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5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Job Hunting

Job Hunting While Still Employed

​The straw has finally broken the camel’s back. You’ve decided that you need to find a new job. Before you jump directly into job hunting mode, take some time to read these five common mistakes that you should avoid while you look for a new job. Doing so may just save you a lot of time and trouble.
Don’t Gossip and Complain – Talking to coworkers about why you are unhappy may release pressure in the short-term, but in the long-term, there may be serious repercussions. Instead, use that energy to focus on updating your resume, contacting professional acquaintances, and searching through the job postings.

Don’t Threaten to Leave – Everyone is replaceable, even you. Threatening to leave will most likely only result in your supervisor looking for your replacement. Resist the urge to use leaving as a negotiating tactic and focus on what you are looking for in your next position.

Don’t Give Up – Keep doing your job, it is what you’re being paid for. If you stop doing your work, showing up on time, or being a conscientious worker (aka quiet quitting), you will only worsen the situation and bring your employment to an untimely end. Maintaining a positive attitude at work will allow you to be less noticeable in your job hunt and keep positive relationships with your coworkers.

Don’t Make Decisions Based on Emotions – In the heat of a tense meeting or the aftermath of a critique from your supervisor, you may be tempted to make a rash and emotional decision. While your feelings are valid and you should take the time to process them, refrain from making a decision immediately. Hasty decisions are usually not the right ones.

Don’t Quit Without a New Job – It may be tempting to up and quit your job without a new one lined up. Don’t do that. Having gainful employment while looking for a new job will make the process less stressful and not force you to take the first job that is offered. Taking a job because you must, may lead you right back to a job that you are not satisfied with today.

You may not be in love with your job anymore, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take your time while still working to search for a new job or career path. Avoiding these five common mistakes can make your job search much less stressful.

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Mandy Fard is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, CMRW) and Recruiter with decades of experience in assisting job seekers, working directly with employers in multiple industries, and writing proven-effective resumes.
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