Despite today’s developing technology, many job applicants are still stuck using outdated job-search tactics. While some traditional tactics may still work their magic, a handful of these tricks are already outdated, if not totally useless.  That’s why career coaches always make it a point to keep up to date with the latest trends in recruitment.

Technology changes how hiring managers today pick their best candidates. Gone are the days when jobseekers have to visit offices personally just to drop their application package.

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To make sure you don’t miss out, here are some things to keep in mind before you send another application:

Drop the “Career Objective” and Exaggerated “Reasons to Hire me” Approach

Your resume has 6 seconds to make an impression. Six seconds- that short! So don’t waste the valuable top part of your resume by starting off with a “Reasons to Hire Me” or “Career Objective” section.

Recruiters couldn’t care less of your career objectives. They don’t care if you want to find a job where you can hone your skills or climb the career ladder. They care about what you can do for the company—not what the company can do for you or your career

Applicants get hired because a hiring manager believes in his capabilities to do the job correctly, not because of fancy words or exaggerated achievements. Grovelling and subtly begging for an interview by means of your cover letter doesn’t work either. Focus on authentic AND realistic achievements listed beside each job you held. If necessary, prepare to back up said achievements with a reference or performance report.

Remove the Numerous Bullets Detailing Your Job Description

Long resumes are a thing of the past. Years ago, those with longer resumes were seen to be more experienced and capable. Those resumes had detailed bullet points of what a person did in a certain job. It’s no longer effective in today’s job market though. Recruiters prefer candidates who can think outside the box and do more than what is expected of them. In short, generic job descriptions don’t work.

Use only 3-4 bullet points in your job description. If you can, summarize your job description in 1 bullet point, then use the remaining points to illustrate your problem-solving abilities and other specific skills your prospective employer is looking for.

Time is of the essence, and most hiring managers only take seconds in skimming through numerous resumes of applicants.


And Obviously….

Take the ‘Dear Sir or Madam’ or ‘To Whom It May Concern’ Away

While most jobseekers prefer to write cover letters, there’s a danger in starting letters with the generic ‘Dear Sir or Madam’ or ‘To Whom It May Concern’. Take the time to find the name of the Hiring Manager or the Recruiter of a company through Linkedin or whichever job board you’re using.

New career coaching trends indicate that jobseekers should try to step out of these outdated strategies and begin to adjust to today’s changing technology. By breaking these traditions, you will have a better chance in landing a better job quicker.

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Paul Bailey

Paul is a highly experienced Business Coach, Mentor and Personal Development Specialist. He works with people to enhance business and personal performance through a process of supported self-awareness and self- development. Paul is the Co-Author of the book 80 Tips.