Is there a way to check online career advice?
When I see an article shared, I check the author. There are many people in the career industry I know personally. I have no trouble accepting their advice.
Sometimes mainstream press articles actually ask people who work in the career industry and most of the time I agree with that online career advice.
When I see an article that is written just to garner attention and views repeating tired strategies that give bad advice like the one page resume or don’t use color or stay away from anything graphic, I cringe.
What is the worst online career advice?
I hate it when an article focuses on only how to win a job through the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) and lists all kinds of rules to make sure you can pass through the ATS systems.
I create presentation resumes in Microsoft Word and convert those to PDF versions and text or ASCII versions.
You should be using the value-filled, compelling presentation resume to network and to email contacts you already know. Most people focus far too much on the ATS version so they avoid anything that actually will draw in the human reader.
I believe in creating advocates who will help you through the door to the job you really want. It is much more work but you will get a job you really want instead of fighting the online system.
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