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Poll: Which Job Search Task Would You Skip?

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Job search can be extremely frustrating, especially in this economy.

Unfortunately, looking for a job requires a lot of hard work. Writing cover letters, sending out resumes, updating your LinkedIn account, and networking can really drain a person.

So, if you could choose one task you could skip, what would it be?

Would you pass on drafting cover letter after cover letter? Would you delete your LinkedIn account if you could?

Please take our poll and tell us what you think in the comment section below!

What job search task would you want to skip the most?

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Ariella Coombs

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8 comments

  1. Tennessee Nielsen

    Job seekers hate cover letters because they require precision and customization – and reveal their true ability to communicate! Any office worker and professional needs to master the cover letter.

  2. I find cover letters to be redundant and unnecessary. The resume should stand alone as the thing that catches the employer’s eye… especially since most have several versions of their resume but need to write an individual letter for each position to go with it! It’s time consuming and can be daunting and discouraging because the extra effort does not guarantee a job. If the employer wants to know more beyond the resume, isn’t that what the interview is for? I had gotten jobs without cover letters… get rid of them.

  3. Michelle j Vitale

    I don’t mind it all, because it is alla challenge that has to be accomplished no matter what. The revising of resumes and cover letters for each application becomes tedious but none the less it has to be done. Sometimes it gets discouraging but if we keep our focus on the end result, the outcome will be positive. We can beat ourselves up and stay down in the mud, or get back up and continue on. No one person who was ever successful did it without making many mistakes at first. Keep pushing forward folks!

  4. I wouldn’t skip or want to skip any of the above job search tasks above because I believe they all important. I know as a job seeker we do get tired of doing these tasks but we must in order to get considered for a job. I personally just keep doing it, stay focused and positive without giving up because I know a new job is coming! You just got to Hold On if you believe in God or any other Higher Power they will not let you down believe me.

  5. Networking…I am good at it, and know what to do, but hate it just the same. Also–as per an earlier comment, my least favorite part of the job search is the complicated process of navigating the unique characteristics of the various organizations’ application processes. Multiple passwords; lengthy pages of (to me) repetitive information, always requested in different formats; the (frequent) inability to upload .pdf cover letters for which I can control the quality and style of presentation. I am weary, but I know that these are all necessary evils.

  6. To explain my “Other” response: I am searching for other federal jobs, and I would skip the unduely complicated application process. It seems that each and every application is like filing taxes, even with the significant upgrades and automation that have come into the system in the last couple of years. It is still 20+ page electronic forms, plus a resume, plus detailed history documentation, plus, plus, plus! Then, after uploading all of that, a person completely unfamiliar with the job and its terminology will screen the package and may drop you out of the running because they do not recognize the language and acronyms of the positions. Imagine a situation where the person screening resumes for a nursing position thinks that “IV” is a roman numeral and “CPR” has something to do with accounting.

  7. I would eliminate customizing resumes for each position.

    Even as a career coach, I always found it challenging to keep the different variations of describing skills organized. Since I rephrase my resume based on each vacancy announcement, sometimes I search through ten different versions to splice together the bullets and language I want to reuse for a current application.

  8. Interviewing! That’s the hardest part for me because I get really nervous. Sometimes I get so nervous that I actually start shaking. I say things that I don’t mean to say. The nervousness makes me overconfident, and I feel like I have to say whatever I can to impress the employer. Now writing? That’s a piece of cake.

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