4 Bad Job Search Habits

July 2, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Everyone has a bad habit or two that they work hard to kick. These are usually minor annoyances — like biting your nails or fidgeting — but when it comes to your job search, bad habits can lead to poor results.

One of the worst habits that job seekers sometimes fall into is letting their negativity get the best of them. There’s no question that finding a job in this economy is difficult and after a number of rejections it can be easy to fall into a rut. What you might not know is that these negative thoughts can come across in your body language or writing. For example, if you start a job application with the thought that you will never get hired, you might write a less enthusiastic cover letter than you normally would.

Here are three other bad habits you will need to curtail if you are to have success finding a job:

  • Not Preparing for an Interview: You will be in for a rude awakening if you think you can just wing it during a job interview. You need to come across as confident and polished to impress an employer, and it is likely that neither of those traits will come across if you don’t practice.
  • Being Too Informal: We live in a society where almost every word can be made into some kind of abbreviation. While this is fine when talking with your friends, it’s the wrong approach when communicating with employers. Make sure that you begin every e-mail to hiring managers with a professional salutation and avoid using any slang words or abbreviations.
  • Arrogance: It’s good to exude confidence when dealing with employer, but you also have to be careful not to come across as arrogant or entitled. How can you be sure you are not crossing this thin line? One example could be if you take credit for everything in all of your work anecdotes. When discussing your professional accomplishments, make sure to point out how you and your team helped get things done.