The job search is stressful. We’ve all been there and we all know how much pressure there is in this economy to go the extra mile in order to land a position. But sometimes that extra stress and pressure leads jobs seekers to over think things when it comes to their job search materials. There are plenty of things to stress about but the following five aren’t ones you should start going prematurely grey over.
1. Your college major. People change careers all the time. In most cases, employers just want to know you have a degree. And unless you’re interviewing for a specialty like medicine, finance, or even psychology, don’t sweat it if you’re major is not the field you’re interviewing in. If you have the necessary experience the job description asks for, your college major won’t be an issue.
2. Your GPA. Employers just want to know you can do the job and do it well. Unless you’re trying to get into a program where a high GPA is required, chances are, it’s not going to hurt your chances. As for whether it should go on your resume, for recent graduates, a good rule of thumb is include it if it’s 3.5 and higher. Once you’ve been out of school for a year or two, it’s time to let it go.
3. Your resume design. As long as you have an easy-to-scan, clean, and informative document highlighting your jobs and accomplishments, don’t worry about not having a fancy shmancy resume. Your experience and accomplishments will be enough. Besides, employers won’t expect major design work unless your applying for a design job.
4. Addressing your cover letter. While personal is always better, addressing your cover letter to the Hiring Manager isn’t going to kill your chances of getting your document read. I know many job seekers, myself included, who have still landed interviews and jobs without addressing this document to a specific person. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t attempt to figure out who you’re sending your cover letter to, just don’t stress if you can’t figure it out.
5. The thank you note. To email or to send a handwritten note, that’s the big question. I’ve discussed this with a few hiring managers and employers and the consensus is, as along as some kind of thank you note is sent, then it doesn’t matter. Employers just want to know they are being thought of and thanked for their time. Whether it’s email, parchment, or carrier pigeon (okay maybe not that last one), employers will be content with whatever you decide.