• Thursday, June 13th, 2013


Most employed people probably think there is little, if any, reason they should be thinking about finding another job. Actually, nothing can be further from the truth. With companies struggling to ride the troubling economy wave, no one is truly “safe” in this job market, and that includes those who are already employed.

Based on years of experience in the recruiting field and talking to thousands of employed and unemployed individuals, here are the “Top 10” trending mistakes that are found to be made by most employed people:

1) Not realizing that the best time to find your next job is while you still have a job.

Everyone is happy that the economy is turning around and that more jobs are on the market. What some people fail to think of is the number of people competing for these openings. One can safely assume that over the last few years, the number of people competing for job opportunities have doubled. Both employed and unemployed people are competing over the same job opportunities, the only difference is that, in this case, employed individuals have an advantage over the unemployed.

2) Believing that a company will be loyal to you. 

Companies have and always will do what is best for the company. If the budget is tight and it makes sense to eliminate your position? You bet that position will be eliminated, regardless of how close you are to the decision makers.

3) Not keeping an updated resume handy.

The best time to update your resume is now. Don’t wait until you are actively searching or unemployed to start working on your resume. When you are employed, everything is fresh in your mind, your resume will be more accurate. Also, you have all the time you need to have the best resume that represents your skill.

While employed, you are also able to invest in yourself in hiring a professional resume writer who specializes in resumes and can guide you to have an excellent product that serves as your first impression with potential employers.

4) Not creating (and updating) your LinkedIn profile.

These days, your LinkedIn profile is as important as your resume. While employed, take the time to build a reputable LinkedIn profile and connect with the people you know. Request recommendations from colleagues and managers.

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If you are NOT sure how to build a good LinkedIn profile or how to use LinkedIn, let us know. Our Professional Resume Writer also builds LinkedIn profiles for our clients. We can help you.

5) Failing to align yourself with an excellent recruiter within your niche.

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6) Failing to stay involved within your industry or professional specialty.

The more contacts you have within your industry or profession, the better. These contacts can literally spell the difference between quickly “landing on your feet” following a job loss or not.

7) Failing to develop (and keep updated) your personal marketing portfolio.

This portfolio should contain the “highlights” of your professional accomplishments, e.g., promotions, contributions to current or past employers, awards received, professional organizations that you’re associated with or have made contributions to and so forth. 

8) Failing to ensure that you can be easily found.

For example, making sure that your personal and professional contact information (home and business telephone numbers, cell phone numbers, email addresses) is current and constantly monitored.

9) Failing to learn how to network properly and then participating in appropriate networks on a continual basis.

Remember, the time to begin networking is not right after losing a job. It should be an ongoing process—whether or not you are satisfied with your current position.

10) If offered a new position with another company, you even think about entertaining any “counter offer” your current employer may offer you.

To do so usually is tantamount to “career suicide.” Why? From the moment you submit your resignation you will forever be considered to be “disloyal” to your current employer, a “traitor.” While the company may appear to be “buying” your continued services with their counter offer, in fact, all they really are doing is buying “time” until they ultimately can replace you with someone who is more “loyal” to the company.

If you are currently employed, how many of these “mistakes” are you making?

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