Help me navigate the modern job search
March 7, 2013 11:43 AM Subscribe
I'm actively looking for a job for the first time in awhile, and whenever I sit down to write a cover letter and update my resume it's like my job application skills stopped developing in 1985 (nevermind that I wasn't old enough to apply for jobs then)
. I know that customs and expectations for resumes and cover letters have changed, not least because so much is done via email rather than hard copy, but I don't know how to adapt the stale job-seeking skills I learned from people who learned them 25 years ago to the modern job search.
posted by rhiannonstone to Work & Money (10 answers total) 49 users marked this as a favorite
I'm plenty comfortable with the online job search, and I've got an active LinkedIn profile, but when it comes to writing cover letters and resumes I fall back on being overly stiff and formal and relying on a lot of outdated formatting. Which I suppose is fine for some jobs, but doesn't seem to fit well with the sorts of modern, non-corporate companies and nonprofits I want to work for.
Do you have any good resources or advice for me?