You’ve been looking for a new job for weeks, possibly months with little or no success. Are you sitting by the phone waiting for it to ring with an invitation to interview but it’s just not happening?
There are a few, shall we say inaccuracies, out there about resume writing and job search tactics.
Let’s take a look at some of the common myths or inaccuracies that many job seekers follow that could very well be a job search killer.
There are a number of things that the job seeker must stop doing in order to be a success. It’s always recommended to seek the advice of a professional resume writer when crafting your resume and cover letter since it is their job to stay up to date on the latest resume and cover letter trends. Professionals know what job search advice is myth, and what is not, when it comes to crafting a quality resume and then beginning the job search. Let’s start with some of the basics:
You may hear that the style of the typeface should be a certain way. This is partly true and partly myth. Some advice you may come across will tell you that Times New Roman font is lazy, boring, uncreative, etc. The truth is that Times New Roman, Courier, and Courier new are fine. They are easy on the eye of the recruiter who is reading your cover letter and resume. Now, if you handwrite your cover letter and resume, in pen, pencil, marker, crayon, etc., then obviously that would be an epic fail. According to Inc.com, make sure the resume has readability. Do not use fancy typeface such a calligraphy, or other fonts that make it harder to read. Use 12 pt. pica. You can use larger sized pica for your name and section headers, but that’s it. Do not use italics, underline, borders, or text boxes. If a site is using the Applicant Tracking System these mistakes can cause your resume to be rejected form the system, never to be seen by human eyes.
Spell out any job descriptions or accomplishments. Do not abbreviate. Do not use refer to, or use certain items such as age, race, religion, political affiliations, as well as skipping the urge to state your hobbies, family information and other irrelevant items. Also, skip the objective statement. The employer already knows that your objective is to find a job in that specific industry or field, otherwise, you wouldn’t have submitted your resumes.
How soon should you hear back from an employer after you’ve applied? Well this depends.
According to money.usnews.com, it takes at least a week for a hiring manager or recruiter to filter through all of the resumes and weed out the ones that they are not interested in. Then the hiring manager has to start contacting the lucky few in order to schedule interviews. If you do not hear back from a potential employer in the first week of applying, do not panic. It’s quite normal.
Another myth, again according to money.usnews.com, is that your cover letter and/or resume will be read in full. The fact is it won’t. The average scan of a cover letter or resume by a recruiter is approximately eight (8) seconds. Obviously not long enough to read the entire document(s).
These are just a few of the vast number of job seeking myths floating around out there in cyberspace. Do your research. Get educated on what is and what is not professional when it comes to how you present yourself during the job search.
Happy career hunting!