Seven Job Search Myths in a Challenging Economy
In these tumultuous and unpredictable times, many job seekers find themselves frustrated
and doubtful that their searches will ever prove to be successful. As the financial markets
fluctuate, so do our emotions and beliefs. Many of us experience the F.U.D.S. (Fear,
Uncertainty, Doubt and Suspicion). The F.U.D.S. carry over into many parts of our lives;
a job search is no exception. Searching for a job is never easy. If you’ve ever looked for
a new career opportunity, you’re familiar with the emotional highs and lows of this roller
coaster-like experience. Regardless of your situation, do not let a challenging economy
distract you from your goal, or allow common misperceptions to derail you. It is not the
market that will hinder your job search, but a pessimistic attitude that will stop you from
landing a new position.
Here are seven Myths of the Market. Block them from your mind. Don’t fixate on the
challenges, focus on the possibilities.
1. Myth #1: There are no jobs.
There are jobs out there. At Treeline, we see them everyday and we help
people find them. As an executive search firm, we know the job market
intimately. Our consultants are on the front lines, and can tell you first hand that
people are finding new jobs.
2. Myth #2: A job search is harder in this economy.
Regardless of the economic climate, a job search is always challenging. Change
is difficult, but there’s no better time than right now to recreate yourself. Leave
your comfort zone behind. Identify companies that offer you the career
progression and culture you are looking for and create your own opportunities.
3. Myth #3: The most qualified candidate will get the job.
Without a doubt, companies are scrutinizing candidates’ resumes much more
closely. Let’s face it: in this competitive market, they can afford to be more
selective. With a much larger pool of qualified applicants available, companies
have the luxury of interviewing only those with the most desirable skill sets.
What many people don’t realize is that their qualifications account for only part
of the equation. What’s the other part? Hiring managers hire people they like.
Possessing the right skills is obviously essential, but fitting into the company
culture is also critical. You may be the most qualified, but if you don’t share the
company’s vision and values, you won’t get hired.
4. Myth #4: If a company is not advertising its job openings, then the company is
Many companies do not advertise because the response can be so
overwhelming. Instead, they employ executive search firms like Treeline to
streamline the process, or leverage their own employee referral network. If your
dream job isn’t advertised, don’t count yourself out. Don’t be afraid to reach out
to companies that interest you. Introduce yourself. Forward your resume. You
may be surprised to find out they’d like to interview you.
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5. Myth #5: I don’t have enough contacts to network effectively.
Of course you do, but you may not be networking as effectively as possible.
Whether you’re introverted or extraverted, networking is a vital skill that you
must master when job hunting. Start by creating a list of all your friends,
coworkers, family members, neighbors, etc. Once you’ve created this invaluable
database, get out of your comfort zone and start dialing. Talk to people about
your current employment scenario. Let them know you’re looking for a new
job. After making your first five phone calls, don’t be surprised to find a
supportive group of people trying to help you. Whether they introduce you to
the hiring manager at their company or forward your resume to a friend, you’ll
be surprised at how hard they’ll work for you!
6. Myth #6: The Internet will get me a job.
The Internet is a powerful resource that can assist in your search, but by no
means will it get you a job. Only you can land that job. Use the Internet to post
resumes, research companies, and identify positions of interest. Don’t forget
that the Internet is also an incredible tool for networking. Social network sites
including LinkedIn and Facebook are effective ways to find new opportunities.
7. Myth #7: My resume should fit on one page.
A resume should fit on one to three pages. The key to an effective resume is to
ensure it is a concise yet comprehensive snapshot of your career. It should
include your complete employment history in a way that showcases your
accomplishments in a quantifiable way. What goals did you achieve at each
company? What are the intangibles that make you a great employee? A good
resume should help tell your story. Keep it simple and easy to understand.
Make sure interviewers can quickly assess what you have done in your career.
Don’t fall victim to these types of myths or the negative stories that are being whispered
in your ear. It is your search, so take charge! These are challenging times. Show the
world what you are made of. You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.