Outdated Job Search Advice You Should Stop Following

Looking for a job is one of the most dreaded activities of the big, bad world when a fresher steps into it. But whether it is trying to get rid of the “fresher” tag, or changing jobs or careers midway through life, looking for a job becomes an intricate dance of knowledge, assessment, networking, and searching. There are several ways to go about it, one of which are the suggestions we encounter from well-meaning friends and family members. In desperation, a job-seeker might follow all the random, half-baked advice that is thrown his way, and cannot distinguish between useful advice and the detrimental kind, all because it comes from someone they tend to trust, or just want to try everything. Thus, the job seeker ends up committing several gaffes that may reduce his chances of landing that dream job.

In order to be a well-rounded job applicant, one may do well to remember to flow with the times and change according to changing trends.
Tactics and Techniques of Application
Every organization has their own modus operandi for recruitment. Trying to go against it to show how unique you are is not wise. Depending on the kind of job applied for, tactics of application must change. If you’re applying for a teaching or local job, sending in a personal application would be preferred instead of applying online. If applying in IT or software development, apply through their online system that has probably been specifically developed for recruitment.
Respect Hiring Managers’ Time
Scary interviewer.
If the ad specifically tells you to send in your CV by E-mail, then send it by E-mail and not snail mail, and don’t keep calling to ask whether they’ve received “online and offline copies” to show how dedicated you are. Chances are they take a little time to sift through all incoming applications. People already short on time will not appreciate anyone persistently interrupting them from doing their work. If it’s been too long, make one call if this is important to you. Else move on.

Listening Only to Your Parents
Building a network.
Most of us end up listening to parental advice that is terribly outdated because we know they don’t mean harm to us and we trust them. However, most parents do not know the current scenario, and have not written a CV or appeared for an interview in years, and thus they end up having no idea regarding the current situation. Depending on how well versed they are, take advice. But also have other avenues of help open.