Breaking from tradition can bring new horizons to job searching

10.18.2013


Breaking from tradition can bring new horizons to job searching
Breaking from tradition can bring new horizons to job searching

Nervousness when it comes to trying to find a job is nothing new, so anyone going through the process need not worry as they're not alone. More than 90 percent of Americans experience stress about at least one aspect of the process, whether it's concerning their preparedness and qualification for the job or being underprepared for an interview or questions, according to the Wall Street Journal.

However, there are many ways to overcome these worries, and several of them concern taking risks and ignoring supposed constants in the search itself, according to Forbes. While there are thousands of books giving advice on what and what not to do in the search, the job search environment is constantly changing, and taking initiative to go against the grain can play a big role in improving chances and reducing the most common concerns.

First and foremost, the concept of applying to every job available, no matter what the qualifications are, should go right out the window. The days of playing the odds and blindly applying to many positions are gone - today, hiring managers are looking for the perfect candidate to fit the position. In addition, many resumes are read by automatic software, especially those submitted online - a generalized resume lacking the company's desired keywords will likely slip through the cracks. Tailoring the job search to specific positions may take longer, but in the long run, it can pay off handsomely, as it will help managers see your dedication to the craft.

Let the managers come to you
In addition, there's a simple way for applicants to turn the job search on its head. By working with a temporary employment agency, the candidate will suddenly have managers looking for their services, especially if they're experienced in a certain field. Recruiters will often head directly to such agencies, as they will have lengthy lists of workers with the desired skills, abilities and work history. Working with these companies can also streamline the hiring process - in many cases, workers may find themselves thrust right into a position.

The job search is also much less formal than it has been in the past in some respects. Dressing up for an interview is still necessary, but other aspects, such as formally written cover letters and resumes, have become less relevant as time goes on. In the short amount of time a hiring manager will spend reading a resume and cover letter, they will want to get a glimpse of your personality and whether you're the right fit for the company's culture. Being overly professional may hurt your chances more than they'd help. Researching company culture to get a feel for its environment can pay off in this respect, as it can help you further tailor your approach to their exact expectations.

Practice makes perfect
It's common to be intimidated when job searching, whether it means preparing for an interview or networking with potential leads. Nearly three-quarters of all Americans - 74 percent - fear public speaking, and another 5.3 million have a social phobia, according to Mashable. However, it's not necessary to allow that fear to envelope your process. A truthful approach will largely remove many of the problems inherent in job interview nervousness, as you can build a more sincere relationship based on total honesty. As a result, others will place trust in your abilities and skills, which can go far.

Objective statements are less necessary in today's job search - there's less need for you to describe exactly what you can bring to a role when a manager will clearly know what the most important prospects and qualities to succeed will be. Allow your accomplishments and facts to speak for themselves in the search - your qualifications are more than enough to get your foot in the door.

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