Looking for a Job? Never Do These 3 Things
We all know how time-consuming, discouraging, and tiresome job hunting can be. It’s tempting to take all of the help you can get from friends and family to get your name and résumé out into the world. But letting your general résumé float into the atmosphere unattached to a specific purpose can be lethal to your hiring potential. Scroll through to find out what you should never do with your résumé. Don’t worry—we’ve also included some fail-safe tips to boost your chances of scoring your dream job.
You may have wonderful friends who understand the job that is job hunting and offer to pass along your résumé if they hear of any openings. The problem with accepting this generous but ultimately random plan of dissemination is that you aren’t able to tailor your résumé for the specific person or job that it is for. In today’s world, there really isn’t an excuse not to know about the person whose eyes could determine your future employment. Rather than accept your friend’s offer right away, ask a few questions to see if the person he or she can show it to is a good fit for you and vice versa.
You may think this personal touch is the best way to get your résumé to the top of the pile. Unfortunately, unless your friend has a strong relationship with someone in the HR department, it’s usually a fruitless effort. Rather, research the hiring manager for the job you want and write him or her a pain letter. That’s the best way to get a follow-up call.
Unsolicited résumés guarantee one thing: They will never be looked at. It’s hard enough to get hiring managers to read through all of the résumés that are asked for, so please don’t waste your time throwing dozens of résumés into the void and hoping one sticks. According to Forbes, this “spray and pray” mind-set was pointless when we used to fax our résumés around, and “it’s still pointless now.” Rather, target your job search and only send résumés to specific people in specific industries. Tailor your résumé accordingly.
Read the full list of what not to do with your résumé on Forbes.
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