If you're looking for a job, you're likely to receive all sorts of advice from friends and family members. But can you tell which advice is actually good? Unfortunately, some of the most popular pieces of advice might actually hurt your application.
Here are the most outdated pieces of advice to avoid, as provided by Alison Green from the "Ask a Manager" blog.
- Follow up your application with a call to the employer. In the past, calling a prospective employer showed initiative and interest. Today, employers frown at applicants that "check up" on their application, especially if the application includes instructions to not call. To employers, a call demonstrates a lack of respect of the hiring manager's time and the hiring process. Instead, stick to the instructions.
- Mention that you will call to set up an interview. Again, this old piece of advice typically annoys hiring managers and employers. Though many career advice centers have told students to end their cover letters with this line, in reality, the comment comes off as pushy and unprofessional.
- Networking is the only way to get a great job. While it's true that networking can help you find a job, there's a right way and a wrong way. Giving your resume to a friend's neighbor and expecting that neighbor to recommend you in his company lacks a personal and professional relationship. Instead, networking involves quality relationship building: get to know someone who works in your dream company and build an intentional rapport. This will help you get a favorable recommendation down the road.
- Skip the online application and show up in person. While this shows great initiative, many employers see a personal meeting as an old and unprofessional practice. The only exception to this is in retail and food service industries, where it's much more common to "reply within" than submit an online application.
Remember, the best way for you to get your dream job is to follow an application's instructions and not deviate from the application process. This way, you won't fall victim to bad advice and jeopardize your chances for a particular job.
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