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You Must Ignore: 7 Terrible Job Search Recommendations

Source | LinkedIn : By Brain de Haaff

You have finally decided that it is time to look for a new job. Of course, everyone you typically trust has advice and wants to share it (even if you did not ask for their opinion). But why not listen to them? They all seem to have great jobs. They must have done something right.

Your friends and family only want the best for you. But before you blindly follow their recommendations, you should know that some of it might steer you wrong. Very wrong.

They mean well, of course. But what worked just five years ago when they were searching for a job may not apply now.

The hiring process is often a mystery for job seekers. At Aha! we understand — we interview candidates every day for open roles. We know that it can be an exhilarating, confounding time — especially when the rules constantly evolve. That is why I wanted to share a few observations and encourage you to critically think about your job search before you follow the one-off advice of others.

So, after interviewing hundreds of people over the last few months, here is what I have learned from the best candidates. Here are seven pieces of bad job advice you should never follow — and what you should do instead.

Apply to everything
Do not apply to every job listing that sounds like something you could potentially do. You may think sending out more applications will increase your odds, but this is not an effective job search strategy or a good use of your time.

Instead, accept that you will not be qualified for every job — and that is okay. It’s better to take a targeted approach, and use your time to research and apply only to the jobs where you are a meaningful fit.

Tweak the details
Do not alter your city, job titles, dates of employment, education or other facts to make yourself look more attractive. Employers know that many applicants misrepresent their experience and often order background checks to verify the details before extending an offer.

Instead, just be upfront and honest. Be prepared to answer questions about your work history, such as gaps in employment dates. Simply being truthful shows that you have integrity.


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