Looking for a new job is not easy, and can require a lot of work and energy. If you have cancer, it can seem even more challenging, because you’ll need to consider things related to treatment and recovery. As a result, you may feel inclined to take shortcuts, but doing so can ultimately make the process harder and longer. A recent editorial published in The Muse discusses the setbacks resulting from using shortcuts.
Shortcut 1: Putting the Word Out — in the Hope That Everyone Will Do the Work for You In general, people don’t just circulate other people’s resumes, so you’ll need to put in some effort — and be professional about it. At Cancer and Careers, we recommend setting up “informational interviews,” since they serve as structured networking meetings, with a bit less pressure than actual job interviews. They’re also a great way to share your resume with others, while at the same time showing them that you’re taking the job search seriously. Plus, it puts a face (yours) to a name, which can help if positions become available in the future.
Shortcut 2: Ignoring Additional Instructions Because They Seem Like Busywork If a job posting includes specific instructions, follow them. They are usually listed for a reason. If the application asks for a cover letter, definitely write one.
Shortcut 3: Sending Out the Same Resume to Everyone Take the time to tailor your resume to the specific position you are applying for, and include language that matches up with the job description.
For more job-search resources, please visit the Looking for Work section of our website, which includes access to our free Resume Review service, articles such as “Interviewing Methods & Tips,” and more! If you’re interested in learning more about how to conduct a successful informational interview, click here.