Q: Why do I constantly get conflicting answers to job search questions, no matter who I ask?
A: Because looking for a job is an art, not a science. Some people’s opinions are more informed than others, but even they can disagree.
Try not to add frustration on top of an already challenging process; sift and weigh the advice you get and make judgments that fit best for you and your search. And then, if something’s not working, change your approach.
In this way, the fallback advice you got may come in handy, too.