The Definition Of Job Search Insanity: Best of reCareered

Jun 11 2010 in Job Search Strategy, reCareered Blog by Phil Rosenberg

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”… attributed to Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain and others

Is this a description of your job search?

I speak to frustrated job seekers every day, people who have been looking for a career change for a while. Sometimes they’ve been looking for just a month … sometimes over a year. In particular, older workers blame a broken system and age bias. I agree … the hiring process in most companies is dysfunctional. There is age bias. It’s unfair.

But this broken system can give the smart job seeker an unfair advantage. Do you know how to exploit the cracks?

Unfortunately, most don’t know how to take advantage of the broken hiring system – because they’ve never been taught. Also, many job seekers want to stay in their comfort zone of what they used in their last job search and what worked earlier in their careers – before electronic resumes and CareerBuilder. You know, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Not only do many job seekers do the same thing over and over, expecting different results….when the going gets tough, they do MORE of the same thing, expecting different results.

These are some examples of insanity that continue to be used by many job seekers.

  • Expecting a recruiter will do their job search for them
  • Believing that your network will provide value to you, even if you aren’t continuing to provide value to them
  • Confusing a headhunter with a coach
  • Continuing a job search strategy based on paper resumes
  • Writing a one page, or even a two page resume
  • Forgetting to describe how you’ve already solved a key problem your target company currently has
  • Using your resume for more than a single job application
  • Customizing cover letters, when they aren’t included in database searches
  • Use Linkedin to talk to someone about their company, then turn it into an ambush interview
  • Forgetting that your resume is just one more email in the hundreds your network contacts get each day
  • Spend time at all the local Chamber of Commerce networking events, while targeting a Fortune 500 job
  • Poor use of Resume Real Estate
  • Not describing on your resume why a hiring manager should consider you over thousands of competitors
  • Writing your resume as an autobiography
  • Placing too much reliance on your current network
  • Describing about what you managed and were responsible for instead of what you accomplished
  • Mailing or faxing a paper resume
  • Defining yourself as a generalist
  • Blaming the system, instead of changing your tactics to beat the system
  • Applying for more than 20 jobs per week
  • Junk mailing or email spamming your resume to thousands of recipients
  • Forgetting that your voice mail is just one more voice mail in the hundreds your contacts get each day

Ask yourself honestly, how many of these are you using in your job search?

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