Don’t risk not landing your perfect opportunity.
It’s tough enough even finding a job, much less the perfect job. Misconceptions about job hunting, the working world and landing your ideal job can easily bog you down. Improve your chances of finding your dream job by avoiding these job-hunting myths.
Myth – All applications are treated equally, regardless of when they are sent through
Hiring managers usually won’t wait until the closing date to start reviewing applications. Generally they’ll read them as they the come in and may start interviewing straight away. If they are urgent, they may even hire, so make sure you send in your applications as soon as possible.
Myth – The best resumes are only one page
While it’s important to keep your resume brief, reducing it to just one page is a little too extreme. Remember it needs to include all your relevant personal information, skills, experiences and significant achievements. Three pages will usually suffice.
Myth – Cover letters are no longer relevant
The cover letter is the only opportunity early in the selection process to distinguish your personality and unique attributes. While they may not be read for every job you apply for, most hiring managers will refer to them when they are deciding between candidates to interview.
Myth – You need to hide work gaps in your resume
If you took time off to travel, look after a sick loved one, or took a personal break, it’s best to be upfront and honest. Most hiring managers will understand if you are open about it. They’re looking for humans, not robots.
Tip: Job gaps can even bolster your chances if they are filled with notable endeavours. If you volunteered at a charity, studied a short course or ran a marathon, mention it in your application. It will demonstrate that you’re goal-orientated and committed.
Myth – Employers are turned off by job-hoppers
Constant job-hopping will be looked at unfavourably if positions are held for less than six months. However if you worked in positions long than that and can prove that you made a positive impact during your tenures, then you shouldn’t worry (for most jobs). Some may even look at it favourably if you have acquired unique skills and experiences at different workplaces.
Myth – Finding a job after school / university will be quick and easy
No matter the state of the economy, don’t expect the job offers to come rolling in. Finding work may be a cinch for a select few, but for the vast majority, it will still take serious effort. The length of your hunt will depend on a variety of factors from where you live and your qualifications, to the amount of time you dedicate to your search and your interviewing and networking skills. If it takes a while, don’t get discouraged. The average job search lasts four months. To make ends meet in the meantime, you may have to take a less glamorous (and lower-paying) gig.
Once you know a few of the tricks to job-hunting, you should be in a position to expect more job search success — and experience far less of that job search stress!