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4 Job Search Worries You Can Stop Stressing About

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Seeking new employment can be stressful—especially when you’re not already earning a paycheck somewhere. That stress cannot be totally mitigated, but perhaps it can be reduced. At the very least, jobseekers can stop stressing about the things that just don’t matter, saving their worry and their attention for the bigger, more significant issues.

In other words: Know what you should legitimately be concerned about, and what you can let go of. We’ll offer a few quick examples of the latter—four things that many jobseekers worry about, but really don’t need to.

Job Search Anxieties You Can Let Go

  • The occasional gap on your resume. While it’s certainly problematic to have a resume riddled with holes, a few short gaps here and there—especially ones in the distant past—are really nothing to fret about. Maybe you took three months off from your career to care for an ailing parent, or you took a sabbatical while you returned to school. An employer may very well ask you about these gaps, but all you have to do is give your explanation, and the employer will almost surely understand. It’s nothing to get hung up about.
  • Requests to contact your current boss. You may be asked if the hiring manager can get in touch with your current employer, as a reference—and you may prefer that this not happen. More likely than not, your job search is something you’d rather keep secret. The good news is, employers understand that, and declining this request is perfectly normal. Don’t hesitate to ask the hiring manager not to let the cat out of the bag with your current boss.
  • Jobs left off your resume. In the interest of telling your story, as succinctly as possible, you may want to omit a job listing or two from your resume—and that’s okay! Now, should you leave off a major job that leaves a seven-year gap on your resume? Probably not. But if you need to cut off your summer internship from back when you were 18, well, that’s not likely to be an issue.
  • An unwieldy list of references. You may have former employers or colleagues on your list who have since moved on, or even retired. Contacting them might be challenging—but that’s not really your concern. When a hiring manager asks you for references, he or she is only asking for your permission to contact those folks. The logistics aren’t your concern!

Another way to eliminate worry from your job search? Make yourself confident by getting a sparkling new resume. Start the process today by contacting the Grammar Chic team! You can reach our resume writing pros at 803-831-7444, or at www.grammarchic.net.

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Don’t Believe the Hype: 5 Common Job Search Myths

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‘Tis the season for commencement addresses and graduation gowns—and as so many young people are receiving their diplomas, they’re also hitting the job beat in full force. Hopefully, the recent or soon-to-be college grads in your life have already made progress toward gaining employment—but for those that haven’t, now is a perfect time to review some of the most significant myths and misconceptions about the job market. We’re going to run down five of the biggest ones, and attempt to reveal the truth behind the myths.

Your resume is all about you.

We’re going to begin with a couple of lethal misconceptions about resume writing. The biggest, and perhaps the most detrimental, is the notion that your resume is all about you. It is about you, to some extent—and a decent resume will condense your career history into an appealing narrative—but if it’s just a retelling of your professional story, then it’s unlikely to win over employers. A good resume is as much about the employer as it is you, in the sense that it positions you as an answer to whatever need the employer currently faces. Yes, you need to use your resume to tell your story—but not in a vacuum. Think about the values of your would-be boss as you craft this important piece of personal marketing collateral.

You need to devise some creative ways to stand out.

True enough: Employers are going to be flooded with resumes. And true enough: You need to stand out. However, standing out means winning over hiring managers with your professionalism, your depth of experience, or your well-composed resume—not by doing something completely outside the box or unorthodox, and certainly not by using crazy images and silly fonts on your resume. Remember also that, while you need to stand out to hiring managers, you also need to have your resume accepted by computer scanning programs—which means abiding by agreed-upon resume formatting and keyword standards.

Your reference check will only consist of names you provide.

While the references you provide may well be checked out, you should prepare yourself for the reality that many employers will check out your online background, including social media sites. We’ve said this before, but it’s important: It’s prudent to Google yourself before going in for any job interview, lest you be taken off guard by some questionable item from your past.

The job interview is about you selling yourself to a company, but also the company selling itself to you.

Speaking of the interview process, we have heard this rumor many times over, and it’s frankly untrue. Most of the companies you apply for are probably going to have plenty of applicants to choose from, and no particular mandate to “sell” themselves to you in any overt way. It’s up to you to do a little online research before the interview, ensuring you know what the company stands for and why you might want to work there.

Nobody reads cover letters.

Finally: If you think a resume is the only piece of marketing collateral you need, think again! Sure, your cover letter may get tossed out, unread, but that’s not always or even often the case. A great cover letter can make all the difference between you and another desirable candidate, so make sure you’ve got one handy—and tailored to each individual job opportunity.

Of course, the Grammar Chic, Inc. team stands ready to provide professional help with resume or cover letter writing. To learn more, call 804-831-744 or visit www.grammarchic.net today!

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