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myth-sfAvoid These Job Search Myths when Creating an Effective Job Search Strategy

Job searches can be an intimidating undertaking, especially in today’s perceived shrinking market. Unfortunately, though, there is a lot of misinformation creating a defeatist attitude before job hunters ever submit their first resume. We are going to debunk some of the more damaging myths that prevent many job seekers from developing a proper job search strategy.

Myth #1: All Jobs are Located on Job Search Engines

Yes, there are a significant amount of jobs available online, but these jobs are also available to everyone with a computer. Furthermore, many of these jobs are only posted AFTER internal resources have been exhausted. Translation: there are more jobs with much less competition available through your current network. Don’t be afraid to reach out to current and old business contacts to see what is available.

Myth #2: You Only Need One Resume

One of the problems many job seekers make when using job search engines is having a single resume to use to apply to any and all jobs. Do you realize companies have scanners that actually look for keywords related to the posting? So, what happens when your resume does not meet these basic criteria? Into the shredder you go!

While you can have a basic resume as a starting point, it must be customized for every position. Take the time to customize the highlights of your experience as they relate to the job listing. You will be surprised how many companies in the same industry and for like positions emphasis different points of experience as their specific requirements.

Myth #3: Job Searches Only Take a Couple of Months

Today, this could not be further from the truth. With so many people out of work, it has become an employer’s market. While there are obviously people that find a job relatively quick, more and more people are finding it can take as long as a year to find employment. However, many of these people are not pursuing opportunities aggressively. By going all out right from the start, you can set yourself apart and hopefully land a job much quicker than today’s average.

Myth #4: I Need to Put My Entire Work History on My Resume

Think about this… What does an entry level job you did 30 years ago have to do with the executive position you are applying for today? Resumes should be one page and cover roughly the last ten or so years of employment. If need be, you can touch on prior experience and then use that as a way to impress during your live interview. Your resume needs to be to the point and dazzle the employer with your achievements so you can get in the door, not bore them to death with irrelevant experience.

Myth #5: I’m Too Old for a New Career

That may have been true at one point, but not today. In this economy, employers can wait for the “perfect” employee that is truly passionate versus on that is merely there to pick up a check. If you want to transition to a new field, do it in one that you are passionate about and let that show during your interview. If you were the business owner, would you want someone fresh out of college with zero experience or a proven winner that is excited about starting a new chapter in his or her life? It is your passion that can and will set you apart.

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