How to Find a Job You Love by Avoiding 3 Job-Hunting Mistakes

We asked Michelle Ward, featured Mommikin and When I Grow Up Coach, what are the three most common job hunting mistakes that can stump you on how to find a job you love. And better yet, how to avoid them yourself! Here is her advice:

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Mistake 1: Just applying online.

Stop it. If you’re really focused on how to find a job you love — when applying, reach out to the people you know and could/ would vouch for you, and let them know you’re looking. Something like 85% of open jobs don’t even make it online — instead, they’re filled by people in the organization who bring in people they know. Be one of those people.

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Mistake 2: Being afraid to be specific about what you want.

Depending on your desperation level, you might be tempted to say to your network, “I’ll take anything!” But “I’ll take anything!” won’t ring any bells for the other person. Something like “I want to use my relationship-building skills to work at a start-up that needs a customer service superstar” will be able to spark the connection between you and whoever-that-person-might-know.

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Mistake 3: Hiding your outside interests!

Have a blog, or a side business, or a talent that you think isn’t relevant? No need to keep it a secret! Amp up the skills you learned from it and how it could apply to the job you’re seeking — and be secure in the fact that showing yourself as a real, multi-faceted person will only work in your favor at the right company.

So there you have it — use your network, it might seem odd to ask at first but it’s so much more effective than having your resume piled onto a heap of other ones to be ignored. Be specific on what types of jobs you’re looking for. Read our How to Craft an Elevator Pitch for tips on how to articulate what you do. And finally don’t be afraid to show off the skills you’ve learned from your side projects and outside interests!

To read more on Michelle Ward read the interview A Career Coach on How You Can Find Your Dream Job.

Michelle Ward

Michelle Ward (CPC, PCC) has 1 question for you: What do you want to be when you grow up? She’s answered that question for herself, and today she helps women transition out of soul-sucking jobs and into work that feels like play.

You may have seen or heard her on The Huffington Post, Etsy, AOL Jobs, Newsweek, SXSW, Freelancers Union, Psychology Today, the Forbes Top 100 Websites for your Career list or 100+ other media outlets. She’s the co-author of The Declaration of You!, which was published by North Light Books, and the teacher of the 2nd highest-viewed course on CreativeLive’s Craft & Makers channel, Create Your Dream Career. Or sign up for her free webinar, How to Discover Your Meaningful Biz (in 5 Easy Steps).