, you really do need to look for an alternate plan.

  6. When something isn’t working, I like to mix things up. Giving things a good shake helps to see things you didn’t realize were there as well as forces you to reevaluate your plan.

  7. I have been applying for jobs as you describe, but it hasn’t been very successful. I am looking forward to hearing what your thoughts are on correcting my strategy.

  8. I have four versions of resumes… and I always make sure that I do a little research on the company before I send it. Having a good cover letter is key too.

    • You’ve hit the nail on the head Lucas. Always make sure you do a little research on the company. Try to learn enough to understand some of their challenges and opportunities, and think about how you can address part of that in whatever job you’re applying for.

  9. I’m also interested in hearing what you could tell us about job hunting. It can be really discouraging when you keep sending out resumes and don’t even get a shot at something.

  10. Simple but quality advice. I do not believe in sitting around and feeling sorry for myself if I haven’t done everything possible to get the results I want. I personally know several people that one time or another should have read this post!

  11. According to zig ziglar,

    “If the majority is doing it, it must be wrong”, who’s the majority? job hunter, people who are still hunting and forever hunting. we have to emulate therefore those who have acquired jobs and are still on the job. I couldn’t agree with your more. if what your doing isn’t working, maybe it wasn’t meant to work lol

  12. I think job hunter tend to overshoot, nothing turns off an employer than a desperate applicant. This is what we learn in business school. your suppose to sell yourself at a price. Not bargain yourself at a garage sale. just my two cents/

  13. A few years ago I had an appointment for a Job interview with the VP himself interviewing me. I decided to go to the men’s bathroom upon entering a man bumped into me and I said “watch where your Going” in a kind of pissed manner. Upon arriving at the interview it was the same man. I never got the Job.

    • Ooh! That’s a tough one, but also a good example that no matter where you are or who you think you’re dealing with, it’s best to polite and professional with everyone. I’m sure we’ve all had to learn that lesson the hard way, often more than once. I hope things worked out well for you on other job interviews.

  14. I often interview my friends, both who have jobs and those who don’t. I collect all their information and try to make a comparison in their thinking and approach on a job interview. My conclusion, those who had first thoughts of “I can” had more employment than those who didn’t. Those who didn’t merely got their job by accident or at a very short period. In other words, your attitude decides whether you land the job and if the job will keep you!

  15. Researching companies can help you learn enough about a company to tailor your resume. You can do part of your research on Twitter – what are people saying about the company? What is the company releasing about itself?

  16. And on LinkedIn, you might be able to find names of people who work for the company you’re interested in, or who used to work for them. Try to add them to your connections, and you may be able to get advise from them on a good approach. This can’t be done overnight but it can be a useful approach.

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