As you well know, since you’re reading this on a computer or a smartphone, we live in a digital age. As a result, today’s job market is a brave new world where the old rules no longer apply. And yet many people in search of employment continue to use age-old techniques that have become obsolete. Luckily, Michelle Kruse has written a piece for CareerCast.com titled “Seven Job-Hunting Tips That Should Be Retired.”
“By modernizing your job searching tactics,” Kruse writes, “you’ll be more likely to impress recruiters in an increasingly competitive environment.”
Read on to get her expert advice.
1. Forget Those Want Ads — Kruse isn’t just talking about the want ads found in newspaper. Sure, you should look at online job postings, and maybe even the ones in your local paper, but these days, you should use your network of contacts, as well as social media, to enhance your chances of finding the right job.
2. No More Door-to-Door — Back in the day, you could show up at a company unannounced and get some quality “face time.” “Today, dropping by uninvited is a great way to irritate potential employers who undoubtedly already have a lot on their plate,” Kruse writes.
3. Lose the Paper Resumes — Save a tree and send an electronic version of your resume. It’s far more convenient for potential employers, and it’s no more likely to get lost in the shuffle than a physical one, Kruse writes.
4. Don’t List Every Job — There’s no reason to list every position you’ve held. The idea here is quality, not quantity. Don’t make the hiring manager or recruiter read through a bunch of fluff they won’t care about.
5. Ditch the Objective Sentence — Are you “looking for a position” to help you “maximize” your “unique skills?” Yeah, well, you and everybody else. There’s no need to start your resume with some boring boilerplate sentence about what you’re trying to accomplish. It’s obvious. Instead, sum up what you can bring to the company.
6. Don’t Be So Formal — As Kruse writes, a resume need not “sound like a legal document.” You want to maintain some degree of professionalism, but don’t be afraid to throw in a hint of personality.
7. Easy On the Aggression — These days, there’s more competition than ever, but that doesn’t mean you should hound potential employers. “Stopping by the office, calling recruiters, and incessantly emailing is not only amateurish but rude,” Kruse writes.