Written by: Ashley Proctor
Now-a-days there are a ton of platforms providing advice. From blogs, advice columns, Tweets, email subscriptions etc. During your job search, you are going to receive a lot of advice. There is an old saying that goes, “all advice is not good advice.” This still stands true in 2017. Be aware that some of this advice may be helpful and some of it may not.
To help you decide which job search advice to ditch this year, here five job search tips to avoid in 2017:
1. Keeping things up-to-date.
Even if you are not actively looking for a new job it is important to keep your LinkedIn profile and resume current. More and more are looking for passive candidates. This means your dream job could contact you based on the skills and experience they see on your professional social media profile, therefore, you should be prepared. If your LinkedIn is not up-to-date you could be passed over for the position.
2. Have you done your research?
In 2017, being a culture fit is just as important as being qualified for the job. Applying for every job solely based off a job description is no longer the best way to go about looking. Chances of getting a job offer based on skill and experience alone have been cut in half. Ask yourself if you are a culture fit for this position because it is a huge deciding factor in hiring a candidate. Before applying for a job, take the time to visit the “About Us” page on the company’s website to see if their values align with yours. Taking the time to do this research can also prepare you for the infamous, “Why do you want to work for us” question that is often asked during interviews.
3. Tradition. What is that?
Throw traditional job search tactics out the window! Non-traditional is the way to go. Take advantage of the social media era. Jobs can be found on social media sites such as Facebook groups, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and more! Don’t be afraid to send the human resources manager, talent acquisition specialist or recruiter a direct message letting them know your interest in said position. With so many candidates submitting applications this is the perfect way to stand out and express your interest.
4. BE Aggressive, B-E AGGRESSIVE!
Okay, don’t be as aggressive as one of our favorite chants but you get the idea nonetheless. After you secure your interview by reaching out via non-traditional job boards be aggressive when following up. Do not sit around and wait for a call or email. Reaching out will show your level of interest and commitment to the position. It will also let you know if they plan to move forward so you don’t have to waste time sitting around waiting for the “we have decided to move forward with a more qualified candidate” rejection letter.
5. “Apply Now”
During your job search expect to do more than submitting your resume and cover letter. It takes a village. NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK! Connections made by a casual conversation in groups or on social media can be helpful. If you see or hear employee advocacy from someone nearby, don’t be afraid to comment and say “HEY, IS YOUR COMPANY HIRING”? Another way to go about networking is to find a trade association, meet-up group or online discussion forum that relates to your field and get involved. Try attending a few professional events related to your industry after all referred applicants are hired 75% of the time