To avoid opting yourself out of opportunities, it is important to not make the wrong move, especially if you’re new to the workforce. Here are a few mistakes that those new to the job search often make:
1. Not talking to third-party recruiters; thinking they’re rip-offs.
In this case, if you make this decision, you’re letting an opportunity pass without even knowing it. Some jobs are only filled by recruiters. Whenever possible, get in touch with them. Contract and temporary jobs often lead to regular employment.
Be aware that not all recruiters can be trusted. Be discerning when evaluating the potential job. You can ask the recruiter what he or she knows about the company and the job, and if the recruiter has employed people within the company in the past. Learn as much as you can about the company and the role the recruiter is offering to determine if everything is on the up and up.
2. Not signing up on LinkedIn because of privacy issues.
LinkedIn is used by a large number of companies across many industries. Not having a LinkedIn profile may hinder your job search.
You can toggle the privacy settings to restrict certain people from seeing your profile. Perhaps you can ask for help in setting up a profile to really let your experience shine. In our digital world, a LinkedIn profile serves as your online resume.
3. Refusing an interview because the commute is too long.
It’s not right to say no to an interview just because of its distance. You might end up looking for a job for a very long time if you’re too picky when it comes to commuting. Keep in mind that many companies now allow telecommuting. You can find out if the company offers telecommuting before you consider saying no.
4. Turning down the job because it’s “below” you.
Taking a lower-level job is not necessarily damaging to your career. An honest day’s work is an honest day’s work. In many cases, employers may look at your willingness to work and admire your determination and work ethic. Being unemployed for a long time can affect your resume and can be damaging to your job search, so in most cases it may be better to take a job you’re capable of doing (even though it may not fit your long-term goals), rather than struggle with long-term unemployment (and being forced to explain it on your resume when another opportunity comes along).
5. Refusing to fill out an online application that asks for a Social Security number.
Of course, every job seeker should be aware of identity theft and safe online practices. To find out if the job or the company is a scam, you can call the Better Business Bureau, and/or do a bit of research before you apply.
These tips will help you look for a job that will suit your skills and personality best. Avoid these common pitfalls to help you as you build your career.