I love these blanket statement articles. Here's the reality - there is no one way to land a job! Every company is different and every hiring manager is different. I know of companies who will automatically disqualify people for inquiring about the status of their applications. However, when I was a hiring manager, I would not consider someone unless they did show that follow through. Landing a job depends on various things. Location, education, experience, personality, gender, race, age, weight, sexual orientation, etc, etc, etc.The bottom line is it sucks out there and the fact that these articles pop up everyday just go to prove the point.
I would also add staying on top of your job hut is a must. People are applying to more jobs than ever like CES said in the comments he applied to over 200 jobs. How do you manage all the jobs you've applied too? I know traditionally people have used spreadsheets. I found this free website called www.jobmango.com that helps you manage your job hunt. I used it and managed all my job hunting needs from one location. Great too if you've been applied to a lot of jobs.
The objective part is wrong here... it suggests that you are generic and will only "fit" one of three molds with no adaptability.Instead, you should be re-writing this 'objective' for every job applied...I spend at least 1/2 hour to 45 minutes tayloring my resume to each and every job, targeting jobs where my skills match at least 70% (I'm not a programmer, so I don't apply to developer jobs).As a former Project Manager, keywords DO matter. If the job spec says, "need experience with someone who (Escalates) potential problems..." but your resume says, (Mitigated) potential problems... While they both mean the exact same thing, they're looking for the keyword "escalate" so its in your best interest to tweak the words where you have comparable experience without fudging the truth.Since I've started doing this, I notice I'm get plenty more responses than sending one generic resume where I only change the title to fit the job applying to. Hopefully my efforts will pay off in the long run!
1 Would be Obama in the White House!
Regarding #4: assuming that you are applying for a position that "fits" you, how does the company know if you are sending your resume "far and wide"?
Oh, it happened to me about four years ago... they know because, if you apply for "everything" and not one specific job, when you do apply for that "specific" job, they may notice that they already have a copy of your resume in their system, which can be a strike against you - There are auto resume filtering systems now that can either reject you or "short list" you.You want to be short listed - it increases your chance of getting interviewed...
Another pile of crap. If you are over 50 and unemployed, you can pretty much use your resume to wipe yourself. Good news is companies like Home Depot, Lowes and Walmart will gladly take you in and give you wonderful hours, fantastic pay and the list goes on and on. Being retired and not having to put up with corporate crap is a beautiful thing.
Wallmart raised their starting pay to $8.50.hr. May I assume you are being sarcastic about being over 50 and getting a wonderful job?
#1 should have been vote for Obama
This article is sarcastic and confusing. Like a high school sophomore misunderstood the directions to an assignment. Hire some actual writers and post some useful material.P.S. NObama!
There is only one problem American has about job search and that is Obama.
Guess what Obama-haters... Hate the Corporations who Outsource - not the man who kept this country from falling into the toilet...
Their is some sarcasm in this but I think he is making a point. I had a hiring manager tell me to my face "you need the job, not me." which is true, she also made some other rude comments but when your the manager I guess you can. The office was in lower manhattan so I hope the power got knocked out there. I feel no remorse in saying that. Nobody cares anymore, I question the hiring practices of 80% of the companies out here so yea, maybe if you come across somewhat aloof you might get hired out here. Nobody wants an employee who can think, just be a robot. In my last job I was in management and had to make decisions. I made them headstrong and our clients loved that about me but my boss who is orginally from florida which now im learning is heavily divided by race and largely republican probably assumed I vote for obama cause im black when i didnt vote and wont vote because I knew him coming into office would split the country and make many blacks targets for racism. Needless to say she fired two other staffers then plotted to get rid of me, so I left. I never have been fired from a job and I didnt want that hanging over my head. I know my performance was not the issue. I had to settle for a "freelancer" position with a retail company in their human resource department at half the pay I did in spite of my years of experience and college degrees. All im saying is something has and is fishy and I find myself worse off than when O came into office so I am staying away from the polls. Voting doesnt bring change, working does. But because I am black potential employers who will most likely vote Romney and be dissapointed will assume I voted for Obama for the next 4 years. Im gonna start my own business so I dont have to ever worry about working for people who dont wanna hire me because of who they THINK I vote for or who they think I am striving to be like. I never saw anything in common with myself and Obama, he didnt grow up in gang territory on the southside of chicago like i did or have all the debt I did coming out of his college education and I am SEVERAL shades darker than he is. His power in office only stretches but so far, republicans run main street and wall street and thats where they exact their revenge....