Don'ts when looking for a job

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The threat of mass layoffs made job seekers aggressive and inadequate.

Believe in yourself and… be modest

It is possible to find a job during the crisis. The key points are: no panic, a strict system of priorities, setting goals, self-confidence and no thoughts about obstacles.

But some psychologists say self-confidence is great but still you should be a realist. If some time ago good specialists were sure any employer was just waiting for them to appear, the situation has changed. In this connection, one will have to correct their ambitions and be rather unpretentious as far as the salary is concerned.

Killing power of a resume

It comes as no surprise that namely on the basis of a resume an employer gets the first impression of a job-seeker. For example, as some staff managers remark, employers can be put on their guard by a frequent (several times a year) and illogical (e.g., a person worked as a sales manager and then occupied the position of HR manager) change of a job, obtrusive positioning yourself as an "ideal employee". But this only a top of an iceberg as some resumes literally kill employers by their inadequacy and lack of logics.

Basing on such resumes, one can say that in the heads of their creators everything's messed up.

Another statement one rather often comes across is something like "I'll work in accordance with the skills I possess." It's not bad, of course, but bear in mind a person doesn't have any work experience. A question is bound to arise how he/she can possess these skills. Are they really that valuable?

It is interesting that the presence of some redundant information on a resume is compensated by the lack of really important data. For instance, a person states the date of birth but not the year of birth.

Hobby is another story. For example, an applicant who would like to occupy a serious position of some manager says that in his free time he enjoys sewing soft toys. No doubt, this hobby is great but it doesn't match the text of the resume and makes an impression a person does not quite understand the seriousness of the position he/she'd like to occupy.

Don't be rude!

Having polished your resume, experts advise you should polish your skills of a telephone conversation and interview as well since for some applicants it's rather problematic, too.

People seeking for a job during the crisis program themselves in advance that there will be obstacles and failures. That's why their reaction to the most traditional questions is inadequate sometimes.