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job search, job advice, job tips

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Anyone who is experiencing a job search is sure to get advice from friends, family, professors, past coworkers and pretty much anyone else with an opinion!

There are some pieces of advice that have almost become commonplace – but the problem is that these tips should NOT be taken at face value. When someone hears “treat your job search like your full-time job”, that can be mis-perceived as “work 40 hours a week on your job search.” And as a Career Coach I can tell you that it’s not that simple.

Nonetheless, people love to share these one-liner pieces of advice like job seeking gospel.

US News & World Report recently ran a great piece calling out 7 such pieces of advice, claiming “some can actually hurt a job search or career.” Below is their list, but I highly recommend you read the article to get more insight into WHY these tips aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

1. “Going to grad school will make you more marketable.

2. “Treat your job search like a full-time job if you want to be successful.”

3. “It no longer matters how long your résumé is.”

4. “Offer to work for a week for free to prove yourself to an employer.”

5. “If an interviewer asks about your weaknesses, answer with something positive.”

6. “Following up with an employer after you apply for a job shows persistence and enthusiasm.”

7. “Track down the hiring manager’s name so that you can address your cover letter to the right person.”

Which one of these tips have you heard the most? Any others you would add to the list?