Common Job Search Myths That You Should Start Ignoring

When it comes to searching for jobs, there is loads of bad advice that you can find. It’s only natural to look for tips when you’re seeking out your next position, but how do you know which suggestions you should listen to and which ones you should ignore? You can use the following four job tips.

Before breaking down why you shouldn’t pay them any mind, it’s important to remember that different things work for different people. Unfortunately, there isn’t a one size fits all suit to wear when you’re looking for a job. Keep in mind that getting hired for a position is based on experiences, human interaction, personality, and much more. These broken down myths are just here to help you find the process that works best for you.


Myth #1: Following Up with the Recruitment Team

While it is entirely accurate that following up with the recruitment team that is part of the hiring process can help with speeding up the process, you shouldn’t need to do it for several weeks. It’s possible to give off a desperate and nagging vibe to the hiring managers if you don’t cease inquiring after one or two times. If you find that you still need to reach out to the recruitment team after that, consider reaching out to them with a new topic. You could discuss something that was brought up during your interview, or even send along an article that you feel your interviewer would be interested in.

Myth #2: Omit All Short-Term Jobs from Your Resume

It might not be a bad thing to remove a short stint from your resume if you only have one, however, if you have multiple, you could be leaving out useful information. Working at a job for less than a year isn’t always a bad thing, but your resume is going to look choppy and incomplete if you omit all short-term positions that you’ve had.

Alternatively, you can choose a single short-term job to pull from your resume, and then weigh out all of the pros and cons of whatever your situation is. As long as you’re prepared and have explanations such as better job offers or life/family emergencies laid out in your cover letter, your resume should appear flexible. It is also going to show that your experience is diverse.

Myth #3: Always Overdress for Your Interview

There’s no question that you want to ensure that you appear professional and put together for your interview, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to dress to the nines. After thorough research, it’s been suggested that it’s best for job candidates to dress appropriately for their interview, instead of dressing up. Spend some time looking into the company so you can understand its culture as well as the current employees. Giving off the impression that says you’d fit in well in the environment is much better than giving off an impression that says you care only about being the best dressed.

Myth #4: Never Share Your Salary Figure

There is a well-known rumor that suggests the person who offers the first figure in a salary negotiation is the one that loses, but that isn’t the case. Some companies have been known to low-ball their candidates to see if they are open to working for a lower salary, but since the person who gives the first figure is anchoring the negotiating, it gives you the chance to drive the number higher. Experts recommend spending a reasonable amount of time doing your research, so you understand what the fair market salary is for the position that you’re applying for. Remember that you deserve to be compensated fairly for the work that you’re putting in, and you shouldn’t be nervous about asking for a figure that you feel is fair.

The above four myths that have been debunked should help you through your job search, but there are plenty of other resources available to you, should you require them. Remember to stay true to who you are and spend the proper time seeking a position that you genuinely fit. How you get the job isn’t going to matter much if you realize that you’ve rushed the process and the position has lost appeal after a few months.


Common Job Search Myths That You Should Start Ignoring

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