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3 Tips For Ditching Outdated Job Search Strategies

3 Tips For Ditching Outdated Job Search Strategies

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Job search ain’t like it used to be. Now, with so much qualified competition out there, outdated job search strategies (like listing “typing” on your resume) are actually going to hurt you more than help you.

So, what can you do to update your efforts? Here are three tips for ditching those outdated job search tactics:

1. Don’t include ALL of your experience on your resume.

It can be tempting to include everything you’ve done for the last 20+ years on your resume, but it’s not going to do you any favors. Recruiters spend only a few seconds scanning resumes (if they even make it past the ATS), and they don’t have time to read a novel.

Plus, while you might have extensive experience in an area, it doesn’t necessarily translate to having up-to-date skills in that area. Have you been working to advance your skills over the years? If not, the skills you learned 20 years ago aren’t going to be worth anything to employers.

Rule of thumb: Only list the last 15 years of your experience.

2. Establish an online presence.

These days, having an online presence is critical to job search success. If you think employers and recruiters aren’t Googling you to see what comes up, you’ve got another thing coming. Almost 70% of employers said they will Google job candidates to learn about their online presence.

If you don’t have an online presence, employers are going to assume that you’re behind the times, that you’re hiding something, or that you’re just not an interesting candidate. Remember, brand or BE branded.

3. Manage your salary expectations.

You might think, “Since I made X amount in my last job, I should make just as much, if not more, in my next job.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way.

You need to figure out what your market worth is. Hit up Salary.com, Payscale.com, and other websites and do a little research. Then, you need to ask yourself, “Am I in demand enough to justify my last salary?” If the answer is no, then you need to reconsider your salary expectations.

Seasoned professionals: If you want to learn how to update your job search strategy, watch this free video series!


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Ariella Coombs

Ariella is the Content Strategist and Career Coach for Work It Daily. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in journalism. Follow her @AriellaCoombs or find her on Google+.