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7 Job Search Habits to Break Before the New Year.

7 Job Search Habits to Break Before the New Year.

1. Blasting your network with messages about job loss.

✔ Instead: Send a tailored message to a specific person asking for a one-on-one conversation. Start building relationships with individuals. Rinse and repeat.

2. Relying on job boards.

✔ Instead: Take ownership of your job search. Expand your network. Conduct market research. Collect insights from first accounts (via information interviews). Stop Waiting, start doing.

3. Going it alone.

✔ Instead: Partner with a career professional to lessen your time in the market and start income flowing.

4. Reacting, last minute, to job openings. Stop sliding your application in at the due date.

✔ Instead: Plan NOW! Produce a polished resume and application that’s ready when the job OPENS!

5. DIYing your resume from a template. Canva has pretty templates but they lack substance.

✔ Instead: Invest in a course or a professional who can help you demonstrate you’re worth hiring.

6. Winging the interview.

✔ Instead: Prepare and plan stories that demonstrate you’ll make a great addition to the team. Persuade people you’re the best candidate for the job and prove it with examples.

7. Ignoring self-care. When you’re worn down, beat up and bruised – it makes your job search harder.

✔ Instead: Invest in wellness. You’re the product. It’s in your best interest to take care of the product you’re marketing and selling. 😊

Leave these ineffective job search practices out in the cold and land the job you want in 2024!

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About The Author
Maureen McCann is an award-winning career coach, master resume writer, and master certified interview, employment, and career strategist whose clients include C-level executives, managers, and professionals in all industries including the Canadian banking, oil and gas, healthcare, IT, and government sectors.

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