9 Job Hunting Myths Busted

Posted May 30, 2019, by Jenny Sakr

Are you currently on the market for a new job? Decided to embark on the almighty job hunt?

To be successful you need to stop believing in these job-hunting myths and turn your focus on the best ways to get the attention of the hiring manager.

Before you set off on your path to landing your dream job, have a read of these 9 job search myths…

Myth #1: Sending out more CVs = more job interviews

Mass emailing countless copies of your resume to potential employers is not going to bring you luck. The key to a successful job hunt is quality, not quantity. Take the time to tailor your resume for jobs and companies you actually want to work for, otherwise, you’re just wasting your and the hiring manager’s time.

Myth #2: No one hires during the holidays

Yes, the hiring process does slow down during the holiday period but this does not mean you should bring your job hunt to a complete halt. Even though it’s not a peak period it’s important to remember it still does go on and job opening are being filled.

Myth #3: Is it too late to make a career change

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, it’s never too late to change carers! If you want to explore a totally new career then go for it we say. Find transferable skills you can pop on your resume or why not create new ones by studying a course in your new chosen field.

Myth #4: A slow response means you’ve been rejected

Sometimes things get in the way of a company making a hiring decision. From budget issues to people being away…. just because a company takes a while to get back to you after you’ve sent your CV or gone in for an interview, not all hope can be lost. We agree it’s not ideal to be left hanging, however, a gentle follow-up email to see where they’re at never goes astray.

Myth #5: If you ask for a lower salary you’re more likely to get the job

Don’t sell yourself short. If you’re confident you’re worth the money then don’t be afraid to ask for it. At the end of the day, when companies hire, they want the person with the best experience and skills, a few thousand here or there won’t mean make or break between you landing the role. Note: Be sure not to overvalue yourself. See what similar roles are offering and set a reasonable figure from there.

Myth #6: If it’s meant to be, it’ll be

Aw, look at you being so optimistic. Yes, a positive outlook is always a great and admirable thing to have, however, the reality of the situation is, if you want something, you have to chase it. Network, send emails, ask around if companies you like are hiring. You need to hustle if you want to land that dream job.

Myth #7: The more detail on your resume the better

Your resume is supposed to get their attention. Give them enough information about your skills and background to pique their curiosity so they want to know more about you. So going information overload is a big no-no. Write relevant information that highlights how valuable and skilled you are. You can win them over with more in the interview.

Myth #8: During an interview, the employer holds all the power

WRONG! This process is a two-way street. You need as much as you need them. Be sure to have a few questions up your sleeve ready ask in your job interview to help you get a better feel for the company.

Myth #9: Only the most experienced candidates get the job

If you’ve made it to interview day then you’re obviously there for a reason. You presented well on paper and your skills are up to scratch. The ‘most experienced’ person who just came out of the interview room may have been a total fail when it came to answering important questions. Remember to never sell yourself short and to stay focused and confident.

Jenny Sakr
Jenny Sakr

Jenny found her way with words while interning during uni, since, she's produced articles on it all – from hair and beauty to homewares, travel, career advice and study tips. On a weekend you're most likely to find her lining up for a table at the latest cafe or restaurant.

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