5 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Job Search

22 01 2013

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In such a competitive job market, when you’re on the hunt, you cannot afford to make mistakes. Even when you are spending hours every day on job searching and you think that you are doing everything right, you may still be making some mistakes. To be successful in finding a job you need to stand out in the crowd and you may be held back by your interviewing skills, your resume, the way you are searching, and even by your parents. Don’t make these five mistakes:

Relying on your Parents for Guidance

It is natural to look to your parents for advice and guidance on many aspects of your life, including the job search. They have been in the workplace much longer than you have, after all. The problem is that your mom and dad’s job search was much different from what you are going through today. Unless one of your parents works in hiring, they really will not understand the way it works today. While they mean well, their advice could run contrary to what will ultimately help you find a job.

Ignoring Social Media

Speaking of changing trends in job searching, social media is now an important part of hiring and networking. Creating a network to help find a job is nothing new, but the way in which people do it today is far different that it was even ten years ago. Using sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook are essential to staying in the loop and getting access to the companies you are interested in and the open positions. Join up with groups that are specific to your industry and don’t be shy. Jump in and get involved in discussions so that people know you are there.

Not Updating and Customizing your Resume

If you have one resume that you have been using for months and that you have been sending out indiscriminately, you are handicapping your search. If a resume is not customized to the job for which you are applying, the hiring manager will toss it aside and look for one that is. If you have a long history on your resume, trim it back and only use experiences that are relevant to a specific position. And take the time to perfect your resume. Enlist help here if necessary. Nothing looks worse to an employer than stupid mistakes on a resume.

Interviewing Poorly

Maybe you have excelled with your job search, your networking, and your resume, and you land an interview. You can still blow it by not honing your interviewing skills. Simple mistakes can totally sabotage this opportunity to impress: arriving late, forgetting the name of your interviewer, clamming up, or not being prepared with a resume or references. Be prepared the day before by finding directions and getting copies of you resume and references ready to go. Have someone help you practice so you will feel more comfortable once you are put on the spot.

Not Going the Extra Mile

In such a competitive market, if you do not stand out, you may not get the job. A perfect resume, good references, and excellent interview skills just might not be enough to set you apart from the crowd. Think of things that you can do to leave a positive impression on prospective employers: send a personalized thank-you note after an interview, bring a treat, like donuts, to the interview, prepare a presentation to showcase your skills, or talk about what you can specifically do for the company.

About the author: Mary Ellen Ellis writes for Sociology Degree Programs, a career site for learning about getting started in a sociology or social worker career.


The Web’s Best Career Advice – Weekly Roundup v.3

13 12 2012

This week, I bring you four excellent articles that will help you in your career, regardless of where you are today.  Are you working on your digital portfolio?  Yes? No? You might look into it!  Check out this week’s feature article on Campus to Career here.  It’s all about creating a dynamic digital portfolio to help you land the job!


Some people strive for work/life balance while others have accepted that the concept is more like work/life integration.  For more, check out my friend Meghan Biro’s article on Forbes: 5 Steps to Work Life Sanity in Today’s Social World.  Take some of the advice.  It will be good for you!

Do you know what the NUMBER ONE mistake most people make in their career? Read more from LinkedIn.

Read the YouTern blog?  I always find a few gems a week on their site and this week was no different.  Check out their article, 25 Things We Must Know Before 25, here.  Older than 25?  Don’t worry, there’s still time!  🙂

Lastly, here’s a great article from CareerRocketeer about leadership – great advice for anyone: Top 11 Ways to Improve Your Leadership Skills.

What was THE BEST career advice article you read this week? Share it with everyone!  I’d love to know.  As always, thanks for reading.

The Web’s Best Career Advice – Weekly Roundup v.2

6 12 2012

roundupToughen up.  That’s the advice given in this week’s guest post by Deborah Brown-Volker.  Everything is challenging at the beginning.

Think the title of “leader” is only earned through a person’s tenure?  Think again.  Forbes writer Erika Anderson explains how you can be seen as a leader at any point in your career.  Click here to read the full article.

Last week, the world said farewell to legendary thought leader and motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar.  Zig’s advice has guided me and millions of others to find their true happiness.  One of my favorite quotes of his is “When you set goals, something inside of you says, ‘Let’s go, let’s go,’ and ceilings start to move up.” Check out Kevin Kruse’s post, Zig Ziglar: 10 Quotes That Can Change Your Life.

Polishing up your resume? Need a little help to make it unbeatable?  Here are some great tips from a top recruiter.  Your resume should be part of your interview toolkit.  Find out what else should be included in your kit here.

You have your resume ready, the interview toolkit is complete.  Now what?  Glassdoor.com’s guest blogger, Heather Huhman has some great advice for you.  Here are 6 Things Hiring Managers Don’t Want in a Candidate.  Here’s another great article outlining what NOT to do: How to Scare Away the Interviewer.

Last, but not least, check out this great article from CareerBliss.com: Getting Defensive at Work is Holding You Back.  Excellent tips for any point in your career!

As always, Campus to Career will continue to bring you relevant content to help you find your dream job that aligns with your passion or help you improve yourself professionally at your current job (if you’ve already found your passion.)  Be sure to watch www.campus-to-career.com, subscribe via email (FREE) or follow me on Twitter (@kbaumann or @campustocareer) and Facebook.

Have you read a great article recently that you’d like to share here?  Leave a comment below or email me directly at kirk.baumann@att.net.  Have a great week!

The Web’s Best Career Advice – Weekly Roundup v.1

27 11 2012

This week, I’m trying something new.  Don’t worry – this will supplement each week’s posts that are released on Tuesdays.  Since this is the first post of its kind, I’m highlighting it now.  This is simply something I thought you’d appreciate.  After all, the whole point of Campus to Career is to pay it forward.  Here is some of the best career advice I found on the web this week.  Look for another original post on Thursday.  Next week, we’ll resume our regularly scheduled program.  Enjoy!

What’s the weirdest interview question you’ve ever been asked?  It’s all about being prepared, but some of these are pretty far out there.  Check out the 10 Terrifyingly Tricky Interview Questions from AT&T to Zappos! Click here to read the full article.

We all want to get promoted, right?  What do we need to do to make that happen?  Check out Forbes’ Top 6 Communication Skills That Will Get You Promoted for a few tips.  Also, don’t forget to find a mentor.  It can make all the difference!

Want to know what the “Must-Have Job Skills for 2013” are?  Click here to read a great article from The Wall Street Journal.  Will 2013 be your breakout year?

Working on your elevator pitch?  Click here to see the seven key components to help make yours pitch-perfect.

Heidi Klum knows a thing or two about the job search. Want to find out what she and other supermodels have discovered?  Read this.

Looking for a little happiness?  Check out Inc. Magazine’s 9 Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier.

That’s it!  I read dozens of articles a week, scouring the web for great pieces of advice to pass on here at Campus to Career.  I hope you enjoy this.  Please let me know!  I’m always looking to improve the quality of content and your user experience.  Leave a comment below or email me directly at kirk.baumann@att.net.  Have a great week!