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What you think you know about job search is all wrong

What you think you know about job search is all wrong

We’re MYTHBUSTING in today’s video.

1. The spray and pray.

Instead of sending your resume to every open position:

  • Research employers
  • Identify problems to be solved
  • Customize your applications
  • Create a follow-up plan

2. Resume length.

A resume has to satisfy the needs of the employer. If you’ve applied to work for the Government of Canada, you know 17-pages can be OK, but in most other scenarios two pages should do the trick.

3. I just need a job; any job will do.

At best this is a hail mary pass; at worst you appear out of touch with employer needs. Watch the video to learn why.

4. What should I be when I grow up?

No psychometric assessment or person should answer this for you. This is as true for students as it is for executives. When you need help figuring out a career path, look to a Certified Career Professional. We’ll ask the right questions. You’ll arrive at what’s best for you.

5. Your #resume format.

Before you choose between reverse chronology, functional, or a hybrid of the two:

  • Know the employer needs
  • Understand what value you have to offer
  • Learn to communicate that information effectively

Related Categories: Career Clarity, Job Search

About The Author
Maureen McCann is an award-winning career coach, master resume writer, and master certified interview, employment, and career strategist whose clients include C-level executives, managers, and professionals in all industries including the Canadian banking, oil and gas, healthcare, IT, and government sectors.

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