Job search tips to reconsider

03.08.2012


Although certain job search tips have been promoted for years, many of them may have changed with the shifting landscape of the labor market.

A perfect example of how much conventional job search wisdom has changed is the adage of showing up to every interview early, according to U.S. News and World Report. Although it is wise for an applicant to allow some extra time to ensure he or she is not late, showing up more than five-to-10 minutes early can irk the people conducting the interview.

Hiring managers who encounter this may feel a need to stop what they are doing and greet the job seeker, the news source reports. Job seekers should avoid being too early by passing time before their interview in either their car or a coffee shop.

People engaged in job searching should also refrain from utilizing language that is too formal when preparing their resumes, and steer clear of overusing industry jargon, the news source reports. Instead, candidates should stick to describing their skills as they would to a peer. This methodology should help to eliminate wordage that could make the resume seem insincere or overly stuffy.

While candidates have been traditionally encouraged to list an objective on their resume, utilizing this strategy may be a waste of space, according to the media outlet. Instead, job seekers should include a "summary of qualifications" section that they can use to describe what their talents are and how it makes them a good fit for the position for which they are applying.

Interviewees may have been encouraged to respond to the question "what are your weaknesses" by stating perfectionism or being a workaholic, but responses like these could easily come across as rehearsed and insincere. Candidates should respond to questions such as these by naming an area where they have faced challenges and describing what they have done to overcome the problem.

In addition to the changing dynamics of job searching, candidates who have been unemployed in the long term will need to prepare for additional questions designed to ascertain what caused the jobless period, according to Forbes.

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