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Least Favorite Job Search Phase
Be The Captain of Your Own Ship Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

Recently I attended a networking event for job seeking HR professionals. One of the topics that came up was the variety of opinions from different recruiters surrounding each detail of a job search. With all these choices, whose opinion is correct? The answer is "Yours".

Recruiting is not a science. If it was a college course, it would be part of the psychology curriculum. To be a good recruiter, you must have good insight and be able to "read" people but your background can vary. Most recruiters that I know started in another career and then became recruiters later on. My career started in computer sales. Go figure!

Because recruiting is not a science but instead involves people skills, opinions can vary drastically from person to person because people vary drastically.

Take for example the one page resume debate. If you surveyed 100 recruiters, how many do you think would believe that your resume should be one page? The answer is probably a handful. If you asked the same group about a two page resume and a three page resume, you would find many different opinions as well.

As for the cover letter debate, some recruiters read them while others don't. Some agree that you should send one regardless, and others say that they don't read them so you might as well not bother.

What is a job seeker supposed to do when faced with this all this insanity? How is a person supposed to decide what to do?

The answer is actually quite simple. The most important opinion that matters is yours. Your goal should be to take in all the information that you can and to organize it in such a way that you can analyze the results. Then, choose what makes the most sense for you. That will be the right answer.

However, please use common sense. If a someone tells you that it's OK to chew gum in an interview or that it's OK to wear flip flops and a T-shirt to a company with a casual dress code, think twice about following that person's advice.

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
In your job search, you are the captain of your ship. You get to decide how to do things, when to do things, and if to do things at all. Always consider multiple opinions before you decide what to do. But, the right opinion will always be your own because deep down inside, you always know what's right for you.
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!