Brian J. O’Connor / The Detroit News
With the national unemployment rate at 10 percent (Dec.’09) U.S. and the state jobless rate at 14.7 percent (Nov.’09) MI, it’s important not to make a job-search mistake, according to Action Management Corp. in Troy and Flint, a global career transition and coaching firm.
“A new technique, or a way of revising one you are currently using, can sometimes mean the difference between getting a phone call or interview, and not hearing anything,” according to Joyce Blazen, President.
Blazen warns job-seekers to avoid these mistakes:
- Not answering the question, “Why should I hire YOU?” in enough detail. In cover letters and personal and telephone interviews, make your strongest case. Thoroughly research each prospective employer and specifically address what value you can add.
- Not “going the extra mile” to stand out from the others. Offer detailed recommendations on how to improve whatever is in your field of expertise–then document them. Send a plan afterward that will showcase what you can do.
- Not knowing what your references will say about you, and not updating them on the outcome. Only use references who can address your most recent and relevant skills and accomplishments, and find out exactly what they will say. Update them on the outcome, successful or not, so they’ll want to help you in the future.