Family, friends, colleagues: when it comes to job hunting advice, it seems everyone’s an expert. With so many wannabe career advisers out there, it’s often hard to sort genuine, good advice from the hearsay or folklore. Here are some of the most commonly touted falsehoods to watch out for. 

 
1. Your CV is all that really matters
The most dazzling CV can only go so far without a strong interviewing technique and the right interpersonal skills. Spend as much time honing these as you do on polishing your CV.

2. Networking isn’t a necessity
It is estimated that 70% of positions are found through networking. Building a rapport with a potential employer helps put a face to your application and can give you a foot up on the competition.

3. Job-hoppers will be prosecuted
With many companies now operating a ‘flat’ structure, employees are increasingly moving between firms in order to climb the professional ladder. This has made job-hopping a much more common and accepted practice.

4. Specialised knowledge trumps transferable skills
A big part in switching jobs or careers successfully is realising the value of your existing skills alongside specific sector expertise. You shouldn’t be put off if your experience doesn’t exactly fit the job description.

5. Lower your expectations in a down-turn
Employment trends are relatively transient, meaning you would often do better to hold out for something you really want, rather than the first thing that comes along.

6. Lowering your salary demands will boost your chances
Likewise, you should resist temptation to demand a lower salary in order to improve your chances of success, which can make you appear desperate and lacking confidence in your abilities.

7. The more applications the better
A scatter-gun approach to job applications is ill-advised as employers can usually spot generic, one-size-fits-all cover letters a mile off. It’s always worth investing the time to make sure each application is specifically tailored to the position.

8. No one appreciates a pushy job seeker
You could do the courteous thing and wait until a job has been posted before contacting a company; however, the chances are the post will have already been circulated within the company by then.

9. Patience is a virtue
By the same token, sitting there waiting for the phone to ring won’t always get you very far. Many employers will expect you to follow up on your application, so get dialling.

10. Being fired or laid off = career suicide
Interviewers will be sensitive to the fact that employees leave jobs for any number of reasons. Be up front about your dismissal and the reasons behind it and it shouldn’t prove a deal breaker.

The main thing when conducting your job search is to go with your own instincts. Of course, there are others who have been there and done it before, but their experiences shouldn’t necessarily determine your own.

Reference: USnews; Business Insider
28 Jun 2017
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