Rules will always be rules. Most of the time they have to be followed or else society will never be organized as they are today. Rules make us do things that will help our economy, our personal lives and our government.
Most of the rules are never absolute. There will always be an exception in some cases. Humans may have to follow rules all the time, but certain conditions compel us to bend rules a little.
The rules in job searches are also never absolute. In fact, rules in job searches are very flexible if you just know how to adapt.
The following are the rules that could be followed with their exceptions.
You will always be advised to keep your resume as formal as possible. This is true since applicants have to give an impression of professionalism above everything else.
But that is not really an absolute rule especially when you are applying for a company that requires creativity above everything else. Show them how you can be creative in your resume and catch their attention fast.
This rule is enforced on individuals who do not want to bore hiring managers. Hiring managers on the other hand also prefers a single page resume – it is easy to read and you will know how concise a person could write about himself or herself.
But that may not be true for those who are very experienced and their experience is related to the company they are planning to work with. Although it is desirable to provide them with a single page resume, it will never do justice to what you have actually done for the previous companies.
If this rule is followed from the very start, then no one will have a career since everyone has to start from being inexperienced. Do not be saddened with the fact that you do not have any job experience.
Companies are not looking for someone who knows the industry like the back of their hands; companies are looking for individuals who are able to provide solutions to their problems. When you are being interviewed, project that notion that you are in for a long haul and you are a problem solver.
A general rule will dictate that you need to provide and impression that you have a great time with your previous job but you need to move on for some reason.
But there is an exception. If you did resign because something bad happened at work, never hesitate to tell your potential employer about it. If you resigned because you were offended in anyway, personally and professionally, tell your potential employee about it. Most of the time, they will understand you and know that you are a professional and would continue to do so when you start working for them.
These are some simple rules that you can overlook. Always remember that the getting hired or just to be noticed is more important than all the rules in job hunting.