Searching for a job using outdated tactics can make the job hunting process an uphill battle. Job search methods have changed dramatically, especially in the last few years. With social media, applicant tracking systems and search engines playing a crucial role in recruitment, it is essential for you to update your job search methods. This will increase your chances of getting a job and open up new networking opportunities.
You Are Overprotective of Your Privacy
When you search Google for your name, what results do you see? If nothing comes up or the results show other people, you may think that you are doing the right thing by protecting your privacy. In reality, you are actually hurting your prospects of being hired. If employers are unable to find any information about you on the Internet, they may view that as a sign that you don’t know how to use the Internet to search for a job.
Nearly 80 percent of employers use search engines to check out their applicants. If they cannot find you when they search, they will automatically assume that you do not understand how the modern business world works.
You Don’t Have an Online Presence
In today’s world, all job seekers need to have a LinkedIn profile or a Google Plus account. If a potential employer searches for your name and they find something negative (even if that negative information is not about you), they may turn you away unless they can find positive “social proof” of the real you.
Completing a LinkedIn profile allows you to take control of your online presence and demonstrates your skills. It serves as social proof of the real you and the resume you submitted. Aside from LinkedIn, you may want to start making use of Twitter as well.
You Use the Same Resume for Every Job
Many job seekers fall into the habit of submitting the same resume to every employer. In today’s job market, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all resume. You need to tailor your work history, your skills and your accomplishments to the needs of the employer. By matching your resume to the job posting’s description, you demonstrate your interest in the position you are applying for.
You Don’t Research the Company
Employers take the time to research potential candidates, and you should do the same with potential employers. At one time, it was acceptable to know the basics about an employer when going in for an interview.
In the modern world, you must conduct extensive research about the company. It’s not uncommon for hiring managers to ask candidates what they know about the company. If you don’t have a good answer to this question, you will probably lose the opportunity. Having knowledge about the employer shows that you have a genuine interest in the position and working for that particular company.
You Don’t Use the Internet to Network with Others
Employers are more likely to hire a candidate that they know, or someone that one of their employees know. If you are not using the Internet to network and reconnect with old colleagues and friends, you are missing out on potential employment opportunities.