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    4 Easy Job Searching Mistakes

    If you're job search isn't going as quickly or as well as you had hoped, maybe it's time to re-evaluate your strategy and to reinvigorate your job search plan. Read How to Get the Job You Want 2.0 and Selling Yourself with Confidence, for some job search boosting tips.

    In the meantime, here are 4 common mistakes to avoid:

    1. Lacking clarity

    So you’ve left your job and it feels so unnatural to be unemployed that you panic and rush into your job search without first getting clear on what you want. This can only lead to disappointment, as you need to be able to communicate to contacts, recruiters and employers what you’re looking for. Before you start applying for jobs, take some time to reflect on what type of executive job you actually want.

    2. Browing job sites aimlessly

    It’s tempting to just log onto an executive job board and scroll through all 1732646 of its pages, looking for your ideal position to just leap out at you from the thousands of vacancies on there. But really, how likely is it that you’ll find a suitable job in this way? It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. Instead, plan in advance which sites you’re going to visit today and how long for. Use the advanced search function on these sites to set your criteria and filter out all the jobs that have little or no relevance to your target role. And remember not to only use job boards in your job search.

    3. Applying only to advertised jobs

    It’s an often quoted statistic that only 30% of job vacancies are actually advertised. Once you get to executive level, it’s very likely that this figure is even more slender. Look for the ‘hidden’ job openings by sending speculative letters to organisations you’ve decided to target, connecting with their employees through their LinkedIn company profile and contacting trade journalists on Twitter to ask if they know who’s hiring. You can find such journalists by using a Twitter directory such as Twellow.

    4. Ignoring your existing network

    Networking is of course a powerful tool in getting job leads, especially when it comes to hidden jobs. However, networking to this end doesn’t just involve making new contacts. Your existing network can also be of value to you, so don’t neglect it. Call up a connection you haven’t spoken to for a while to catch up on their news and tell them about your job hunting. You never know what they may come up with to help you.

    If you've found these tips helpful, find more in our 100 Executive Job Search Tips ebook.

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