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4 Job Search Pitfalls That a Dashboard App Can Eliminate

4 Job Search Pitfalls That a Dashboard App Can Eliminate

If you are reading this, chances are you recognize the need for a fresh approach in your job search. Or, you are unfamiliar with what a job search dashboard application is and how it will help your cause. Whichever the case may be, considering a dashboard application will serve to simplify the process and turn a positive corner on your search.

Whether you are heading out on your first major job search or you haven’t been on the search for quite some time, it can be all too easy to dive right in without a focused plan of action. A dashboard application can help centralize your search, materials, and information. More importantly, it can help eradicate some common mistakes and behaviors that stand to inhibit a job search before it even starts.

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1. You don’t tailor your materials to the position.

As a committee member on many open searches, I’ve witnessed far too many generic resumes and cover letters or, even worse, those which were clearly written for a different position. Many job search engines allow you to upload resumes to be made massively available to employers. Dashboard applications, like the recently released JobHero, allow you to upload materials respective to the position you have created or saved rather than just posting a more generic resume, cover letter, etc. If you are applying to a high volume of positions, the presence of this feature alone can serve as a prompt to take this imperative step. With the Sidekick extension for Chrome, you can also save job listings found online to that same central dashboard.

2. You find yourself missing deadlines or forgetting to follow up.

When your job search lacks focus and organization, you lend yourself to an increased likelihood that a deadline will be missed. Even if organizations will accept late materials, falling into this group already puts you at a disadvantage. More importantly, being the candidate that diligently and politely follows up can make you stand out to hiring managers. By creating an account on Indeed, for example, you are able to save jobs and file them under categories of applied, interviewing, offered, and hired to help keep your search organized. Some dashboard applications let you prescribe yourself due dates and deadlines, keeping you aware and accountable for what you need to do next.

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3. You can’t remember where you’ve saved your work.

Was that resume on your flash drive? Your PC? At work? In your email? In a day and age where you may be working on countless different devices, from several locations over the course of the day, it becomes difficult to track down application materials you may have been working on. Regardless of the application used, a central location dedicated specifically to your job search becomes imperative for organizational success.

4. You are behind the curve when it comes to current trends.

Are you still using the phrase “references available upon request”? If you are embarking on your first job search, spending part of each day reading articles related to resume and interview technique may save you from common pitfalls in today’s competitive job market. If you are going through the process for the first time in several years, you should also be mindful of the possibility that the trends that were prominent your last time around are no longer relevant. Blogs on sites like JobHero, TheMuse, CareerBuilder, Monster, and Lifehack feature relevant, fresh, and detailed information on how to navigate the modern job search. Be diligent in your research of what to do and how to do it.

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As with anything new, the extra investment of time can seem like a hassle. Employment of applications such as job search dashboards, however, can bring organization and efficiency to a previously chaotic approach, and ultimately lead to employment of your own!

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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