While job searching, candidates often seek advice from their friends, family, and professional network. While there is a great deal of advice for job searchers out there, not all of it is good. Unfortunately, even the bad advice gets repeated, which can lead you astray in your job search. Here are a few examples of bad advice as well as what you should do instead:
Apply to as many jobs as you can find.
Quantity doesn’t equal quality. Unfortunately, many individuals believe that that more positions you apply to, the higher your chances are of securing a position. However, employers are looking for the most-qualified candidate for the position, so if your skills and background do not align with the position needs, you will be removed from a candidate pool. Instead, find jobs that you are qualified for and are in line with your career path. By focusing on a few positions at a time, it allows you to pay attention to the details.
You need to be 100% qualified to apply.
In truth, there are very few people who possess every single skill or quality highlighted in a job posting. Don’t be afraid to apply for a position if you don’t tick every item on the employer’s wish list. If you possess the majority of what they’re looking for, go ahead and send in an application.
You only need one resume.
Your resume should be fluid. You should edit your resume so it fits the position you’re applying for. It doesn’t need to be a completely unique document, but you should tailor your objective, work history, and skills to highlight the ones that the company is looking for. By customizing your resume for each position, you will be able to highlight your core competencies as they relate to the position’s requirements.
Include your entire career history.
If you are seasoned career professional, including your entire work history is unnecessary. For example, including the part-time jobs you had in high school are not relevant to your job search. Keep your resume’s work history pared down to positions that are most recent or relevant in your career. However, if you’ve held a number of positions that are relevant but don’t want them included on your resume, consider including them in your LinkedIn profile.
Wading through all of the good and bad job-seeker advice can be a challenge. To receive help in your job search, consider contacting the recruiting specialists at Contemporary Staffing Solutions for help with your search. We can help you find the perfect position for where you are in your career!