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10 Job Search Mistakes to Avoid: Solutions Included (Part II)

Прочети на Български ==> Read in English (US)

In my previous post, I discussed some of the most common mistakes people make when they start their remote work search.

In this article, I will continue with the list and provide information that will save you time and guide you to the right approach when looking for a work-from-home opportunity.

I've seen many people give up on their efforts simply because they encountered an obstacle at some point.

Challenges in job hunting test our determination of the chosen path. Are you entirely sure you want to work from home?

Or do you think about being a freelancer but have yet to be serious about it? Tell yourself what you want to do, and please be honest. A firm decision to work online will let you overcome all challenges as a winner.

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Here are the second five common mistakes:

6. No Job is Good Enough

Imagine you start searching for a job but decide on a criteria that fits your standards. It's your right to have your preferences about how a dream job should look like.

However, asking for too much creates two situations:

        ✔ Does anybody offer such a job?

        ✔ Does your dream job exist in reality?

Narrowing down your options too much can leave you with no options. One employer will not pay enough, another will lack the communication you want, and the third will have too strict rules.

No Job Is Good Enough: Solution

If you find very few jobs to apply for after researching the available offers, decide on slightly looser criteria. If that will broaden your selection, you can allow your job to have some of the less critical characteristics you dislike.

Be bold and accept options that differ very little from the desired position. Or do something even better - create your online business and work on your terms.

7. Focus on the Challenge

When you start looking for a remote job, where is your focus? Do you think about the incredible life you will create for yourself and your family, or see the process as tedious and discouraging?

Applying for remote work is no different than any other offline job you may find. It takes several or many applications before you land a decent offer.

If you concentrate on the processes that slow you down in achieving your dreams, the job hunt can quickly become dull. On the contrary, if you see every new job you come across as a step further on your path, it will bring excitement and fulfillment.

Focus on the Challenge: Issue Solved

Shift your focus to your achievements in job searching. It doesn't matter you don't get paid to find a good work position. The important thing is that you are in the right direction in pursuing your goal.

If you find that you talk yourself out of online jobs, switch back to the future reality waiting for you after you've already made your dream come true.

8. Ask Friends Who Work Remotely to Recommend You

In certain situations, getting referred to a company and learning about a job from a friend can be helpful. However, you should not take advantage of the situation and expect that you will be accepted to a job solely due to a recommendation.

Companies look for people who are outstanding in their efforts and work hard for excellent results. The reason for sending a recommendation is to introduce a valuable worker to the job provider. It doesn't guarantee being hired.

Use referring and recommendations to discover companies that otherwise you wouldn't or would take longer. They are a shortcut to knowing a company and exclusive insider information. Don't rely on them, though.

9. Too lazy to apply

Yes, applying for jobs requires effort. You must write your resume, cover letter, and personal details, upload certificates, and check for errors.

Finding work is indeed WORK. It is unpaid as well. No wonder people feel frustrated in this phase, especially if you stay longer into the job transition.

Too Lazy to Apply: How to Solve

The more effort you put in, the quicker the results. Have a look at this example:

Your documents have a lot of typos = Fewer chances of approval = More time in the job-hunting phase
Your documents are error-free = Higher chances of approval = Less time in the job-hunting phase

Time and effort pay off. Show your diligence, and you'll land a great job in no time.

10. Don't See the Point

Working from home requires a lot of new skills. You must fix technical issues that arise locally on your device, build self-discipline to follow the deadlines, and be proactive in finding the information you need in the company's documentation.

You may lose perspective and see this as an "extra" and unnecessary effort in your workday. In an office setting, you can ask your colleagues for help. In remote jobs, you can do that, but online.

Online communication is much slower than the one we have in reality. It's a different world, and everything is virtual and remote.

Don't See the Point: How to Solve

Make sure you are prepared for the new requirements that you will come across. Jobs are different, but remote workers experience similar situations in their daily routines.

Go a step further, and ask for advice from people who work remotely. They can guide you and provide insights about the positives and negatives you will face on this road.

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Job hunting can take days, weeks, months, or years if you search for a super-specific position. The best jobs are reserved for the ones that don't agree to anything less.

Set your goals upfront, and start following them until success. If you want a data-entry job, find relevant positions, write a matching resume, and apply.

Every step will get you closer, and the more time you put into discovering this new world of remote jobs, the easier it will become. Until one day, you will look back and say:

It was all worth it!


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