Looking for work can be one of the most daunting and stressful experiences of your life, so it’s easy to see the appeal in letting others do all the hard work for you. In some cases it even makes good business sense, especially if you sub-contract out the bits you struggle with to increase your chances of getting the perfect role.
The danger, however, lies in taking it too far and letting others decide your career future. By giving up control, you might actually be sabotaging your chances of finding the position that best suits you.
The spray and pray technique: Some companies will send your resume out for any role remotely fitting your requirements. So you might be paying someone to spam perspective employers.
Be specific: Resumes that are tailored to meet the requirements of each role are proven to provide a higher probability of success. A one-size-fits-all approach rarely works.
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You lose control of your future: The very nature of outsourcing your job search means you often don’t even know which companies you’re applying to, let alone the details of specific roles. You spend more time at work than you do with your loved ones, so why would you hand control over your career to someone else?
More harm than good: While it’s true that with hundreds of resumes being sent out on your behalf you’ll likely receive some follow-up calls, most – if not all – will be positions in which you’ll have no interest. Not only are you wasting your time, but the time of potential employers.
You get caught out: Even if you do get a bite from a prospective employer that would normally strike your fancy, you’ll be completely unprepared to deal with the approach in an informed and knowledgeable way. For example, with no idea of what, or to whom, you’ve applied – you won’t have done any of the required background research.
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Professional assistance is the exception: If you really struggle with creating the perfect resume which accurately portrays who you are, or your interviewing technique needs a polish, there’s nothing wrong with bringing in some professional help. Just remember they’re there to offer advice, not make your decisions for you.
- The spray and pray approach is lazy
- Don’t be caught unprepared
- You need to control your own future