This article was originally published on Career Metis!
No one pays you for effort. Not in 2016.
1. All I can do is submit Resumes,right?
2. All I need is a LinkedIn profile,right?
3. Recruiters and employers really don’t care about a thank-you note of my kind, I think.
4. You must have a job to get hired.
5. Keep doing what everyone tells me to do.
Uh…no. If all you do is follow everyone else’s advice then you will yield the same results. There is a voice that is telling you to try something unconventional and bold. Exhaust the what ifs and fire away but it helps to ask advice from a smart and savvy person who is thriving in your desired career. If you don’t know him or her, then you have more work to do.
6. Look full-time to get a full-time job.
Slightly misleading advice depending on your definition of what a full-time job search looks like. Following that advice in the 1980s means that you are filling out applications, and scouring the newspapers from 9-5. Ten years ago, a full-time job search meant spending time looking in the papers, applying to countless online job board applications. You may have even been organized enough to use an excel spreadsheet to keep organized. Today, you can hours between networking on and off-line, researching companies using job boards as an outline to match your accomplishments up with the responsibilities, learning new skills and abilities, and so much more.
7. Paste your resume into your LinkedIn profile.
It’s easy, right? What a mistake! You’re missing an opportunity to complete your career story. Ideally, your resume is the table of contents, your blog (what you don’t have one?) has a few chapters of your career, and your LinkedIn profile along with other social profiles are an epilog (OK, epilogue) of your career. My personable but not personal rule applies across the board.
8. All I want is a job.
Let’s say that’s true. Any good hiring manager is going to detect it easily by asking, “Why do you want this job?” I betcha’ you can’t answer that question! If you want a career, understand this, the day you stop focusing on filling out applications is the day you will begin you career. Yeah, see #6 again.
9. “You can’t…”
10. Follow Your Passion.
To me, this advice is as misleading and uninformed as marrying someone solely based on lust. Now there are people who will give that advice with a caveat: passion should be based on knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job/career. People who marry with only lust as their latch will find divorce quicker than a falling star.