The Biggest Job Hunting Misconceptions

Posted by Nicole Williams on 30 June 2016

There are a million job hunting myths that are frequently repeated all over the internet. From outdated advice to absurd tricks to try that will just freak out the recruiter, they may just hold you back more than help you. Here are the most widespread myths about your job search which you should definitely ignore.

1) Being unemployed is a disadvantage when looking for a new job.

It is a common misconception that it’s easier to get a job if you’re already ina job, but this isn’t always the case. Employers understand that there are a number of reasons that you might be unemployed, and it doesn’t always mean you were fired.

2) You just put your full effort into every application.

It is important to tailor every application, but if you do this for every single application, you’ll start to feel less motivated for the ones you do want. Prioritise the jobs you would accept if you get an offer over those you might have to think over.

3) Job hunting is more difficult than having a job.

Your job search should be difficult, but if you stay organised, focused and have discipline, it won’t be as hard as you think.

4) You should always accept the first offer.

You might be feeling desperate, but if you’re not going to be happy in the job and you don’t feel like you could stay there for a while, you probably shouldn’t accept it. You would just be making more work both for yourself, and the employer when you want to quit after just a couple of months.

5) It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

Knowing the right people isn’t the only way to get a job. Whilst networking should be a part of your job search, just because you don’t have any connections, doesn’t mean you’re at a disadvantage, it just means you can make them as you go on.

6) Being good at interviews is the most important skill.

Being good at interviews is a very important skill, but you have to be able to make a great first impression to get to the interview stage. Your CV is arguably more important as it gets your foot in the door and makes that impression.

7) The only person you should depend on is yourself.

Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help. Friends, family and industry contacts can provide you with support and even leads which may help you to get a job. Don’t forget to be grateful when they do help you though!