Searching while Unprepared

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Finally the ultimate no-no. If there was ever a career habit to break, it is this one.

5. Seeking jobs instead of building a career path

Kudos to you for firing off resumes one right after another. Have you stopped to think about what it is you actually want to do?

I know; you want to earn a check so that you can eat. Got it, please know that I do not think that it is a bad goal.

With all due respect to eating, however, be strategic about the positions you are applying for. Are they in your field of choice? Will they help you build a skill set that will serve you in the long run? Will the position help you make connections that will assist you in moving to the next level? Do you have a career path in mind or are you diving in head first and deciding to think about it later? Please don’t let the answer to that question be “yes”.

Think about this way, you typically decide where you are trying to go before you start your car. My car will not even allow me to set my navigation system when the car is in motion.

If my car is smart enough to know that there should be a plan for how we are getting to our destination before we take off, shouldn’t you be that smart? I know you are as savvy as my Hyundai.

Do some goal setting and develop at least a one to two-year plan and make sure that the positions you are applying for support your goals.

This is not a habit you need to break because it is out of date or simply annoying; proceeding with an unfocused job search is a waste of time. Successfully getting hired for a series of jobs does not build a career path.

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