With college graduation season winding down, many recent graduates are now devoting their full attention to the quest for employment. Michael Hageloh, a former Apple executive now involved with students at the University of South Florida, notes that it is important to address the job search smartly and strategically—and to avoid pitfalls both well-known and more insidious or discreet. In a new statement to the press, Hageloh lists some of the less obvious job search pitfalls—and illustrates how recent graduates and current job seekers might avoid them.
“There is a great deal of job search advice out there, but much of it is rooted in common sense—which means it is fairly obvious, even to the job search novice,” Michael Hageloh explains, in his statement to the press. “Everybody knows you should wear nice shoes for your interview, and anyone with Web access knows the importance of a good LinkedIn page—but what about some of the less obvious job search blunders, ones that applicants might be making without even realizing it?”
A recent article from The Huffington Post lists a few, and Hageloh says they are ideas worth entertaining. The first error listed in the article is “not self reflecting to discover your passions and skills.” Offers Hageloh, “Self-appraisal is important. If you don’t know where your strengths and weaknesses lie, your confidences and your anxieties, then you may cast too wide a net for jobs—not focusing on things you would really enjoy and succeed in, and therefore decreasing your chances of landing any position at all.”
The Huffington Post lists another lesser-known career blunder—“creating a resume that doesn’t reflect your target job.” Notes Hageloh, “It’s easy to draft a resume that emphasizes the achievements you believe to be most significant—but are they the most appropriate achievements for the job you’re actually applying for?”
Another costly error, noted in The Huffington Post, is “assuming the candidate selection and evaluation process is perfectly effective.” Michael Hageloh says, “Some young people assume that the hiring process will naturally highlight their skills and ultimately lead them to the right position—but that’s just not true. You may be the best candidate for a given job, but the only way to land the gig is to actually sell yourself in a meaningful and powerful way.”
More information about Michael Hageloh is available at his personal website, www.hageloh.com.
Serving as director of special projects focused on the sales education initiative at the University of South Florida, Michael Hageloh is a proven sales executive with more than 20 years of experience.
Much of that experience is with Apple Inc., where he began in the company’s education division in 1988. Hageloh moved into a crucial role within Apple’s sales organization. In that role, he developed a vertical education selling strategy and forged relationships with thought leaders, policymakers, and other influencers in the education and technology spheres. He also acquired experience in a key academic sales role at Adobe, where he facilitated, along with French banking and financial services firm Société Générale, a unique single licensing transaction valued at $11.7 million. Overall, Hageloh delivered close to a billion dollars in revenue during the course of his career.
Hageloh is the creator of the Rhythm-Selling System. He’s a high-spirited author, a beat-ahead thinker, and a charismatic authentic talker. Hageloh can be contacted online via his website, www.hageloh.com, his Facebook page, and on Twitter.