Truths and Myths When Job Searching

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When job searching, there will inevitably be situations where friends, family and colleagues will tell you various pieces of advice and long-believed strategies to find you that dream position. However, the market itself is almost always changing, which means what may have worked a few years ago could now have the direct opposite effect. While there's no guaranteed way to end the search, reviewing modern advice is a great place to start.

One of the most common pieces of advice is that a resume needs to be focused on applicant skills and creativity to set them apart. While this is somewhat true, there's more to the average search than these general platitudes, Business 2 Community reported. A resume should have some focus on what you have done, but what's more important is what you can do. A career history will simply read like a checklist to a hiring manager, but explaining exactly what that career history has taught you, and how it has influenced what you can bring to a company, will open the eyes of employers everywhere.

Too much creativity can hurt

At the same time, you might be tempted to truly think outside the box when preparing your resume, taking unique strategies that will be eye-catching. Unless you're trying to land in a creative field, however, using original fonts or an unorthodox resume format will be a turn-off. Depending on the way you write the page, your hiring managers may be less than excited to see that you've attached your resume to a small gift or presented it in an artistic format. Resumes need to meet real-world standards, where they're quick and easy to read, as much as they need to initially draw the reader's eye. Many will also need to get through keyword programs, which won't be easy if a computer can't read a resume's specific formatting.

As such, while it can be tempting to let your inner artist run wild, it's better to highlight your best skills while using a normal resume template. A few flourishes of creativity can work better in your favor than a full-blown emphasis on originality. Though employers will be flooded with resumes, you'll want to go with the flow and only change things up if you know they'll make a difference.

Better organization

Too many people in the modern job search are also advised to simply shoot off as many resumes into company emails as possible. After a few days or a few dozen emails, however, it can get much more difficult to remember exactly which employers have called back and which opportunities you're most excited for. This is because it's hard to stay organized under an umbrella of applications, and if you're not careful, this can actually enable opportunities to slip out of your hands. If you forget who you need to address an email to, or how long you have to follow up and schedule an interview, a manager won't think twice to discount your application entirely.

There are ways to save yourself from this pit as well, according to Forbes. The simplest method is to use Microsoft Word to your advantage. You can either use a job search tracking template or build your own. Adding columns to better monitor your applications sent, networking opportunities and next steps for each specific position you've applied for will almost undoubtedly build a more organized and straightforward job searching process.