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The Unwritten Rules of Job Searching You Need to Know
Friday, August 31, 2012

What's worse than being the last one to know is being the only one who doesn't know. In just about every professional situation, there certain are rules or guidelines that aren't going to be spelled out.

When you're not getting the results out of your job search that you expect it could be due to being unaware of these rules. Instead of scratching your head wondering what you could have done better or what you may have done wrong, see if any of these could be your issue:

1) Lack of organization.

True good organizational skills will be apparent in all aspects of your life.You can try to make the arugment that you can be organized in your professional life even when you aren't so much in your personal, and while this may be true, you'll find both worlds to be much easier to tackle when the organization is evenly balanced. Use labels and categorize your emails. With all your information organized in a way that minimizes slip ups, you can easily create a seamless strategy. Or at least one with less bumps along the way.

2) Accessibility and gumption.

Make sure that you can be reached at all times. Employers get the same kind of frustration that you might when you call someone whose phone is off. They, however, can just move on to the next person. Failure to receive important phone calls results in missed opportunities and the more you miss the less they will come up. It's very bad form to reach other to others while being hard to reach. You're always expected to take the initiative, but unless you are able to follow through future potential employers may not take you seriously.

3) Reckless applying.

It is a big mistake to apply for any and all open positions. Firstly, it won't get you anywhere. Secondly, unless you plan to write hundreds of seperate cover letters and resumes, it's not practical. For each company you apply to, the process needs to be on a one-on-one basis where you and the hiring manager. It shouldn't be you and fill-in-the-blank.There's no genuineness or sincerity to a generic letter. It's a clear sign that you just want any job, rather than that one.

4) No focus.

You need to approach your job search as if that was your job and getting hired was a project on a deadline. With that outlook, it won't just be something you have to do, but something that's getting done. Process everything that is going on throughout your job search so you can adjust your strategy accordingly along the way. Try to read people and direct your efforts towards those who seem most interested or on the same wavelength as you.

5) Only looking out for #1.

If you're thinking that it's every many for himself in the job market, you would be one of the few left to themselves. The job market is competitive, yes, but doing a successful job search has a great deal to do with your ability to network well. Collaborating with other job seekers and recruiters allows for a harmonic give and take relationship. When someone needs a favor from you now, you may also need one from them later. It's always best to know that that opportunity will be available to you.
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