6 Job Search Mistakes
This week I’m including a little tough love with 6 mistakes you might be making in your job search (adapted from this blog post here), because I’ve been seeing/talking to students about several of these issues! The job search does often take time and patience, but you can check this list to see if any of these things apply to you, and change course now if needed.
1. No job clarity. Many people think that being open to “anything” increases their chances of finding “something”. Instead, this makes you seem flaky and uncertain about what you want, and your resume/application becomes unclear and difficult to read. Trying to be all things to all people means you probably won’t look like you truly meet anyone’s needs! Focus on 1-2 job titles/areas; this will help direct your energy and weed through the ads and your network to focus on what will truly provide you the best match for your skills and interests.
2. Mismatch in information. Apply for the job that you meet the requirements for. If your resume says you’re a reference librarian and you’re applying for jobs as a database developer, you likely won’t be considered. Make your materials match the job, and if they don’t, apply for jobs that do match your skill set. See me for help on career changing.
3. You aren’t networking. I can not say this enough, you must be networking! Do it in person, do it via email, do it via social networks, do it daily. Pick a social networking platform you like and learn how to use it for job search, attend events, ask for informational interviews, talk to your faculty, your friends, your current or former coworkers and classmates about your career path. End each conversation with something like “who else should I be talking to?” and expand your network.
4. Online applications are your primary search. This is not enough. This is how most people job search, and it’s a lot of work for (often) very little result. See point numbers 3 and 4.
5. You don’t know “Why you?” Get clear on what you offer, how you are unique as a job candidate from the others competing for that job. How does your experience combine into providing the perfect solution to the employer’s problem?
6. You aren’t taking responsibility. Only YOU can find you the right job for you! To find a great position that will advance your career requires investment of time, some critical thinking about your strengths, and doing the work of reaching out and making connections in the field you want to work in.
If you’ve been working a strategy consistently for the last several weeks (or months!) that doesn’t seem to be working for you, it’s time to change strategy! I’m here to help if you get stuck. – Janet
Tue., May 15 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Wed., May 16 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Wed., May 16 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Thu., May 17 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm
iSchool Job and Internship Seekers Drop-In session (MGH 310-D)
Thu., May 17 | 3 – 4:30 pm
Fri., May 18 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Sat., May 19 | 9:00 am – 5:45 pm
Mobile UX Camp
Mon., May 21 | 1:30 – 3 pm
Tue., May 22 | 2 – 3:30 pm
Tue., May 22 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information (also listed on iprojobs)
Washington State Department of Commerce
Contact Will Saunders (Broadband Policy and Program Manager) at 360-902-2983 for more information.
Washington Dental Service
Several positions open in IT
Email Ashely Calabro at email@example.com for more information (also listed on iprojobs).
Douglas County Libraries
Everett Public Library
The City of Everett (WA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Digital Asset Management Specialist
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information (also listed on iprojobs).
RF Lab Manager
Contact email@example.com for more information (also listed on iprojobs).
Mathematica Policy Research Inc.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Contact Gerardo “Gary” Colmenar (805) 893.8067 for more information
Contra Costa County Library
LAC-GROUP – University in LA area
Oregon State University Libraries
University of California, Riverside
The Oregon State Library (OSL)
BUSINESS ANALYST (on HuskyJobs)
Internships and Student Jobs
Dependable Strengths Institute
Social Media & Website Development internship
Contact email@example.com for more information (also listed on istujobs).
Taxonomy Mapping Specialist (contract)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information (also listed on iprojobs).
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) Library
Contact email@example.com for more information.
UX Research Assistant
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information (also listed on istujobs).
Contact email@example.com for more information
Website Development (Freelance)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information (also listed on istujobs).
UW Clinical Informatics Research Group (CIRG)
Interaction Designer/Front-end Web Designer
Contact Mark Stewart, email@example.com for more information (also listed on istujobs).
The Seattle Public Library
Americorps Outreach positions (2)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information (also listed on istujobs).
Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
Manuscript End Processing Assistant
Contact email@example.com for more information (also listed on istujobs).
Interaction Design Intern (on HuskyJobs)
QA Intern (On HuskyJobs)