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.