Mistakes new, experienced job-seekers make

By Jodi Mohrmann, Managing editor of special projects, jmohrmann@wjxt.com
Published On: Apr 21 2014 03:14:38 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 22 2014 06:45:00 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Whether you're new to the workforce or your trying to get back in, there are mistakes both new and experienced job seekers make and don't even know it.

Let's start with the first-time job seekers.The day you graduate from college may be one of the happiest days of your life. With your diploma in your hand, final exams and all-nighters are in the past. The future looks bright, until you start applying to jobs and get rejection after rejection. The learning isn’t over yet.

Candice Coleman is a recent college graduate, but hasn’t been able to find a job.

“I didn’t think it would be that difficult to get an entry level position,” Coleman said.

Many first-time job seekers make mistakes that they may not even be aware of, like not staying up-to-date on industry trends. Graduates should do research not only on the company, but about the field in general.

For example, if entering the medical field, you should know about the Affordable Care Act and how politics affect medicine and social needs.

Also, don’t forget to be enthusiastic! If you appear bored while interviewing or even while networking, you more than likely will not be considered for the position.  Show enthusiasm through your knowledge of the company and interest in the position.

Finally, even though times are hard and it may not always be wise to hold out for the perfect job, when you get that sinking feeling in your gut and you know a position is a poor match for your temperament or skills, experts say you are wise to pass.  When you have your doubts, discuss with a mentor before making irreversible decisions.

Now, if you're an older job hunter, Forbes says a lot of you are making some big mistakes, too. For example, you don't have a LinkedIn profile.  Forbes says it's the modern resume and modern recruiters like to use social tools like LinkedIn.

Another mistake, you don't bring your "A" game to the interview.  Forbes says it's easy to have an attitude without even realizing it, if the person conducting the interview is younger or you feel overqualified.

And don't make the mistake of waiting for that phone to ring. Forbes says if you are unemployed get out and do something.  Volunteer for a charity or volunteer to do a job utilizing your skills.  You never know who you'll meet and network with - maybe your future employer.

Go to Forbes.com to read the full article The 11 Biggest Mistakes Older Job Hunters Make.

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