Avoid these common job search misbeliefs and mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes, but that doesn't mean you have to repeat the mistakes others have made. And with this week's roundup you won't have to. Here's a look at some of the most common mistakes and misbeliefs about the job search to help you rise above and achieve success.

  • 5 Ways Your Resume is Just Like Everyone Else’s The Daily Muse: “If your main resume section is ‘Work Experience’ or the slightly better but equally forgettable ‘Professional Experience,’ you’re missing out on a big opportunity to personalize your resume. In place of ‘Work Experience,’ consider customizing this section to ‘Event Planning Experience’ or ‘Editorial Experience’—whatever is most appropriate for your skill set and the position you’re looking for. Having a keyword right in your section heading has a great branding effect on your overall resume.”
  • 7 Beliefs About Your Job Search That Are All Wrong U.S. News & World News Report: “A good interview doesn’t equate to a job offer. Other candidates might have interviewed as well as you or better. Or the job requirements might end up getting tweaked post-interview, and now you’re no longer as qualified as someone else. Or the employer might have an internal candidate they prefer, decide to hire the CEO’s nephew or put the position on hold altogether. There’s just no way to know from the outside, so it’s dangerous to let a good interview convince you that it’s in the bag.”
  • 3 Ways Your Job Search is Behind the Times Parade: “More often than not, companies are bombarded with generic resumes and cover letters that are presumably mass-sent by desperate job seekers trying to get a nibble. People using templates and including the same resume and cover letter (with the company and names placed in) are going to get the same amount of effort—little to none—from recruiters. The problem with these generic applications is they don’t allow employers to see how you fit into their company culture—you’re not showing any personality.”
  • 3 Job Search Beliefs You May Be Wrong About PayScale: “Speaking of standing out, unless you are applying for a job which requires a great deal of creativity, hiring managers are rarely interested in gimmicky methods of standing out and frankly, don’t have the time for it. You want to stand out, but you don’t want to be clown-in-the-church, standing out. Instead, focus on creating a great cover and resume and those qualifications, skills, and results that place you above the others, and concentrate on the elements that only you can bring to the position.”
  • Overused Words in the Job Search NWI Times: “What’s so wrong about being an innovative expert, you may ask? Nothing. But here’s hoping that you’re not banking on those descriptors to land your next gig. The point of your resume is to stand out from your competition, not blend in. Recruiters are looking for unique thinkers and tangible examples of how your strongest attributes have catalyzed major impacts within your past employers. If you label yourself as innovative, then a hiring manager will look for proof backing this up. Include examples supporting your claims within your job descriptions or key achievements to help sell your story to the reader.”
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