Job search myths

Kirsten H By Kirsten H, 18th Aug 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/_uu7.f92/
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Job hunting is not easy in this economy. Many people think there are certain rules you must abide by. The rules have changed.

The search

Advice is welcome when you are looking for a job. However there are many who give you bad suggestions. Hunting for jobs in this economy you want to put your best foot forward and know what you are doing. In order to do this you need to avoid common mistakes and myths. Be persistent and creative while job hunting.

Posting your resume on every job board

Many people think more is more, meaning the more you expose yourself on job boards the more successful job offers you will receive. Very few people get jobs through job boards. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Cover Letter

Many people do not realize the importance of a cover letter. Writing “Attached is my resume I look forward to hearing from you” will not get you an interview. Your cover letter is the time for you to show a potential employer your expertise. Take your time to tailor your cover letter to the job you are applying for.

Recruiters

Recruiters are a fantastic way to find a job. However, not all recruiters have your best interest in mind. There are recruiters that work on getting a certain amount of candidates to an interview. If you find your recruiter is sending you to jobs you are not qualified for, switch recruiters or go it alone.

The one page resume

The old school of thought your resume should only be one page is no longer true. Your resume is your selling kit to getting hired. This is your first impression to a company. You want it to shine and in order to you may need a two page resume. Keep it easy to read as employers look through hundreds of resumes a day.

Not hiring

There may be a company you would like to work for, however they are not posting any jobs at the present time. Take the time to call the HR Department and introduce yourself, let them know what position or career path you are interested in. Follow up with your resume and a thank you letter. The next time a position opens, the HR Department will remember you.

Job hopping

Don’t fret, if your resume shows that you have had several jobs over the last decade. This does not mean you won’t get an interview and potentially hired. In this economy employers are recognizing that many people have been laid off or had to move to another company to get a promotion.

Around the corner

Stick to your job search and do your best stand out. In this economy it is takes longer than usual to find that next job. Avoid these mistakes to give you an edge on the competition.

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Hire, Job Search, Job Seeking, Misconception, Recruit, Resume

Meet the author

author avatar Kirsten H
I am a freelance writer who has written for local magazines and am expanding my portfolio to the web. I enjoy putting my thoughts on paper, or computer nowadays!

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author avatar Retired
8th Dec 2010 (#)

Excellent

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Jun 2015 (#)

Spreading the word around and networking is important - now we have social media to help too - siva

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