Unconventional job search advice

5 articles and blog posts that offer a different take on finding your next gig

by Dominique, published 04/18/2014
Unconventional job search advice

Sometimes the best job search advice tells you what not to do, what to do differently or what to do less often. Tips to avoid pitfalls or think about things in a new way are equally helpful, if not more so, than rote platitudes about shoring up your resume and social connections.

For this week’s news roundup, we found some great, slightly unconventional job search advice that could just help you break out of a rut and land your dream gig.

  • The Job Search Advice You're Taking Too Far. The Daily Muse: “Good Advice: Practice with Mock Interviews. Interviews are tough—and you want to make sure you’re prepared. So, asking a friend to help you run through practice questions is a great way to help you organize your thoughts, learn how to structure standout answers, and prepare yourself for the potentially stressful and awkward environment. Taking it Too Far...When you have too many memorized answers packed in your brain, you’re more likely to spend the interview trying to remember each scripted answer, rather than engaging in the conversation. The back-and-forth will seem unnatural and forced, and you’ll likely come across as insincere.”
  • The Silver Bullet of the Job Search. The Huffington Post: “After several months of job searching without much traction, I stumbled upon the silver bullet of the job search: the informational interview. Whether you are just starting your career, like I was, are considering a new field, or are just seeking out a job, the informational interview is a great step to succeeding in your search.”
  • The Best Creative Job Hunting Advice From Teachers Who Landed Their Dream Jobs. We Are Teachers: “Landing a great teaching job is a life-changer—but it takes some work. And by the time you finish with job fairs and portfolio building, it can be downright daunting. To help, we asked real teachers who landed their dream jobs what they did to make their job hunts successful...Luke says: ‘I paid a graphic arts professional to design my résumé and add school colors to it ... they also put quotes from my letters of reference in the margins of my résumé. ... I had a lot of compliments from administrators and multiple job offers.’”
  • 7 Beliefs About Your Job Search That Are All Wrong. U.S. News & World Report: “‘This job is a sure thing, so I’m not going to keep searching.’ Slowing down your search or stopping it altogether because you think you’re likely to get a job offer is one of the worst mistakes you can make. Some people even turn down interviews with other companies because they’re so sure an offer is forthcoming, and are left kicking themselves when the offer never materializes.”
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