3 Terrible Job Search Tips You Should Ignore

October 12th, 2018

By Mary MacArthur, Toronto Technology Recruiter

If you are considering making a career change, the odds are you plan to or have confided in someone you trust to get some job search tips. Perhaps you’ve asked a mentor, trusted colleague, or even Mom or Dad for tips.

Even though they may have good intentions, they could actually be providing you with advice that could hurt your job search rather than help it.

Only follow your passion

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You hear this frequently: Follow your passion and you will never work a day in your life. It’s a nice concept, and it works for some people. But there is a lot more to it. Many people don’t realize their passion or have a career focus until after they’ve completed college and started working. Before you can follow your passion, understand which qualifications you need and steps you need to take before you can turn your passion into a realistic career option.

Remember, what you are passionate about and what you are good at can be very different. For example, you may have a passion for basketball, but this doesn’t mean you should focus on trying to make it to the NBA.

More is better

Applying for every job that you are remotely qualified for doesn’t guarantee you will find a job. It could actually hurt your chances. Less is more. Focus on finding a select few positions you really want and focus your time and efforts on the application process. You are better off spending hours applying for the job you really want than trying to apply for as many jobs as possible.

Stay away from startups / You don’t want to work for a large corporation

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When you ask people for job search advice, you can also expect to get a fair share of personal opinions. People may tell you to stay away from startups because they are unstable. They may also tell you to stay away from large companies because they are stagnant and boring. So, who are your supposed to work for?

Any type of company can be a great opportunity and career choice. You just need to make sure it fits your career path and provides you with the opportunity you are seeking.

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Mary MacArthur

Mary is responsible for recruitment activities within the IT space, where she works as part of a larger team to ensure that all clients are fully serviced with high quality candidates. A native Montrealer with a background in Communications from McGill University, she began her career in newspaper ad sales. She has now found her home in executive search and recruitment, where she’s able to leverage her bilingual and international experience to help her find the best candidates for her clients.