SOURCE: Power Connections

January 26, 2010 18:52 ET

How Even Smart People Sabotage Their Job Search

"Eight Mistakes to Avoid" From Susan Howington of Power Connections

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - January 26, 2010) - While the ultimate measure of success in a job search process is whether or not you land a job, equally important is what you learn about yourself and others along the way. In her nearly 20 years of working with executives in transition, Susan Howington, CEO and President of Power Connections, Inc. has seen and heard a lot. Here, she shares "Eight Mistakes to Avoid" that even smart people unknowingly do and that work against them in their job search.

1: Forgetting the Importance of First Impressions

Just because you're an accomplished executive, doesn't mean you don't have to worry about how you present yourself in person. Dress nicely to look credible.

2: Making It Hard for Others to Help

When you're networking with others to find work, don't ever come across as too picky or over-communicate what you're looking for.

3: Communicating in an "Executive Tone"

If you're like many executives, you value forthright communication and sometimes use this same blunt, commanding style with your network. Lighten up your style.

4: Building a Network that Looks Like You

Just as diversity in the workforce is important to the growth of a business, diversity of our network is also important. Never pass up the opportunity to meet new people.

5: Changing Your Speech

An elevator speech that you enjoy giving is from the heart. When you take the time to craft it, stick with it. If you change your speech every time you give it, people won't understand you.

6: Expecting Help at No Cost

People don't have to extend themselves for you during our job search, but they do. Be sure to show your appreciation for any help they lend -- with something as simple as a cup of coffee.

7: Failing to Give Attention to a Less Than Perfect Reputation

Some of you may not be well liked in your industry or by former employees. Get out and network as much as you can and help as many people as possible. Word will spread that you are not such a bad person.

8: Underestimating the Power of a Third-Party

Gain credibility with a respected third-party party endorsement. It is always far better and more effective to have someone else talk about how wonderful you are.

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