I would like to share with you some common mistakes job seekers make when searching for a job which make their effort unproductive. I took the liberty to place in this article title the word “common” because that what it is when it comes to job search. From the famous quote by a French writer Voltaire “Common sense is not common”. The truth is that, if common sense was really common, then there will be no silly mistake being made by people on daily basis. Frankly speaking, we are all guilty of this in one way or the other, but with sound knowledge it will be easy to do the right thing. Job search also requires a common sense approach to avoid some of these mistake in other to be successful in your job search

Job searching in Nigeria or any other country is known as a hectic process, trail with a lot of difficulties. It has being so difficult that even some undergraduate in school have made up their mind to join the labour market with the mindset of trial by chance, thinking that’s a norm in our society. In this article we will discuss the common mistake people make when searching for a job that has made them regular customers to the labor market.

Adopting a Failure Mentality:

In Nigeria there is this common conception that it’s only way to get a job is to know an influential politician or company managers. Does that mean that if you don’t know an influential person won’t be able to get a job? the answer is NO. I have seen countless amount of people get employed genuinely without no influence. So you need to break way from the negative thinking and program your mind for success because no true success has ever been achieved with a failure mentality.

Poor Networking

Networking should be at the core of every job seeker’s goal possibly taking about 90% of your time. Having the right network will make your job search much easier. Most job seekers go about networking in the wrong way, their main focus is just to ask for job rather than build relationship. Remember, networking is a long-term investment that requires time and persistence. Most of the connections you make will not have anything to offer you initially. By politely following up with your contacts, you’ll be able to develop a relationship over time. The stronger your relationships, the more likely it is that your connections will think of you when opportunities arise. You should start by becoming a member of your industry professional body. Association like that you can be able to know people in your industry and they can provide you with valuable information. You can also use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, G+ etc), which has made it easier to connect with people.

Read more on how to build a professional network.

Been Reactive

Some job seeker all they do is go to online job board, apply for the job vacancies and that’s all, without no follow up leaving them at the mercy of what come up. This approach is outdated although it’s still works but you need to do more than that. You need to be proactive, so you can take responsibility of your job search. Being a proactive job seeker means that you’re scouting out opportunities before they ever grace a job board or company website. This can be accomplished in many ways and is primarily referred to as accessing the hidden job market. Proactive job searching can include networking online or off, informational interviewing, cold calling, targeting employers, creating a direct mail campaign, utilizing a value proposition letter, or simply reaching out to employers about potential opportunities before they become public knowledge. The idea is that, by incorporating these methods, you’re staying one step ahead of your competition.

Poor written CV

This is one of the common mistake job seekers usually make. Your CV is all an employer has to build a first impression of you, so just one mistake can seriously damage your chances of landing job interviews. Most job seekers just use one generic CV to apply for all jobs. This approach is wrong, When writing your CV ensure that your is tailored to meet requirement of the employer and also take your time to go through your CV to correct the grammatical and spelling errors which are usually very common.

Read more on how to make your CV special.

Mailing Unsolicited Resumes

What use is a mail that no one asked for? What use is a mail if no one reads them? Sending unsolicited resumes might sound smart thing to do but most often those kinds of mails get trashed in the recycle bin technically or in real terms. Secretaries take no time to discard them. HR managers file them away, and hiring decision-makers pitch them. I would say it will be wise to abandon completely such strategies.

Ignore Your Online Presence

Social media has changed the way job recruiting used to be done. A lot of recruiters are beginning to go online to look up job applicants. In fact most hiring managers make their judgment about you from what they see on our online profile. So a strong, professional online presence can be a big plus when you’re looking for a job. Get as much connections as you can get on Linkedln. Write a professional bio on all your social media accounts. Share meaningful information about your profession on your social networks thus revealing your expertise in your career.

By learning how to navigate these potential pitfalls from the outset, your job search will be more productive and yield more positive results!