Job Search Myth: Submitting a Resume is Enough

October 17th, 2013 | Articles, Job Search | No Comments »

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Myths can be persistent. Some are easily shooed away but others, the truly resilient ones, comfortably pass between people like the flu through a 4th grade class. Sadly, the realm of job search advice isn’t immune to these types of forgeries. In fact, there are job search myths aplenty, so we’re making it our duty to help shed light on some of the more erroneous tips.

Myth: Submitting a Resume is Enough

This job search myth hurts your chances because it implies you can’t do anything to boost your odds of acquiring an interview. All power and influence, according to this myth, rests in the hands of the hiring manager. The worst part is that this line of thinking sabotages you more for your lack of action than anything else.

Legions of people may apply to any given position, leaving hiring managers with the daunting task of sifting through an inbox of applications. The sheer quantity makes it essential for hiring managers to limit their reading time: about 6 seconds for resumes and 15-20 for cover letters. That means, that the hundreds applying for a given position might simply get a pass or fail rating.

Then, when interviews are being scheduled, the candidates that are green lit might be chosen based on when they applied or, if the applicant was smart, whether or not the person followed up on the opportunity. Be one of those people.

Don’t Fade Away

It’s true that you definitely need to give your application some breathing room. Anything within the first 48 hours can be obnoxious. After that, a healthy reminder to show that you’re still interested never hurts. In your message, either by phone or email, you need to keep things concise. Don’t write the equivalent of another cover letter. Just ask about your current status, restate your interest, and thank the hiring manager for his or her time.

Just don’t become a nuisance. Spamming inboxes or Facebook accounts with your incessant pleading will not help your cause in the end. If you start to approach stalker territory, then you’ve gone too far. A message (or two max) should be enough to keep you in the running and remind the hiring manager that you’re a good fit.

by James Walsh

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