Searching for a job can be frustrating. Sending your resume and cover letter to hundreds of employers and not getting an answer can be mentally exhausting and equally frustrating. But have you ever asked yourself why you never get a reply? Is there anything that you are doing wrong? If so, what is it?
In order to be successful in your job search, you also have to have the right attitude. If you allow yourself to get lost in the sea of negative thoughts that tell you “I’m never getting a job”, then you’re doomed. Choosing to let go of those thoughts that hold you back, though, will help you realize your career potential and help you get the job you want.
So, here’s what might be keeping you from landing your dream job!
1. Your Resume Should Be One Page
When writing up your resume, don’t try to fit everything onto one page. Doing so may be difficult, especially if you have a long work history that you can’t simply squeeze into a single A4 page. Employers really won’t mind if your resume is spread across two pages as long as it looks good and includes all the information relevant to the job. So, don’t stress too much about it. What goes in it is far more important than the layout.
#2 The Most Qualified Candidate Will Get the Job
Many people think that the candidate who has all the necessary qualifications has more chances of getting hired, but that’s simply not always the case. That’s because the person who gets the job is the candidate who is considered to be the best fit. This means that a candidate with an MBA might not be considered as a good fit as opposed to a candidate who holds a Bachelor’s degree. Employers want to hire someone they can work with easily and share the same values and goals. A long list of qualifications, therefore, does not guarantee you will get the job.
#3 Jobs Are Only Online
Contrary to popular belief, jobs are not only available online nowadays. Well, you obviously need to go online to search and apply for a job, but that’s not the only thing you can do. What about networking? What about connecting with other people that can help you get found for the right opportunity? Research shows that the 78% of jobs are found through networking and 65% from employee referrals. So, never underestimate the power of retaining a professional network.
#4 You Will Get a Response for Every Application
Nope, you won’t. Want to know why? The majority of employers only reply to those candidates who have been successful just to ask them when they can come in for an interview. While you would expect to get an email response, even if you didn’t make it through, you never really get to know the reasons why you didn’t qualify for the job. What you get is the automated “We have received your application” response and that’s it. When that happens, don’t dwell on it. It doesn’t make you any less capable for the role you’re applying.
#5 There Are No Jobs Left
It’s no secret that the job market has been tight the last few years and that it’s more competitive than ever, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any more jobs available. Opportunities do exist; you just need to know where to look for them. And the truth is that you might come across a job that you don’t have the necessary skills or experience for, but by developing a specific skill set or getting qualified in a particular area will no doubt increase your employability for future opportunities.
If you want to finally land yourself your dream job, then you have to forget all about these job search myths that prevent you from doing so. Instead focus on what you need to do to stand out from the crowd and get your foot in the door with your dream employer.
What other job search myths hold you back from getting your dream job? Let us know in the comments section below!