Don't Be An Outdated Job Seeker

We often see a lot of outdated job search techniques from people in the job market. Here's some ways you might be an outdated job seekers according Roy Cohen, career coach and author of The Wall Street Professional's Survival Guide.

- The Technique: ...You still send a hand written thank you note.  No matter how sincere or heartfelt the gesture, you look like a dinosaur.  When you have a meeting, you make a far better impression with immediate follow up via email.  You make it clear that you are comfortable using technology.  Besides expressing your gratitude subliminally through a timely response, you also convey your interest in the position and the desire to move forward.

- The Technique: ...You believe that recruiters will be your advocates in job search.  Remember: Recruiters are hired by the companies who pay them a fee for finding candidates who check all of the boxes.  Few of us ever do. Why else would companies spend increasingly precious dollars unless a recruiter delivers a candidate who matches word for word the job description.  When you relinquish responsibility for your job search to individuals who will not promote you as powerfully as you can promote yourself, you leave your future and your welfare up to individuals who do not necessarily see you as a priority.

- The Technique: ...You don't prepare for the initial phone screen or for your conversation with HR - Every step in the interview process is important.  Nowadays, most companies use the phone or SKYPE for the initial screen and to save on time and travel expense.  It is just like any other interview.  Dress appropriately and prepare thoroughly as you would for an in-person meeting.  When it comes to your interview with HR never presume that this individual is uninformed about the business or an annoying waste of time.  Treat your HR interviewer with respect and always assume that he or she is knowledgable on some level as to the company, the culture, and the role.  Besides, a nix at this stage can be easily avoided with the right attitude and by preparing for the obvious questions HR will always ask: about  salary, employment history, and cultural "fit".