How to Avoid Outdated Job Search Tactics

by HR Team on April 18, 2012

How to avoid outdated job search tacticsToday’s technology is rapidly changing, and when you’re looking for a job, it’s important to use current job-seeking techniques that will both help you leverage newer tools and provide the best results. Whether or not you’re already employed, it’s important for you to not appear outdated. Being aware of current trends, especially in your industry, makes you a more desirable employee.

As you embark upon your job search, keep the following outdated job search tactics in mind — and make sure to steer clear!

Branch out from the classified ads.

If you’re on social networking sites (and you should be), use them to your advantage. Spend time on LinkedIn. Build your connections so that you have a better chance of hearing about job opportunities. If you’d like to work at the same company as a friend, ask about any job openings that might not be listed or ask them to refer you to a position. Don’t hesitate to let your friends and family know you’re on the search for a new job. You never know who might give you a recommendation or a lead.

Do your homework.

The great thing about today’s technology is that it gives you tools for researching companies as you apply for positions and consider various job opportunities. Look them up on LinkedIn, for example, and take time to visit each company’s website. Not only will you glean a better understanding of the organization, but you can compile background information that could come in handy during a job interview or other discussion. Familiarize yourself with the company’s online careers presence. Most companies now include job listings on their websites, as well as other career opportunity aggregators. You might be able to create an account and be notified about positions that match your interests. Don’t be afraid to put technology to work for you. That’s why it’s there!

Don’t be generic.

Don’t send a generic resume and cover letter. Despite what you may have done in the past, don’t spend extra time on formatting or special paper. Most employers will print your resume and cover letter through office printers — or will review a digital copy instead. Take the time to tailor the cover letter and resume to the job for which you are applying. Let your experience speak for itself; help the hiring manager visualize you in the position.

Don’t overuse bullet points. 

You certainly want to list your accomplishments and qualify them with examples that show your expertise and strengths, but you also want the resume to be a jumping off point for discussion. Let the resume be a way to tell your story. Use bullet points and bold type to organize the information and distinguish various sections of the resume, but don’t hesitate to use narrative sentences to describe your work history. Your goal is to give the hiring manager enough information to move the process forward, then you can expound on your skills and experience during an interview.

By embracing technology and incorporating updated practices into your job-seeking routine, you’ll be one step closer to landing the job you want. If you have additional insight on outdated job search tactics to avoid, feel free to leave a comment.

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