If you’ve been looking for a job for a while, you may be starting to think that there are no jobs available. However, is it possible that there is another reason that you’re still out of work? Take a look at some of the ways that many job seekers waste time and see if there is something that you are (or are not) doing that could be causing the delay:
Not being focused. It is difficult to make much progress with your job search if you don’t know what type of job you want. When you’re sending out applications for many different types of jobs, you have to constantly overhaul your resume to highlight different skill sets. This requires a lot more research, which can be time consuming. While it is good to keep your options open, it is best to stay focused on one type of job at a time.
Spending too much time searching for jobs online. Since this is the way that almost every job seeker looks for a job, you have a lot more competition than you would using any other job search method. It is difficult to stand out when submitting online applications, so you need to send out a lot of resumes before you’ll get an interview.
Aiming too high. If you don’t possess the minimum qualifications, you probably will not be offered the job. You are competing against candidates who have all of the requirements, so if you are lacking in an area that it is significant to the role, then it’s probably better to let this one go and to focus on a job that is better suited to your skills.
Getting distracted with email and social media. If you’re on your computer anyway, it may feel like there is no harm in quickly signing in to your email, Facebook, or Twitter accounts. The problem is that five minutes can easily turn into ten, which can easily turn into an hour. Make sure that you schedule yourself a break when you can check your email and social media sites and that you exercise self discipline when it is time to get back to work.
It is frustrating when your job search drags on and on. It bruises both your ego and your pocketbook. If you can’t afford to be out of work for another six months, then try to determine what is holding you back and take the necessary steps to fix it.
(Written by: Karen Bivand)