Outdated Job Search Advice You May Still be Following

When you’re on the job hunt, everyone is full of advice. From your grandfather telling you to wear your best suit, to your best friend making you promise to avoid telling any of your famous jokes. Just about everyone you know will have some vital “do or don’ts” to share. Job seekers know that sometimes information overload can often make the job search more stressful than it needs to be.


How do you know which advice is sound and what tips are outdated? Many applicants, especially those worn a little thin from prolonged searching, often follow obsolete advice that winds up at dead ends. At Malone Workforce Solutions, our focus has been providing opportunities for job seekers for decades. Over time, we’ve learned first hand the most effective tips for landing a job, temporary or permanent. Here is a list of four of the most outdated job-hunting tips you should empty out of your toolbox before your next round of searching.


Door-to-door job hunting

Maybe back in your grandfather’s job hunting days this approach opened doors, but nowadays walking into a company and handing them a resume produces little results. We live in the era of smartphones, tablets and the cloud; employers want to see that you can navigate this technology like a pro. Cold calling in person for open positions is rarely an effective use of time.

Stating an objective on your resume

It used to be the start of every polished and professional resume – a career goal. The rationale for an objective is to show your potential employer what you are hoping to get out of this position and the company. This can now be better accomplished with a cover letter. Starting out with an objective makes the resume more about what the company can do for you, as opposed to what you can do for the company. A well-written cover letter can do both.

Including your GPA on your education

While you might have accumulated an impressive overall grade during your college years, chances are your employer is more interested in your real world successes than your academic record. A high GPA shows your commitment to education, but it doesn’t really prove anything to your employer. Plus, including your GPA can appear like bragging. If the job requires transcripts, then your GPA will be revealed there. If it doesn’t, you can use a former professor as a reference. It’s likely they will extrapolate on your academic record.

Withholding references from your resume

Traditionally, at the end of a resume you’d find the line: References available upon request. Now however, it’s more common to go ahead and list the information for the three-to-four references. This makes the background check steps easier and more accessible for employers. Be sure to include all available contact information, including phone and email. Some references may even be comfortable with you listing their cell phone numbers. Be sure to ask first if a contact is willing to be a reference before listing them on your resume.


If you are interested in improving your resume, check out Malone Staffing Solutions. Our recruiting and staffing services can meet your job search needs and help you achieve your career goals.

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