Nowadays, when most opportunities don’t appear unless you determinedly pursue them, jobseekers face a universal issue: looking for a job is hard! Given the competition, all the opportunities and all the talent scattered on a global level, job seekers have to go the extra mile and be more exceptional than ever.
How can you work your way to the top and stand out in a positive way? Everything starts by changing your mind set – get rid of these wrong and misleading assumptions and get the dream job that you have always wanted.
Here are the top 5 misconceptions that show you are bound to fail as a jobseeker:
#1 I can only network after the job has been posted
This is totally wrong! As a proficient jobseeker you should be proactive enough to get the job before it gets posted anywhere. No one can manage your career better than you. So you’d better invest in networking and making the most of vital resources such as professional organisations, peer groups, NGOs, small business associations, university alumni groups that can help you build a sense of meaningful progress in terms of your career or business.
#2 My online reputation is different from the real image, so I don’t need to care about it
In this time and age, the number of employers monitoring potential employees’ social media profiles is increasingly on the rise. If they see inappropriate photos and provocative content on Facebook or Twitter, a weak and sloppy LinkedIn profile, may be enough reason for them to reject you straightaway. Your online persona really says a lot about who you are offline. So, revamp your profiles, delete these crappy photos from Facebook, or negative tweets about your former employer to increase your chances to be seen in a positive light.
#3 Target any kind of job to increase your chances of actually getting a job
Blindly applying for jobs or saying that you are looking for any kind of job tells potential employers that you are begging for any kind of position they might have available, showing that you have no particular strength in a specific area of expertise. This one-size-fits-all approach fails to convince the potential employer that you have all the relevant skills, experience and credentials for a specific job that others don’t. Focus on a specific job and show them that you were born for it!
#4 The more page my resume has, the more chances I have to get hired
Send a bulky resume to an employer and you are screwed! Recruiters and hiring managers are humans too and won’t sacrifice their valuable time to review your lengthy resume just because you think all your life’s work history and experiences are worth mentioning. Eliminate all out-dated or irrelevant information, and prioritise what should really be included in your resume. Bear in mind that even valuable information can be omitted, as you will have the chance to elaborate on them later at the interview.
#5 Who cares about cover letters? Hiring managers don’t have time for these nowadays
Many mistakenly think that just because hiring managers are so busy with many recruitment tasks, they skip cover letters and just focus on resumes. In fact, cover letters might be more important and more necessary than the attached resume. Be sure to understand why and how employers read them. All in all, they need to be focused and linked to the specific job or opportunity you are pursuing, and make them as brief as possible and make sure you highlight how exactly you can provide value to an employer.
Now that you know the right mind set for a jobseeker to work his way up to the top, make the most of these tips to stand out from competition and increase your chances of landing your dream job.
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