4 Bad Bits of Job Search Advice

February 28, 2013

Job Hunt

Get Hired Fast - job search adviceWhen you are looking for a job, you will find a wealth of job search advice aimed to help you find a job. Unfortunately, all of this advice may not be good advice or may not apply to you. However, there are some pieces of advice that are generally a bad idea for all applicants.

Send Out More Job Applications

One of the popular bits of advice is to send out as many applications as you can. Some people suggest that since you are treating your job search as a job in itself, you have all day to research and send out applications. But just because you send out 100s of resumes does not necessarily increase your odds of getting hired. You should spend your time researching companies and sending out more targeted applications – that you are more qualified for — will probably yield more success.

Never Reschedule a Screening Phone Call

I know the conventional wisdom is that if a recruiter calls you for a screening interview, you should take it no matter what you are doing at the time. But if you are not adequately prepared, racing out to go to a function, or if your kids are screaming in the background, you may not be able to give the best impression and put your best foot forward. Ask the screener if you can reschedule the call and set the time and date then.

Lie About Your Current Salary

Many people consistently lie about current salary and think it to be a reasonable negotiating tactic but it can put you at risk. If the employer finds out that you lied, you may lose the job offer or may be fired if you are already started working with the company. Some companies may ask for W-2s from previous employers, so you don’t want to get caught in a lie.

Don’t Call Us, The Company Will Call You

If you wait for companies and recruiters to call you back, you may be waiting for a long time and may find yourself missing out on great opportunities. After you send out your application, you should make a plan to follow up with a phone call. Some applications say “no calls;” use your LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter connections to find a way to get in contact with the hiring manager. Don’t wait by the phone; be proactive.

These pieces of advice are bad in all situations but some advice may be more equivocal. The worse bit of job search advice is to assume that every piece of advice applies to you. Some advice may work for another job seeker’s specific situation but not yours. Don’t go into a panic if you are doing something that someone says is a bad idea; use your judgment and do what works for you. For more job search advice, you can sign up for our Get Hired Boot Camp today.

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