Whether you are seeking a promotion or actively looking for a job entirely different, you have likely heard an assortment of career advice. While some of that advice is helpful, some of it might actually be destructive to your job search efforts.
Here are three of the worst tips for those searching for a job:
- Be Sure to Stuff Your Resumé with Keywords. Stuffing your resumé with keywords to increase search engine optimization will ultimately not get you the job. No matter how you apply for the position, online or in-person, someone is going to read over your resumé. If it is stuffed with keywords, it will not read well. By focusing on your unique talents, abilities, and contributions, you will stand out, allowing your personality to show through.
- Avoid Mentioning Salary Until You Get the Job Offer. If you do this, you risk setting yourself up for disappointment or at least different salary expectations than your interviewer. Instead, make sure you bring up your potential salary by at least the second interview. If your salary expectations and the amount they are willing to pay you differ significantly, you will not waste your time going through the interview process only to realize that you cannot afford to do the job for the salary they are willing to give you.
- Do Exactly as the Employer Asks During the Recruiting Process. They may ask you how you would handle a hypothetical scenario or ask you to do certain things to show how you would be a good fit for the company. These tasks are fine and are part of the recruitment process. If, though, they ask you to do something you should get paid to do, be sure to ask how much you will get paid for the task or to suggest how they could pay you. If your potential employer wants you to do work for free, you have gotten a glimpse of how they will value you once you are hired.
If your potential employer asks you to do something that you feel is morally or ethically wrong, you should also avoid doing it. If the line is crossed during the interview process, it will likely be even worse once you get the job.
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