Finding a Job

Don't Waste Time in Your Job Search

Yes you need a job. But you don't want to end up stuck in a job that you absolutely dread. So,don’t sell yourself short. Stop wasting time applying to these positions that aren’t going to result in a job you enjoy (or a job at all), and put your time and effort into finding a career you love.

Stop applying to every job listing you stumble upon, and start focusing on finding the positions that make you excited to get back into the game.

first off, you have to learn how to filter out  If you’re not sure exactly what to avoid, the job listings that just aren’t worth your are some tips.

1. It Seems a Little Fishy

If you find a job listing that doesn’t mention a specific company name, legitimate website, or any contact information besides an encrypted email address—well, that’s a red flag.

Avoid scam's. While it’s possible to land a legitimate job on Craigslist, a large number of job listings aren’t trustworthy—so it’s important to sniff out which aren’t worth your time. If you can’t research the company (i.e., the listing doesn’t include a website or even a company name) or you’re asked for personal information like a Social Security or driver’s license number—back away.

2. You Don’t Meet the Qualifications—Not even close

Beginning your job hunt with an ideal position in mind is a good start—as long as it’s within your range of skills and experience. You may want to apply for the senior-level management position that requires 10 years of experience, but if you only have three years under your belt, you won’t stand a chance next to more qualified candidates.

Of course, if you’re only short the required experience by a small margin, go for it. But if you are missing key skills or several years of experience, it’s best to spend your time either applying for a job that would be a stepping stone to your ideal position, or working to gain the skills that will help you meet those qualifications.

3. You’re Not Willing to Meet the Requirements

Regardless of how appealing the job seems, keep an eye out for other requirements. Will you have to relocate? (And would you have to pay for the move yourself?) Work nights and weekends? Commute farther than you’d like? Settle for a lower salary than you expected?

Sometimes, in the heat of the job-applying moment, you can convince yourself that that these types of requirements aren’t deal breakers, as long as you finally have a job. But imagine that the company offers you the job right now. Are you really willing to make that kind of sacrifice? If not, don't waste the time for the company and for yourself -move on.

4. You Have to Convince Yourself You Want the Job

Mabe you decided that you didn't want a career involving customer service. But, then you see a job that lists “provide customer service in person and over the phone” as part of the description. You convince youself that as long as all the other important factors (salary, benefits, fun co-workers) are there, you'll be OK with the role.  Guarenteed a year down the line these initial objections will rear their head again.

Of course, all jobs are going to require you to do things you don’t love (especially if you’re using a position as a stepping stone to something better), but: If you read a job description and have to convince yourself that only under the perfect circumstances could you potentially learn to tolerate the main responsibilities of the job—it’s not worth it.

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