No matter the level of career, most job searches are challenging and frustrating, but mid-level job seekers face a unique set of difficulties.  In addition to having more experience than entry-level job seekers and competition from other mid-management job seekers, they also face the task of communicating their value and what sets them apart. Here are five common mistakes job seekers  at the mid-management level make that can cost them the job they want.

Not having a clear idea of your next move.

Imagine wanting to go see the ocean, getting into your car and driving without a clear map to your destination. Having a clear idea of where you want to go and the steps you needs to take before you move forward is critical to job search success. Failing to have a plan will delay your arrival to your destination.

Create your roadmap by putting together a list of companies you are interested in working for and then invest time in researching how your experience and qualifications will help them overcome the challenges they are facing.

A resume that doesn’t articulate the value they bring to an organization.

One of the most common mistakes mid-management job seekers make is not taking the time to articulate their value to potential employers. When recruiters and decision-makers are looking at resumes, they’re looking for hard evidence of what an applicant can do for their company. If a mid-level job seeker’s resume doesn’t provide concrete examples of their accomplishments, they’re likely to move on to the next candidate.

A resume that focuses on tasks + responsibilities rather than accomplishments.

Many mid-management job seekers make the mistake of using job descriptions and listing responsibilities on their resume when they should be focusing on how they’ve made an impact on operations, revenue, employee engagement, cost savings.

Applying for jobs that are a poor fit.

Another mistake many mid-management job seekers make is applying for jobs that are a poor fit for their skills and experience. While it’s important to be open to new opportunities, applying for positions that are significantly below your level or in a completely different field is a waste of time and energy. Stick to positions that are a good match for your qualifications and you’ll be more likely to land an interview.

Neglecting their network.

Your professional network is one of your most valuable resources when searching for a new opportunity. Mid-management job seekers often make the mistake of neglecting their network or only reaching out when they need something, which can lead to burnt bridges and lost connections. Make it a point to keep in touch with your network regularly, even when you’re not actively looking for a new position. You never know when someone might have a lead on the perfect opportunity for you!

In truth, your resume isn’t about you but rather it is about conveying that you are knowledgeable about your target company’s needs and proving you have the skills and experience to help them move forward. If you avoid these common mistakes, you’ll be well on your way to landing the perfect mid-level position!

While searching for a new position can be challenging, following these tips will help you avoid common mistakes that could cost you the job you want. Articulate your value, focus your search, network regularly, and prove you candidacy by doing your research ahead of time and aligning your portfolio of experience with industry needs / company challenges. By taking these steps, you’ll put yourself in a much better position to land the perfect role!

If you’re feeling stuck and don’t know where to start, or if you want help putting your plan into action, I’m here for you. With more than 20 years of experience helping mid- and senior-level professionals just like you make a great first impression, we can guide you through the process of creating an amazing resume that will open doors for you. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help!