The job search process is ever changing and evolving, what worked well for years my now be outdated and not applicable to today’s search. Here are some words of advice that may sound very familiar, but are no longer doing us any favors in our search for a new position.
- ‘Job Hopping is Bad for Your Future Career’. People rarely work for the same company for 30-40 years anymore. Today this type of career can be seen as a negative thing. It might mean that you lack diversity, skill development, and change. It is ok to change jobs every few years, it adds new experience to your resume.
- ‘Don’t Apply Unless You Have 100% of the Qualifications’. Often job descriptions are being written with the experience and characteristics of the whole team in mind. If you have a majority of the required experience, it doesn’t hurt to send your application. If you have ALL of the requirements you might actually even be considered as over qualified for the position.
- ‘Your Resume is the Most Important Job Search Tool’. LinkedIn has become a more useful tool than your resume. Recruiters will see your LinkedIn profile before they see a resume.
- ‘Your Resume Can’t Be More Than One Or Two Pages’. If you have a long career story, and more than two pages worth of relevant experience for the job that you are applying to, it is perfectly fine to have your resume exceed two pages.
- ‘One Version of My Resume is Enough’. “Today, the first pass of your resume is usually handled by artificial intelligence (AI) searching for keywords and phrases to see if your application moves on to human eyes. It is now important to customize your resume for each job to highlight the skills and experience that are in alignment with the specific requirements of the position.”
- ‘Jobs can only be found Online Now’. While it is true that many jobs can be found online it is also important to exclude other avenues. Talking to others in your network and using existing relationships that you have built are also important to do while searching for a position.
- ‘Your Cover Letter Will Seal the Deal’. Including a cover letter is still important to include to show your interest in a position, but focus more on your resume. Your resume should show that you have what it takes to do the job.
- ‘Only Interview for Jobs You Know You Want’. If you have made it to the interviewing stage, but you are unsure if you want that position, it is still a good idea to go on the interview. Talk to the company, see what the position is about. Learn as much as you can, gather data and don’t make a decision before they even offer you a position. Also, a little interview practice might help you for a future position.
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