You searched through newspapers, classifieds and what not, just to find the right fit as per your skills. Of course getting settled with a desirable job offer is all that’s been going on inside your mind, since ever.

Finally, there’s one such vacancy that seems perfect according to your qualifications. What you do next is jot down the details and fill up your application on the company’s website. Having appeared in the interview, you expect the result to be in your favor and the offer letter to be swooped in your mail box at any moment.

But, guess what, that moment never arrives. Now you begin to think about all those things that might’ve gone wrong and the possible pitfalls that were overlooked during the whole process.

The section to follow will build on similar lines and throw light over 5 of the most common yet harmful job search tactics that should be avoided to save time during the campaign.

Spending All Your Time Online, Filling Applications

Seriously, if filling online applications is all that you got as your sole job search tactic, then this might not be the last job search article you read. Finding a well-paying job is all about experimenting and doing something out-of-the-box. You got to realize the fact that for every job opening you purse, there’re going to be at least two people who find a suitable ‘in’ at that organization.

Instead, the moment you apply for a job, head over to different social networking sites and start finding the employer. Getting in touch personally, is something that saves time and fosters strong chances of career growth in the long run.

Being Fearful at Every Step

It’s quite understandable that this might be the only chance you got. Or, this being your first attempt to find a job after college, fills in a beam of apprehensions and doubts within you. Obviously, your panic mode sets ON while waiting for all those calls you were expecting for an interview or post the interview, maybe!

Being under the influence of ‘flight or fight’ impulse, you stop thinking objectively and that’s when you begin to let loose. This increases the number of rash decisions you take, along with further increasing the time lag and job search inefficacy.

Foisting On Strangers to Make A Referral

It’s pretty comprehensive to get the point that being unemployed for all these months, you are quite desperate to find a job and get yourself recognized. But, ask yourself first, can you just walk up to a stranger and expect them to trust you worth a referral.

It might take some time to build rapport initially, but what lies ahead is chance to increase your professional network that saves time in the long run. Now you see, why it sounds inappropriate to walk up to a stranger and shove your resume at him, even before you make an attempt to start a small conversation.

Virtually Non-Existent on Social Media

You might be thinking for it to be a complete waste of time, while people are spending hours and days optimizing their social media profiles. Well, it is this kind of mentality that’s going to cost you a whole lot of job offers and hence much time during the time to come.

The global job market has crunched to the size of a computer screen, with new advents coming into the picture during every other instance. It’s time to be active on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and come in direct contact with a large pool of employers.

Doing Everything on Your Own

It’s quite appreciable that you are starting your campaign of job hunt solely by yourself and getting that taste of independence during the initial stages itself. However, after a point of time, this might be nothing more than a futile step. Considering the fact that you’re still a novice and are vulnerable to commit mistakes, asking for some help might just do the drill and get things on track.

There probably are a zillion industry experts around you, on the net and in your professional network. Whenever you face a difficulty, never abstain from taking a step forth and asking for an advice. Who knows saving the time to consult such experts, you create a time lag that makes all these efforts go stale.

The bottom line is that with every second passing by, there are millions like you who enter the race and compete against you. It’s best to be planned ahead of time and reach the finish line, before it gets too difficult.

Anshuman Kukreti is a professional writer and a keen follower of the global job market. An engineer by qualification and an artist at heart, he writes on various topics related to employment across the globe.
5 Job Search Tactics That Are Killing Your Time was last modified: October 11th, 2015 by Anshuman
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