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Mistakes To Avoid When Job Hunting

From CBS Interactive

There are some common mistakes that everyone makes when they are job hunting and they include:

  • Not recognizing their feelings. Losing a job creates a great deal of stress. Aside from the obvious effects on your financial security, there are feelings of low self-esteem and depression to deal with. Don't ignore the feelings. Accept them and get on with the business of getting a new job.
  • Don't make just getting a job your only goal. Set up smaller incremental goals. Instead of "I will get a job in my field this year," try "I will send out five resumes this week." Instead of "I will have three job interviews this month," try "I will call five people for informational interviews today."
  • Don't apply for every job you're remotely qualified for. That will only increase your chances of getting rejected. Avoid negative people and experiences. If there's someone in your life that drains you emotionally, then avoid them.
  • Do not put yourself in a "settling" state of mind. You didn't ask for it, but being laid off offers you an opportunity to figure out what you're really passionate about. Don't always go for the job you know you can do -- go for the one you want to do.

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