How much of a job search expert do you think you are? Would you be able to tell the difference between a myth and the correct rules to follow while job hunting? Unfortunately, there are plenty of strategies, rumors, and misconceptions out there about how to find a job. Let’s expose some of the most common myths of the job hunt and help you to get through your job search successfully!
Myth #1: Job ads represent all of the available jobs
Although looking at job ads is a good way to start your process, it is important to not rely solely on them. There are open jobs that are not necessarily advertised on the common job board. In fact, the majority of the available jobs are not advertised, and are actually marketed on what is known as a “hidden or closed market”. Typically, the higher the salary of a job, the less likely that it will be publicly advertised. Try reaching out to people within your professional network to gain access and get recommended for the jobs that are not advertised.
Myth #2: Lowering your job salary demands makes you a more attractive candidate
When it comes to the topic of money when discussing a potential job, you want to allow the employer to be the one to initiate the topic of conversation. Despite what you may think, lowering your demands will not raise your chances of getting an offer. Instead, it translates into you looking desperate for a job, potentially lowering your chances of getting the job offer. Even if you were to get the job due to a lower salary, it does not leave you feeling accomplished in your career path. You could feel unhappy since you lowered your potential.
Myth #3: The most qualified job seekers get the job
There are many components considered when looking at a job candidate. These considerations go further than just what is seen on the resume. Although the skills listed on your resume are important, the way you interview and how your personality translates are also large factors in the hiring process. Employers also consider how different candidates will fit into the company culture and if they will work well with their team. Don’t psych yourself out over your resume; stay confident and prove how you are the best person for the job.
Myth #4: When unemployed, you should accept your first offer
Even though you are unemployed and may be desperate to find a job, accepting the first offer is not necessarily the best career move. It is important to weigh your options in order to find a job that is the best fit for you. One option to consider while looking for the right job, is temporary or contract work. Sometimes you may have to accept an offer that is not exactly what you are looking for, but one that will be a stepping stone towards the direction you you want your career to take.
Myth #5: You think that you do not need to prepare for an interview
Do not take an interview opportunity for granted. You always want to do your homework and demonstrate your knowledge for both the company and the position you are interviewing for. To start, look at the company’s website, but don’t just stop there. Another great source of information are the company’s annual reports. In addition to demonstrating your knowledge of the company, be able to explain your experiences and how they clearly translate into this new role.
Myth #6: A cover letter is unimportant
A cover letter does more than introduce your resume, it is the place to explain why you are qualified for the job. You want to be writing a custom cover letter for each individual job you are applying for. This is a place where you can also put skills that may not be stated in your resume. However, be sure your cover letter is not repetitive to your resume.