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5 Job Search Mistakes to Avoid in the New Year

December 24th, 2019

If you’re heading into 2020 without a job, it’s easy to get discouraged. The good news is that there are some mistakes you can avoid to help speed up your search and fine a new position, faster.

To help you in the process, the Spokane, WA recruitment experts at Provisional Recruiting are here for you. Below are a few common missteps to avoid when you’re looking for a new position:

Mistake #1: Applying to everything.

If you’re out of work, you might be feeling desperate. But if your job search doesn’t have focus and you’re applying to anything and everything, you’re not going to find a quality opportunity. Instead, take a step back and take a deep breath. Then attack your job search once again with a more clear-cut approach that includes only applying to positions you really want and those you’re truly qualified for.

Mistake #2: Applying to jobs you’re over-qualified for.

If there’s a reason you want to take a step down in your career – such as new demands in your personal life – that’s one thing. However, keep in mind, if you’re willing to accept a big cut in pay and responsibilities, then it can have a long-term impact. Not only will it affect your budget, quality of life and enthusiasm for your job, but it can cut into your earning potential in the future, too.

Mistake #3: Being too persistent.

Persistence can pay off in a job search, or it can be a liability, depending on how you put it it use. For instance, if you continually pester a hiring manager about an opportunity, then they’re going to cross you off their list of potential hires. So walk the fine line when it comes to follow up, doing so in a way that’s reasonable and appropriate.

Mistake #4: Getting too personal.

During the job search and interview process, don’t get too personal with the information you’re offering. For instance, the hiring manager doesn’t need a photo of you with your resume or information about your hobbies and interests. Simply focus on your relevant strengths and what makes you the best candidate for the job.

Mistake #5: Getting discouraged.

When you don’t have a job for a period of time, it’s easy to lose hope and accept anything that comes your way. But try to hold off until the right opportunity opens up. Even if you’re pulling a paycheck, you won’t be satisfied in the long run with a position that’s not a match for your personality, career goals and lifestyle needs. So be patient, keep searching and you eventually will find that position that’s a great fit for you.

Looking for a new job in the Spokane, WA area?

Whether you’re unemployed or still have a job, the recruitment professionals at Provisional Recruiting are here for you. We’ll get to know your personality and work background, all so we can connect you with rewarding opportunities. Contact us today or search our Spokane jobs now!