There are several misconceptions about job hunting that I hear fairly often. Some of them used to be true and are now outdated, while others were simply wrong to begin with.
Unfortunately believing in these myths might keep you from connecting with the opportunities that you need. I’d like to take a closer look at the 5 most commonly recited falsehoods about looking for a job.
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1. My CV should all fit on just one page
This fact is not entirely true. If you are just starting out on your career and have had few jobs so far, then maybe you can fit your CV into a single page.
Otherwise, having a layout that’s pleasing to the eye and that draws attention to your most important information is far more important than whether your resume is on a page or two. Cramming too much text too close together to fit onto one page would be a really bad strategy.
Recruiters may only scan your resume quickly for a few seconds the first time, but if they like what they see, you’ll be moved to the shortlist for a closer read later. Make sure that it looks good and contains all of your relevant information.
2.The higher the number of CVs I send out, the more chances I get.
That’s probably not true, because when you do that, you tend to send out the same CV to different organizations. And if there is anything more obvious to a recruiter, it is a generic CV. Recruiters can spot a generic, mass CV/Cover Letter in a nanosecond, and they don’t like them.
They like applications that are tailored to their company and their job opening specifically, from a candidate who has done their research and demonstrated why they would be great in the role.
So while sending out more applications won’t necessarily increase your chances, sending out better ones will.
3. What I do online in my personal life has nothing to do with me professionally
Forty-three percent of employers are researching candidates on social media before deciding whether or not to hire them. They want to see if you seem to be a good communicator, if the facts of your profile contradict your resume in any way, and if you have the good sense to maintain a fairly professional personal brand online.
By all means use privacy settings for your own protection, but don’t hide everything. If employers can’t find you at all, that too can be a red flag. If employers can’t find any trace of you online, they may think you’re out of touch, not technically savvy, or have something to hide.
Rather than hiding stuff, just be aware that the Internet is a public space where what you say and do are likely to be seen by others.
4. The most qualified candidate will get the job
Now, that is another myth that needs to be trashed. The truth is it’s usually the candidate who is the best fit who will land the job. Hiring managers are trying to build successful teams. People work better in groups when they have similar communication styles, values, and goals. When a person just doesn’t get along with the rest of the team, it really doesn’t matter how brilliant they are. There is going to be disruption.
Be confident, upbeat and friendly. Try to build rapport with your interviewer. A job interview isn’t an interrogation; it should be an enjoyable conversation. While obviously you have to have the skills to do the job, being the most likeable candidate in person often trumps being the most qualified on paper.
5. They’re keeping my resume on file for the next opportunity
Now this is line most employers tell unsuccessful candidates that while they won’t be hiring them this time, they’re going to keep them on top of the pile for next time. News flash! There is no pile! This is just something that they say to be nice. I mean, what if the next and the next and the next opening doesn’t fit your qualification and personality?
When they start recruiting again, employers usually start from scratch rather than going back to revisit the person they didn’t hire the last time around. So, I wouldn’t be waiting by the phone for call backs from old opportunities. Move on. Find new ones.
Hopefully seeing through some of these myths and misconceptions can save you from making costly mistakes on the job hunt and help you to land your next gig faster. Best of luck!
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