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5 Biggest Job Search Headaches

Oct 21 , 2019

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Job searching is definitely not most people's definition of a good time. But you can face the job search headaches on this list head-on and learn to take as much of the pain out of them as possible with these tips.

1. Stuffed job descriptions.

A job description with more than 5 skills listed as equal requirements can't possibly yield candidates that meet everything the position is asking in equal fashion. It's smart to focus on succinct job descriptions that keep requirements limited and tight. If the hiring team doesn't really know what they want in a candidate or has a multitude of expectations, other aspects of the job are likely to be off as well. 

2. Canned resumes.

It may seem better to pay an "expert" to write your resume for you, but most of these services do not yield a resume that's any better than one you could write yourself. Sure, it may hit all the keywords common in your field. But what happens when you need to tailor it to a number of jobs with different requirements? 

You may get better results by asking a colleague or mentor you respect to help you craft a resume that reflects your uniqueness.

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3. Endless interviews. 

A never-ending parade of interviews can happen with almost any job. And there's nothing worse than doing three or four rounds of interviews and then learning that the hiring team decided to go a different direction.

There isn't much you can do about how many interviews a company decides to schedule. But focusing on companies that trumpet their candidate experience can cut down on unnecessary interviews and lead to an overall more pleasant job searching experience.

4. Lowball offers.

You finally make it through the interview process, only to get an offer you couldn't possibly afford to take (and isn't fair for your level of education and experience). Keep in mind that many recruiters expect candidates to negotiate a higher salary than what they are offered.

Counter a low offer with one slightly higher than you think you could live with if you are interested in taking the job. If not, a lowball offer makes your decision even easier. 

5. Networking. 

Networking is a headache because it takes so much time and isn't guaranteed to yield anything. Before you sign up for the next expensive, tiresome networking event, try using your everyday activities to network.

Talk to people at church, in the grocery store, or on social media about your job search. It's easier to network at industry conferences you already plan to attend than by going to another rubber-chicken dinner event where you might meet a hiring manager looking for someone with your skills. 

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