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If you’ve been on a job search for several months, you may very well be starting to feel deflated and downright desperate. But regardless of how you may feel throughout the process, you should never let feelings of exhaustion or inadequacy get in the way of finding your next job. Whether you know it or not, you may be sending signals to your recruiter that could make you appear desperate and even worse, incompetent. Here are some job search moves to completely avoid:

Considering Any Job Opportunity that Comes Your Way

This is a trademark signal of a desperate candidate, as considering every job opportunity you come across will not be in your best interest in the long haul. Applying for several jobs that aren’t truly a fit for you or your skill set can result in a poor hiring match for you and the company. You’re far better off only applying to jobs that are of genuine interest to you and align with your qualifications. You’ll end up saving yourself (and employers) a lot of aggravation!

Having No Job Criteria

Telling your recruiter that you’re willing to start at the bottom, take the lowest pay rate and work any schedule asked of you – even before you’re asked for this information, will surely make you look like a needy candidate. Before even applying to a job or going on an interview, you should have a general idea as to what type of work conditions and salary you’d expect. Having some standards for yourself will result in better job search outcomes and will surprisingly make you a more appealing candidate in the eyes of employers.

Being Overly Eager or Pushy

Effectively working with a recruiter requires time, patience and cooperation. It’s common for job-seekers to act aggressively with their recruiters, rather than just letting them do their jobs. When your recruiter presents you with potential job opportunities, your best course of action is to take a deep breath and evaluate each position. You can then make rational, informed decisions about what jobs to apply for.

Even when times are tough, you have nothing to gain by acting desperate to a recruiter or an employer for that matter. Avoiding the behaviors above will help you regain your confidence and embark on a more meaningful job search.

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