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The Big Misconception About Job Applications That Is Ruining Your Search

The Big Misconception About Job Applications That Is Ruining Your Search
From Recruiter - November 17, 2016

In the 1989 film Field of Dreams, Kevin Costners character builds a baseball field after hearing a voice say, If you build it, he will come. As job seekers, it seems we often take a similar approach.

Let me explain. When looking for a job, we focus a tremendous amount of energy on building perfect resumes, making fantastic LinkedIn profiles, and writing compelling cover letters. We pour hours of work into these items. Then, the clock starts ticking. Months pass. We become increasingly frustrated.

We begin to wonder, Why havent I found a job by now?

The problem is a rumor has been going around. The rumor is this: If youre interested in a job, the only thing you need to do is apply online. If youre the right person for the job, the company will call you.

It makes sense that many would believe this rumor. Its the official line companies have been telling us for years.

This approach seems perfectly reasonable and allows us to avoid our biggest job-seeking fears. For example, contacting a hiring manager directly can be a scary thing. We might be rejected. We might bother them, and then they wont want to hire us. So we stick with the safe online route.

Then, when we receive the automated rejection email, we try to make up a list of reasons as to why we werent the best candidate. We assume something must be wrong with us. Maybe it was ourresume. It might be our experience, our education, or even our age. This isan awful process that can damage even the the most confident professionalsself-esteem.



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