People looking for jobs often have many mistaken ideas about job hunting. Generally, that’s due to superfluous knowledge about certain things. Job seekers come to know of half the things from different sources, mainly from word of mouth, and tend to assume the other half in a manner that suits them. All those things encourage people to develop myths about job hunting. Here, we’ll discuss about some such myths:
Myth 1: People think that they stand better chances of getting a job by registering with as many job search sites as possible.
That’s a wrong perception people have! Getting registered with all the possible sites doesn’t prompt employers to get in touch with you and offer you a job. You should also look for job opportunities in newspapers and business magazines. Most newspapers have a special section devoted to jobs, and many trade magazines too follow the same practice.
Myth 2: Employers are not really keen to employ people who have been changing jobs very frequently.
People who keep changing jobs frequently are considered to be unsure of them. It’s but natural for the employers to question a job seeker what prompted him to change job from one company to another. So, you should be prepared to give a logical reason for your action. Employers do understand that everybody wants to rise further in his career to earn more money by acquiring additional skills and be successful in life. It’s imprudent to keep working in the same job for any number of years if you are getting better opportunities somewhere else. Changing a job for better opportunities is not an issue at all with any employer. Yet, one should avoid working for too short a period, of say less than one year.
Myth 3: A cover letter isn’t really necessary while applying for a job.
A cover letter precedes your resume of which it’s an integral and important part. Employers do go through cover letters. However, at times, the recruiter may ask candidates not to include any cover letter. Only in such cases you need not enclose the same. A well-prepared cover letter tells the prospective employer what you are looking for, and how well you are qualified for that job.
Myth 4: Mailing your cover letter and resume ensures you an interview with the employer.
You should know that companies receive a lot of applications almost every day. Nobody has the time and patience to thoroughly go through all of them. So, having forwarded your application, you shouldn’t be sitting and waiting for the company to approach you. If you are confident that you are very well-suited for the post you applied for, you should follow-up with the company. Don’t hesitate to call them up to inquire the status. It’s not easy to get jobs these days. It often helps to request for a personal interview, especially when you are confident of your capabilities. Even otherwise, there’s no harm in requesting for an interview with the employer. Who knows, you may still get that job!