5 Job Search Tactics You Must Stop Immediately

Oct 24, 2014

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The Muse

You’ve been on the job hunt for weeks.

You’re applying immediately to every job you come across that’s remotely related to your field. You’re getting your résumé in the hands of anyone you meet. You’re following up with hiring managers like your life depends on it.

And still? Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

Well, I’m going to tell you a little secret.

It might be you that’s the problem.

I know—before you get all ready to tussle with me, let me assure you that I realize that most people are smart and motivated and have all the best intentions when it comes to landing that next big thing. The problem is that most of us don’t have much training on how to not suck at the job search. Which means—we’re bound to make some gaffes along the way.

So let’s change that. ASAP.

Rule #1: If you’re using any of these (very-common) job search tactics, you must change course immediately.

1. Spending 100% of Your Search Time Submitting Online Applications

If trolling the job boards is your primary search tactic, you’re looking at a long road ahead. Realize that, for every job you pursue, at least one or two people are going to find an “in” at that company. And they’re going to use that “in” to get a direct introduction. Would you rather be the one with the “in,” or one of the other 20, 80, or 400 contenders coming in via the automated “clump” of applicants?

Instead: Even if you apply for the job online…

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