ventional job search advice, isn’t so conventional any longer. It used to be said ‘get out there and leave your resume at every business you can think of.’ ‘It’s a numbers game. Sooner or later, you will get a job.’ ‘You didn’t get hired. Well, that’s their loss isn’t it.’ ‘Your job is just around the corner … ‘
While people want to be helpful to you in your job search, hollow platitudes don’t help you land your job.
It might be more helpful to change the question to ‘what conventional job search advice no longer works?’
Once upon a time, it was advised that you start your resume off with your Objective Statement i.e. what kind of a job you were looking for and how it would help you. Nobody cares about that anymore. It is like stating the obvious. Of course you are looking for a job, that’s why you submitted your resume in the first place.
Now you should be self-promoting in your resume. How can you solve the employer’s problem? What do you bring to the table? What have you done in the past and how can you help the employer now?
Once upon a time, you were advised to record everything on your resume that you ever did in your employment history. Now, you should only be adding work experience that has been crafted towards meeting the requirements of the job you are applying for. The shotgun approach is out in favour of a laser focussed one.
Conventional job search advice was to dress conservatively for the job interview. In some situations, dressing a little out of the norm, may land the job for you.
My son landed a job with a tongue-in-cheek resume. He framed himself as an expert in everything there was to know about. The truth was quite the opposite, but they admired his creativity.
My daughter-in-law landed a job at a video store when she told them she liked to explore other genders. She had meant to say ‘genres’ which totally changed the conversation. Since the video store had an ‘adults only’ area her openness to explore other genders came in handy.
As originally answered on Quora.com