If you’re here with me today, it’s likely you were referred to us by one of our workforce development partners because you were recently laid-off or fired from a job and need to quickly transition back into the workforce. However, BEFORE you start the job hunt, I wanted to share with you mistakes you need to AVOID, so you don’t end up with a high risk job and find yourself back in the unemployment line again, and again and again.
If this is you, you’re exactly where you need to be.
There are many too many to create an exhaustive list, so I’m going to share The Top 3 Mistakes you need to AVOID when you’re Looking for a Job in today’s job market.
These mistakes will just about guarantee that you’ll spend your career transitioning from one low-paying job to another.
Mistake to Avoid #1
Okay…So. The first mistake you need to AVOID is Applying to Online Job Boards if you don’t have a college degree.
You see, 84% of the jobs posted via online job boards do NOT pay enough to meet the standard cost of living. They are dead-end jobs, with no room for advancement. This is based on a study released from Indeed.com, the worlds largest online job board.
84% of these jobs are also considered High Risk, which means that you have a 46% of getting Laid-Off due to outsourcing or automation.
The remaining 16% of the jobs posted online, which are considered “Good Jobs” require a college degree or specialized training (like a 2-Years Nursing Certification) with extensive experience.Not just any degree or specialized training. The “Good Jobs” are limited to only 5 fields:
- Computer Science
- Architectural & Electrical Engineering
- Business & Finance
If you don’t have a College degree in one of these 5 industries, don’t make the mistake of applying to online job boards.
Mistake to Avoid #2
The next mistake to AVOID is to submit the same resume to every job posting you can find. You would “think” that it would be a good strategy to blanket the job boards with your resume. You’re just casting a wide net right?
Well this strategy doesn’t work.
95% of the Resumes submitted are NEVER seen by a Hiring Manager.
Because It’s easier than ever to submit an application online. Companies receive hundreds and sometimes thousands of applications for EVERY job they post. Many of the submissions are from people who are unqualified that are just submitting their resume to as many companies as possible.
As I said, this strategy doesn’t work.
To save time, companies use applicant tracking systems to find the applicants with the exact set of skills, experience and education needed for the job.
These systems scan each resume for specific keywords to match them against the job posting requirements and ranks each of the candidates.
So…when you apply for a job you need to:
- Carefully tailor your resume for EACH job you apply to.
- Directly address qualifications found in the job description.
- Increasing searchability by adding resume keywords based on the job description.
- Focus on the most impactful information in your work experience section.
- Format your resume so that the company’s Applicant Tracking System can accurately scan it. Taking the time to work on the look of your resume is a waste of time. Robots can’t appreciate it.
So If you don’t have the right skills, experience or education required for the job don’t bother applying. If you do, take time to customize your resume for each job you apply for.
Mistake #3 to Avoid
So the last mistake is probably to hardest one to avoid.
When you get Laid-Off or Fired, it’s extremely tempting to take ANY job you can get to start getting a paycheck. Especially after months of applying to online job boards and submitting your resume to hundreds of companies.
Your bills keep rolling in and you have to dip into your savings just to survive. You get desperate. So you take ANY job you can get. I get it
But taking ANY job will practically guarantee that you’ll land a low paying job, with no room for advancement. High-Risk jobs where you end up living in constant fear of getting laid-off. Jobs that you are miserable in.
Michelle Huo is the Founder of Wando International a 501c3 non-profit organization that empowers vulnerable women around the world by equipping them with in-demand skills to lift themselves out of poverty so they can focus on what really matters…like family.