Gone are the days where we could send out a generic CV to 100 different companies, wear our best outfit for an interview and almost be guaranteed a job for life. Unfortunately, life today does not work that way, and job hunters will have to be a little more creative with their search.
Here are 6 outdated job hunting tips everyone should stop believing:
- “Always follow your passion!” While the concept is a lovely one, quitting your bill-paying 9-5 job to pursue a career as a professional baker without doing any research to ensure it is a viable career path is not the right way to go.
- “You really should continue your education!” You will come across people who believe if you just went on to get your MBA, you’d have no problem finding your dream job. Just because you are smart enough to go to business or law school, does not mean you should if you’ll really only be there because someone once told you that you should. Don’t assume others know what is best for you!
- “Just make your CV look better, then you’ll get the job!” While having a CV re-design can help matters, CVs are mainly a way to grab the attention of hiring managers and to give them a snapshot idea of who you are and what working experience you have. It is simply a piece of the pie.
- “If you apply to 20 places, you’ll definitely get one of them!” The spray and pray approach is not ideal when trying to land a job. Hiring managers can tell right away if your cover letter is simply a ‘cut and paste’ situation. Trust us, recruiters and hiring managers can see right through this and will pass you by.
- “End your cover letter by telling them you will call them to schedule your interview!” People may tell you to end your cover letter with a call to action, but please, please avoid this at all costs. Recruiters and hiring managers will find this to be egotistical and won’t be answering your call.
- “If you don’t have every skill listed, don’t bother applying!” While hard skills are indeed important, they are not the be all and end all. If you believe you are the right person for the job despite missing a few experiences or skills requested, apply anyways! Simply explain your view in your cover letter and don’t forget to show your passion and your ability to be a great leader and learn new skills on the job.