you make up various reasons or excuses as to why you didn’t get the job, such
as ‘I didn’t have enough experience’ or ‘I didn’t seem intelligent enough’?
Well if you do, stop right there! The chances are none of these things had
anything to do with it. Here are the top 5 myths about job seeking:
person with the most brains always gets the job
You’ll find that nowadays companies are much more interested in a worker as a
whole. Being smart always helps but rest assured that is not all the employer
is looking for.
employer today wants to know that you are capable of completing a wide range of
tasks. They want you to have transferrable skills, a positive attitude and a
desire to learn as much as you can.
of experience is most important
wrong! The most important thing is transferrable skills. Of course there is no
doubt that there will be some jobs that require you to have previous direct
experience, but a lot of the time just showing that you have the capability to
succeed is enough. Don’t get down if you feel you don’t have the right skills
for a job. Instead focus on the skills you do have that could help you and
highlight these in your resume.
colleagues = career failure
myth. In fact this could be the complete opposite, in that dating your boss
could lead to career success, not that this is being condoned. As long as you
perform to your highest ability it really doesn’t matter who you date (however
don’t be caught groping someone in the copy room. Those things are best saved
can only find a job if you apply online
madness is this? Sure, online job searching is a different method but you’re
still not going to get anywhere fast if your resume is not up to scratch.
can apply for 100 jobs, online or otherwise, but if your resume is not selling
yourself or your skills then you won’t get hired.
letters are a waste of time
always, always attach a relevant cover letter to your resume. The only
exception to this rule is if the employer has specifically mentioned to not
send a cover letter.
of the time an employer will actually read your cover letter before even
glancing at your resume, and if it doesn’t stand out then there’s a high
possibility your resume won’t ever be read.