Why There Are No Rules to the Job Search

We’ve been writing this blog for quite some time now and we have a lot of heuristics for what a lot of managers like to see that we share with people. One of the things I always tell people before I give them any advice is there “There is no right or wrong way to apply for a job. The right way is the way that gets you hired.”

As a recruiter I meet with hiring managers all the time, and they’re all looking for something different. Here are some heuristics we give to people that aren’t necessarily true all the time.

1. Keep Your Resume to 2 Pages – I don’t know who came up with this, but it’s bologna…especially if you have 30 years’ experience. As long as you’re not including a lot of irrelevant information and the resume is well written, there’s nothing wrong with it being longer.

2. Use “proper” formatting – There is no such thing as a “proper” format when it comes to your resume and cover letter. You still need to spell everything correctly, but if you’re applying to a creative or “outside the box” type of company, a traditional resume might not be as appealing as something “outside of the box.”

3. Have an objective statement – Don’t! They are the worst. They don’t say anything and they take up valuable real-estate on your resume, and recruiters have a difficult time not rolling our eyes at them. Replace it with an overview of your skills.

If there were real rules to the job search, only those who are qualified for a job would apply to that job. Everyone would be interviewed, and hiring managers would use a complicated metric to identify who the top performer was… but that’s not how it works. Don’t get bogged down following rules. 

About the Author

ProfileScott Keenan is a Recruiter for Priority Personnel Inc., with several years’ experience recruiting in both the public and private sectors in addition to marketing and social media roles. As a self-described professional cynic, he provides unique insight into modern recruiting from both the recruiter and candidate’s perspective. You can follow him on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn