Common job search misconceptions that you should ignore

08.04.2014


Common job search misconceptions that you should ignore
Common job search misconceptions that you should ignore

There's plenty of information available giving job seekers advice about what their next steps in the job search should be. Too often, though, the articles and reports holding the information are too negative, and the effects are often that seekers become less likely to succeed in the future. You should be happy, though, that this information is incorrect. That means there are plenty of successful strategies that remain in the current market, and following just a few of them can only help your changes in the near future.

Forbes reported that one of the most common misconceptions in the current job market is that you're only the sum of your job titles and degrees. Many people believe that in a search, they're limited to only a few types of positions, as the other ones they'd consider are too far outside of their reach to fully be successful. That's far from true. In the modern job search, managers are more than willing to consider candidates who have the skills and the drive to take on new roles. As long as you can explain your past work history and explain how you plan to use it in your next opportunity, you'll be in good shape and managers will be willing to hear your story.

Another commonly reported rule in the job search is that you have to follow specific rules and can't waver from them. Most people don't recommend directly contacting a hiring manager directly and to stick to reading job ads, as one example. You don't need to stick to this advice as long as you're confident that you'll be able to make a difference by doing so. If you research a manager and find you went to the same school or have a common interest, and you're brave enough to stand up to them, by all means do so. Leaving your comfort zone may be the exact sign of strength a manager wants to see.

Don't be afraid to be yourself

Forbes added that another common way that job seekers' efforts aren't as successful as they hope comes from friends and family assuming there's only one specific way to write a resume or a cover letter. The truth is precisely the opposite. Whatever strategies you feel will be successful, whether it means you take a visual approach to your resume to show off artistic or design-related ability or you only tell stories that show your skills in the job search, will likely help your efforts. Some hiring managers may not be impressed, but you only need to impress one for an opportunity to arise.

It's also common for many job searches to focus on the employer, and not enough on the potential employee. Your concerns are just as important as your future manager's, and don't let yourself believe otherwise. If you're not certain about an opportunity, you don't need to take it. Your comfort and surety in the position matters more.

You'll need to explain yourself

US News and World Report added that there are some concerns your employers will have too. One key example comes from your job title. Different companies have different definitions for their given positions, and it's important that you clearly articulate and explain the different responsibilities you've held over time. If you leave something up to the imagination, it could harm your efforts.

You'll also need to make sure that no matter how distinct and unique your job history appears to yourself, you also establish how you'd differ from other candidates. Otherwise, you may find yourself lost in the crowd despite making your best attempt.

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