From worrying about your resume to debating the perfect interview outfit, most people agree searching for a new job can be anxiety inducing. Seventy-eight percent of job seekers surveyed by Jibe, a recruiting software company, said they found searching for work stressful. Sixty percent went so far as to describe it as painful.
Many people surveyed said they were annoyed when they took the time to fill out complicated online job applications and then heard crickets from employers. Confusion about what companies are looking for from candidates only adds to the stress. If you’ve ever spent too much time wondering how long your resume should really be or the best way to follow up after an interview, you know what we’re talking about.
It’s not that you shouldn’t worry about the little details. Spelling someone’s name wrong, not sending a thank-you note after an interview, or having a hard-to-read resume will make an impression on an employer — and probably not a positive one. But some of the things job seekers stress about don’t matter nearly as much as they think they do.
Take resume fonts: Typography experts might think using Times New Roman on your resume is “like putting on sweatpants,” but unless you’re applying for jobs as a designer, the HR manager probably just wants something that’s easy to read.
Fretting over fonts isn’t the only thing that job seekers are spending way too much brain power on. If you’re looking for a job, don’t stress about these 10 things, which many employers just don’t care about.