The world is full of talented people, but many of them aren’t very dedicated job seekers. Unless you’re a prodigy, chances are good that nobody is going to save you from joblessness or a meaningless job but you. In today’s competitive market, prospects need more than a nice resume and cover letter to stand out—especially those who work in specialized fields such as software technology, biochemistry, or finance.
If you want to find a job you’ll thrive in, avoid these common mistakes:
- You’re not treating your job search as a job. Job seeking is hard work that requires perseverance above all else. You have to stay in touch with people and do something related to your job search daily to start seeing results. Make calls, stop by the office, and show a company that you’re really excited about an opportunity.
- Your communication habits are lacking. Recruiters, hiring consultants, and prospective employers won’t actively pursue unresponsive prospects. If you have a LinkedIn account or an account with a staffing agency, maintain it. Look at it on a regular basis and interact with people as often as possible online, on the phone, or in person.
- You haven’t asked someone else to check your written work. If you have simple mistakes in your resume, cover letter, online profiles, or correspondence, companies will notice. Something as simple as the way you speak and write could set you apart from another candidate with equal qualifications. Don’t assume that grammar is unimportant because you work in a technical field.
Remember that you and your future company have the same goals: to create a mutually beneficial partnership with the right fit. Talk to recruiters and talent staffing agencies to find your ideal job instead of waiting for the right company to discover you. Check out the PT Systems jobs listings to find your next temporary or permanent position.