Monday, January 30, 2012

New Year’s Resolution Rules You Can Break

Several New Year’s resolutions consist of finding a new career opportunity. Many of the job search rules you are used to have changed in the past few years. According to Career Advice at, there are seven job search rules you should feel free to break.*

1. Apply Only if You Meet All Requirements

Sometimes online job descriptions include ALL of the potential requirements that can allow you to be considered for the position and are not entirely correct. According to Jean Baur, senior consultant at outplacement firm Lee Hacht Harrison and author of Eliminated! Now What? Finding Your Way from Job-Loss Crisis to Career Resilience, “if you match 85% of that ad, fill out a job application and send your resume anyway.”

2. Do a Mass Mailing to Maximize Your Chances

For example, if you have 10 New Year’s resolutions it’s hard to keep up with all of them. So, narrow down your list of companies to just a small few and do extensive research on them so you can tailor your materials (resume and cover letter) to what they are looking for.

3. Emphasize Your Education

Don’t get me wrong, education is definitely important, but if you don’t have any job experience, then it is good for you to emphasize more on your activity on campus. If you don’t have a strong educational background or collegiate activity, then focus on your duties you were responsible for within your work experience. Hiring managers are less concerned about what job it was, just as long as they know you are dependable and can get the job done well.

4. Don’t Call

Yes, employers will say they do not want a bunch of phone calls but, if you sit around and wait for them to contact you, you won’t get far that way either. You will not be a pest if you call a few days later to follow-up to your submission.

5. Use the Interview to Talk All About You

Take the time to prepare some good questions to ask the interviewer about the company. In an interview, not only are we seeing if you are a good fit for the job, but you are seeing if we are a good fit for you. Asking good questions will give the impression that you are truly interested and serious about the job!

6. Be Vague About Salary

Be ready to provide a range in which you are comfortable making and be sure you’re alright with being offered the lowest amount in your range because that is most likely what they will offer you.

7. Don’t Contact the Company Again If It Rejects You

If you don’t get the job, it only means there was someone more appropriate for the job at that particular time. It’s okay and beneficial to follow up and say you’re still interested in the company.

* ( Article: Seven Job Search Rules to Break by Larry Buhl;

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