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HOW TO AVOID THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE NEW JOBSEEKERS’ MAKE

HOW TO AVOID THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE NEW JOBSEEKERS’ MAKE

25 Jul 15:00 by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

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When it comes to looking for a job many people start the wrong way.  The first thing they do is start looking frantically through vacancy after vacancy in an unfocussed way. That's fine when you are initially checking out a job site - and on Cross Deck we have thousands of jobs and courses as well. But once you have decided to use the site (https://www.cross-deck.co.uk/register) this scattershot approach to job finding will actually make it less likely that you'll get a job.

Trawling through hundreds of vacancies with no real focus will soon demoralise you because by the law of averages, many vacancies will require skills you don't have  - and that can be depressing. It's easy to get despondent and imagine there are no jobs out there for you. Meanwhile the vacancies that do suit your skills and experience are there all the time - you just have not found them.

The answer? Start by focusing on yourself, not the vacancies. In order to match your skills and experience to those mentioned in vacancies you must assess yourself first. Here's a simple trick to help:

Divide a blank sheet of paper into four. Head one quarter 'Good At', another 'Bad At', the third 'Like' and the fourth 'Don’t Like'.

Now fill in each section based on what you have learnt about yourself from your forces experience. For instance, you might have good technical skills but know you are poor at training others. You might like physical exercise but hate form filling or making presentations.

Using this, plus a list of your qualifications and experience, you can rule out vacancies that you either won't like or don’t suit your skills. That saves trawling through thousands of unsuitable vacancies.

You can focus on those jobs that do suit you so you'll be more likely to get them. Of course that means concentrating on job descriptions so read the vacancies carefully to ensure they match up to your profile.

As you know, the secret of hitting your target is careful aim.

Until next time,

Dixie Dean.