If you’re looking for a new job, you’ve likely read up on how to land your next great position. But beware: Not all of tips are worth following. Here are four job search strategies that look good in print but can actually cost you that new opportunity.
1. Taking a scattergun approach to resume submissions
While “resume bombing” may seem like a good strategy (you’re sure to hit something if you apply to lots of openings, right?), it’s actually a job search mistake. Not only does this approach waste your time, but you are actually less likely to get an interview request this way. Hiring managers are looking for specific skills, experience and talent in prospective employees. If you click “submit” whenever you come across an ad that you’re the slightest bit qualified for, chances are you’re not taking the time to tailor your resume to individual openings.
A better job search strategy: Read each job posting carefully, especially the minimum requirements. If you lack one or more of them, don’t bother applying, because your application would just go into the circular file. But if you have all the requirements, and the duties and prospective employer excite you, then take the time to customize your cover letter and resume.