Let's face it - hunting for a job is no fun. When find ourselves in such a situation, it seems as if all our friends and family all have words of wisdom to offer. While they may mean well, sometimes this job-searching advice is based on false assumptions. U.S. News and World Reports reveals five job-search myths you can avoid to help keep you in the running until you’ve secured that perfect job.
The Resume is All About You
Actually, a well-written resume is tailored to highlight those areas that will be of greatest interest to your prospective employer. Every resume you send out should be tweaked so the focus is more about how you can fulfill the employer’s needs.
Job Recruiters Do It For You
Again, a common misconception. The recruiter will work to the benefit of their client -- whoever is paying their fees. If you hire the recruiter yourself, then you are the client. However, most times they are contracted by the employer, so the recruiter will keep the company’s best interest in mind. This is not to say you should avoid recruiters. Just remember they are only one tool in your employment toolbox; in the end, you should always rely on yourself and your own efforts.
Questions About the Company During the Interview
Any questions about the company should be limited to information that you cannot find on their website or through your other research. By asking informed questions, you stand a better chance of impressing your interviewer than by asking about easily-available facts.
Networking is About Getting Help
Yes and no. The real purpose of networking is to build and maintain relationships with individuals in your profession, and is both give and take. By showing you are able and willing to help others, they will be more likely to help you when the need arrises. This takes time and effort, and it’s never too late to start building your network.
Don't Reveal Dates on Your Resume if You're Older
It’s an old tactic that no longer works. Employers will try to get a feel for your age on your resume and in the interview. They may actually conclude you are older than you really are, which can work against you. Instead, use it as an asset to show your depth of experience.
Looking for a job is difficult, regardless of your age, education, or experience. But you are not alone. Basing your search on facts -- rather than myths -- is sure to improve your chances of getting that invitation to a digital interview where you can really show your stuff.