10 Pieces of Lame Job-Search Advice

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10 Pieces of Lame Job-Search Advice
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Wed, 11-21-2012 - 2:51pm

Not every piece of job search advice you hear is worth following. In fact, some of it is downright bad and will hurt your chances. Here are 10 pieces of advice that you should ignore every time:

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2012/07/09/10-pieces-of-lame-job-search-advice

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Sun, 11-25-2012 - 7:44pm

I liked this one:

2. You need to track down the hiring manager's name so that you can address your cover letter to him or her.

Reality: This is another unnecessary step. If the hiring manager's name is easily available, go ahead and use it. But you don't need to call to track it down or do other sleuthing. Hiring managers rarely think, "Wow, this person took the trouble to call and find out my name. What amazing initiative!" It just doesn't matter that much, so instead put that time into writing a great cover letter.

I'd also add that if you do happen to easily locate the hiring managers name make sure you are certain of that persons gender so you address them properly.  I can't tell you how many times I've come across hiring managers with unisex names and couldn't find a mention of Mr. or Mrs./Ms. anywhere.  Rather than make an awkward phone call I just opted for the generic "To Whom It May Concern" instead.

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Thu, 11-29-2012 - 4:14pm

Oh yes, much better to use "To Whom It May Concern" than to put the wrong gender! Frustrating though, when you have the name!