Outdated Job Search Tips You Might Still Be Using
Thanks to today’s constantly connected society, job search and career advice is readily available with just a few clicks of a button. As is the case with many other industries and trends adapting to the ever-changing world around them, the job search has drastically changed over the years. What worked for your parents or previous generations might not work for you and the job search is no different. While it is true that there is no blueprint for success, we all seek advice, especially when it comes to our careers.
Given that the job search has changed so much and shifted towards the digital age, it is important for all job seekers to stay on top of the trends. Because of this, some advice you have heard about the job hunt has become outdated and might actually be hindering your chances at finding a new opportunity.
“Job Hopping Is Bad for Your Future Career”
I spoke to a recruiter recently who said that if she sees short stints on a resume, she won’t even consider them for a job. However, there is usually a story behind why there are short stints on a resume and being able to explain the reason for each experience and employment gaps goes a long way. Millennials have commonly been criticized for “job hopping,” or leaving one job for another after a short amount of time. This act has been frowned upon because we’ve been told that future employers will perceive this as a lack of loyalty and that you are always looking for the next opportunity. Since the average person changes jobs 10-15 times during his or her career, this is not always a bad thing.
According to Erin Kennedy of Professional Resume Services, Inc., “Gone is the era where you would stay at one company for 35 or 40 years only to retire from there. These days, employers see that as a detriment – you lack diversity, skill development, change, etc. Don’t be afraid to change jobs every few years. It adds new experiences to your resume. Plus, you don’t want to miss out on exciting new opportunities!”
“Your Resume Can’t Be More Than One or Two Pages”
When looking for internships and jobs, we’ve been told to make our resumes short and to the point; usually one page for easy reading. Because of this, countless hours have been spent on wording for the sake of brevity and messing with the margins to maximize the space available on the resume. According to our friends over at Top Resume, hiring managers make a judgement on your resume in six seconds. So, you would think that a shorter resume would be better for your chances at getting hired.
However, according to Nicole K. Webb of NK Webb Group LLC, “A professional can have a resume that exceeds two pages, and it will not negatively impact their consideration for being selected for employment. As long as your resume includes information relevant to the experience you possess that is specific to the job in which you are applying for, it’s totally appropriate, even if it exceeds two pages.”
If you have relevant experience in a field to which you are applying, you should include it on your resume. You do not need to include information or experience that does not apply to the job in which you are applying, so you should make sure to edit your resume for each job application.
“Job Hunting Is A Numbers Game”
Applying to jobs has long been considered a numbers game. The more applications you have out there, the better your odds of getting an interview and, ultimately, hired are. This is no longer the case, however, according to LaKisha Greenwade of Lucki Fit LLC:
“The notion of a numbers game is outdated when considering the quantity of applications and resumes submitted for positions. To be successful and beat the game of automated systems reviewing credentials, job seekers should continually focus on building their network and finding a way to personalize a message to recruiters and decision makers. Do this work before it is a necessity.”
The “spray and pray” method of applying to jobs is a thing of the past. With more and more companies using applicant tracking systems (ATS) to review potential candidates, applicants must tailor their resumes to each job in order to stand out. Additionally, job seekers can utilize their network and relationships to “beat” the application process.
“Only Interview For Jobs You Know What You Want”
Just as an athlete practices for a big game, job seekers must practice for their interviews in a similar fashion. The only way to get better at interviewing is to practice. Many job seekers fall into the trap of only wanting to interview for jobs that they know they want. This is a train of thought that needs to be broken sooner rather than later.
Job descriptions have a way of making opportunities seem a lot more appealing than they actually are. The only way to figure out if you could see yourself in a role and gain a better understanding of the company is through an interview. Rosie Guagliardo of InnerBrilliance Coaching says the interview process is similar to dating:
“Some clients hesitate to interview for a job because they’re unsure if they want it. I recommend applying and learning more before deciding. You should be in data gathering mode, not deciding mode just yet. It’s similar to dating. Start small. Go for coffee. Then, decide if you want to go on another date. No need to know if you want to marry the person. At a minimum, you make a good connection.”
If you aren’t sure if you want to go on an interview, you should still follow through as it could lead to future opportunities down the road. Additionally, the more interview practice you have, the better prepared you will be for the interview for your dream job.