When you conduct a career search online, you want to use the right strategy to land a job. Mistakes in your strategy can lead to many frustrations. You might not land a job, and even worse, you could end up having your identity stolen. Here are 4 mistakes to avoid when looking for jobs:
1. Sending Your Resume in Response to a Craigslist Ad
There are many legitimate opportunities to find work on Craigslist. Everyone from individuals to large companies takes advantage of posting a free job ad on it, and you could end up finding a great job. However, many thieves and spammers use Craigslist also, and therefore it's important to be wise about sending your resume (which has your personal information on it) to "employers". Too often, it's a thief who wants to steal your identity or a spammer who wants to send you countless emails selling junk products. If you want to send your resume in response to a Craigslist ad, send it to an email address that includes the company's main website address. Don't just respond to an anonymous email address included in the ad, or generated by Craigslist. You can also send an email saying that you're interested and would like more information including official contact information. However, you may still be opening yourself up to a spam attack.
2. Posting Your Resume on Job Sites
Like on Craigslist, thieves and spammers search job sites looking for contact information on resumes. It's best not to post your resume. Instead, you should send your resume directly to employers. You run the risk of the job site selling your information when you register with them, but at least you won't widen your risk of suffering from identity theft by just posting it publicly. If you still want to post your resume on a job site, at least delete your contact information (except for your email address, if the site doesn't provide a way for employers to contact you through them). You may still get spammed, but hopefully your identity won't get stolen.
3. Applying in a "Hit or Miss" Fashion
When you're searching for a job, you must apply for as many jobs as possible every day. It's not enough just to apply for jobs here and there, because you're competing against proactive job seekers who may be even more qualified for the job. Consistency is important in your career search. Develop a strategy so that when you're ready to conduct your search, you're not wasting time surfing the Internet. Write down (or bookmark) the job sites you'll check daily, and don't be afraid to apply for everything you're qualified for. The more you apply, the more you increase your chances of getting hired. And although you should apply for several jobs daily, you also have to make each e-mail or cover letter pertinent to the specific job you are applying for. This will prove your interest and make it more likely for you to land an interview.
4. Not Following Up
You're not the only one applying for the job that you're highly qualified for. There are many other job applicants, and you have to stand out above the crowd. One major step you can take is to simply follow up after you send your application. If you have telephone contact information, call the employer to confirm receipt of your application or resume and ask if there's any other information they need. You should follow up using email as well, especially in cases where no phone number is provided. Follow up a couple more times until you get a response.
A career search can yield great results, and the greatest one being income. There are many online freelance jobs that make it possible for individuals to work-from-home. For this very reason, your career search will be very competitive and the more mistakes you avoid, the better your chances of getting hired.
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Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.