Making Sure You’ve Not Falling for Common Myths About Jobseeking
- You don’t have to conduct outrageous, attention-getting stunts (like sending a single shoe in a box to a hiring manager to “get your foot in the door”) to attract a hiring manager’s attention. Find the right decision-maker and send a customised cover letter and résumé that showcases why you can add value to the company. Follow-up with a phone call and/or email.
- Don’t fall for the “two-page résumé” myth. Hiring managers will read three-page (and even four-page!) résumés, if the content is well organised and relevant.
- Content matters. Even though Applicant Tracking System software has made résumé length less relevant (especially when the résumé is first screened), make sure that the information you’re including is relevant to the type of position you’re seeking. Eliminate the fluff, focus on accomplishments, and organise the information effectively.
- Résumés are not “one size fits all.” A résumé that is not targeted for a specific type of job — or even a specific job at a company — is less effective. You can’t use the same résumé to apply to widely different jobs (teaching and administrative management, for example).
- You cannot have multiple LinkedIn accounts to highlight your experience and qualifications for different types of positions. So if you’re pursuing multiple types of positions, your LinkedIn profile either has to be more “generic” or you must focus it on showcasing your qualifications for only one type of job you’re interested in.