Here is some of the job-hunting advice I have received from reputable sources recently:
• “You must find new connections on Linkedin. Send requests for informational interviews to people in your desired field. Ask for an ‘informational interview,' not a job, because it’s too much pressure–and inappropriate.”
• “Ask to take someone to coffee, but never for an informational interview. Everyone knows what that means and it’s just TOO MUCH PRESSURE!”
• “Your résumé should have a summary.”
• “Never, ever, ever have a summary on your résumé; it looks dated.”
• “For the love of God; you must keep your résumé to one page. The interviewers won’t read any more than that.”
• “Sweet merciful Mcgillicutty! Send a two-page, functional-format résumé. Otherwise, interviewers won’t read it.”
• “Oh, no, the long résumés suck.”
• “Interests and activities sections may be your doom. It will look like you have too many hobbies, and too little time for the job.”
• "Include an interests and activities section. It will make you look interesting and set you apart from other candidates.
I ponder all of the above when the national unemployment rate is mentioned.