How Job Search Does Not Work: 10 tips on how to do it better

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Hundreds of applications written, but despite experience and good credentials always rejected cancellations? This does not necessarily have to be due to one's own performance: Many applicants simply expect too much - eg that they are simply hired, even though nobody knows them ...

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Instant success does not exist


Success is often seen as a matter of the will - whoever only believes in firmness will succeed. This also means that you have high goals - because how should be successful, if you do not even have it in sight?

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Even if I am not a friend of esoteric NLP logic, according to the motto "You only have to believe in yourself, then that will be something with the success" - there is something true: Who does not do anything, it does not even try - and then there will never be anything with the big goals.

However, what is gladly forgotten: good intentions alone is not enough - you also have to do something to make it work. For example, before the Casting Obtain information, build contacts, etc. For this one needs a lot of patience. Nevertheless, many job seekers expect instant success.

Count networking instead of rejection


"Again!" Miram thinks as she fetched her returned application documents from the mailbox. This is not the first time Miriam has stopped counting the cancellations. However, Sylvia is not a blank slate: vocational training and studies, management tasks, first-class assessments in the work certificate. Unfortunately, your last employer has to file for bankruptcy.

But what Sylvia does not have is a big network. She simply lacks people to alert them to vacancies or recommend them to potential employers. The need did not look Miriam, after all, she had a good job and was indeed paid for good performance - not for contacts. And now she's just unlucky.

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Not just bad luck


It's not that easy with bad luck, like career coach and Best of HR –®-Author Svenja Hofert explains: "You can still be so good in your job - anyone who fails to trigger recommendations will certainly fail." According to a study by IBM, only 10 percent of the job depends on their own performance , 30 percent are image - and whole 60 percent are due to the name recognition.

Hofert has written numerous books about new forms of application. She states: "Before one can expect something from others, one must have established oneself positively with those. But many job seekers have a false expectation. Everything works immediately, all efforts must pay off quickly. Instant success, so to speak. But who wants to make a name, often takes many years. "

Just not a talker


However, as the author admits, networking without corresponding performance is just as unsuccessful in the long run: "People who are just good are not perceived. Conversely, if you have only good contacts, you may be recommended at first, but not later when the bad services get around. Both factors play together. "

How does the career expert consider it with the recommendations? "My principle, which is followed by most of my colleagues: I either recommend what I know and appreciate or what others in my network recommend. I have to know someone myself or get an impression of others. "

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10 tips on how to do it better


Now I've written about what classic candidate mistakes are and how not to do it when looking for a job. Now it's time to write about how it works. Quite simply with networking! 10 tips here at a glance:

  • The own environment: Start networking with business partners, customers, colleagues, friends and acquaintances. And even if you are looking for a job: Always keep your eyes open in your own environment.
  • Attend targeted events: Inquire about relevant networking events - for example, there are round tables of professional associations or in Xing and Facebook groups.
  • Keep old contacts: Maintain and maintain good contacts, be it from the internship or an old job. Collect contacts in a spreadsheet or electronic address book.
  • Contacts in social networks: Even more effective are social networks: Here you can stay in touch, link up and stay up-to-date on all changes!
  • Do something for others! Do not consider what others can do for you, but what you can do for others.
  • Just say what you want! If you want something from others, say that directly. Even if a casual request seems to be more polite - to others it has exactly the opposite effect!
  • Engage yourself! Engage in politics, in associations or clubs - so you can show others what you can and make interesting contacts.
  • Make yourself noticed on the internet: An eigender blog and targeted, well-founded comments on sites such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. offer good opportunities to attract attention.
  • There are no good or bad contacts: Sure, some contacts are more important to you than others. But you never know who will be interesting for you later - you often experience surprises.
  • Only patience: Building a network takes time - often many years. Do not expect everything to go right away!

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