Job search is a troublesome business. Some prefer to look for the reasons for their own failures in the intractable nature of employers. Others blame fate. Still others are stubbornly looking for the best carrier of job ads.
Having placed your resume on several Internet sites, you will certainly get a sufficient number of profitable offers.
One of the most attractive misconceptions is that the appearance of your resume on the web, like some magical elixir, will make employers dream about an interview with you. I’m not going to dispute the fact that the Internet has long become a standard job search tool. But if you think that its effectiveness is higher than, for example, in newspaper ads, you are mistaken. Only about five percent of applicants find work using the Internet.
Vacancy announcements fully reflect the volume and diversity of the labor market.
According to different data, only 15-20 percent of all vacancies in the labor market are published in the mass media. A huge part of the vacancies is a hidden labor market. And the higher the position and salary, the less likely that the announcement of this post will be published in the media. How does the applicant find these proposals? Only with the help of useful links. Communications are still one of the most effective tools for job search. You methodically build relationships with people who can assist you in finding a job. But this is a whole art, because if you randomly tell everyone you meet about that you need a job, then you are unlikely to achieve what you want.
Employers do not like job seekers who change jobs too often and do not stay long.
Employees who often move from one company to another have for some time almost disappeared from the labor market. Stably developing career was considered a big plus. In addition, many employers are ready to neglect the professional qualities of the candidate, if for any reason they are sure of his loyalty. But lately companies are developing more and more dynamically, and it becomes obvious that in order to gain new knowledge and skills, to improve their skills and value in the market, it is simply necessary to constantly move forward. Try to avoid really short terms of work (less than one year), but otherwise do not particularly focus on the pace of your movements.
A cover letter is not as important as a resume or portfolio.
Every time you send a resume to the company, you need to accompany it with a letter, and made up specially for this employer. If you do not count on a lucky chance, and you do have a job search strategy, you will not neglect the cover letter. In the end, the resume is completely useless for the employer, if he does not know which position you are applying for and what you expect from work. Only in the form of a personalized message, you can draw attention to what distinguishes you from the total number of candidates, whether it be a unique qualification or character traits.
Summary should show the logic of your career development and increased responsibility.
Yes, an ideal summary performs this function. But this is not an end in itself. The most important part of self-presentation was and remains a laconic account of your skills, education and specific job responsibilities. Most employers spend on viewing a resume no more than 20 seconds. So, to get an invitation for an interview, you need to focus on the main thing. Agree, some details of your professional development can only be of interest to you. For example, the fact that five years ago you visited a professional exhibition or acted as a boss while he was on vacation.
Send out a resume and you will receive regular interview requests.
Perhaps this will work if you are a rare specialist in a highly specialized field.And all the rest, in order to receive an invitation, you need to show activity. Sometimes you need to call the potential employer yourself. Especially in the event that your qualifications are insufficient for a vacant position or you start a career in a new field. Nevertheless, in a telephone conversation you can declare your interest and ask for an interview. Even if you are still not suitable for this position, communication with the employer can open up new opportunities.
It will never be superfluous to embellish your resume.
Do not even hope, you will not be able to throw dust into the eyes of an experienced employer, unless, of course, you are a pathological liar. The specialist, whose job is to study the resumes of applicants, eventually learns to see a piece of real person’s paper. Sometimes, reading between the lines, you can learn a lot, for example, to understand how confident the candidate is in himself, how he evaluates himself, what he takes pride in in his work biography, and what he wants to keep silent about. With such a close look, it is easy to see actual inaccuracies and “light” exaggeration. And the more they are, the more tricky questions are waiting for you at the interview.
By lowering your salary requirements, you become a more attractive candidate.
The applicant should never neglect his or her salary expectations. This will only give the impression that he desperately needs work, and can be the reason for the refusal. But if you still get a job with a lower salary, you can never be really happy with it, because you will feel deceived: after all, in your opinion, your work will not be paid for. While you are applying for money that fit within the framework of a reasonable one for your position and industry, adhere to this figure. And do not announce the desired salary immediately, let the employer himself raise this topic.
If you can not come to the interview during business hours – from 9.00 to 18.00, you generally do not shine.
Yes, most interviews are scheduled for traditional working hours. But any employer will undoubtedly find the time to meet with the candidate of interest. In an interview after work, there is even an advantage – often it takes place in a less stressful situation, since there is no usual office bustle, and the idea of ending the working day relaxes the interlocutors.
The most qualified specialists get a better job.
Perhaps this is the strongest misconception – the best candidate expects the best position. The employer, as a rule, chooses one in whom he sees a combination of professional qualities, presentation skills and the ability to find contact with the interviewer. So do not get too freaked out if you consider your qualification unique, but do not lose courage if you do not approach formal requirements too much. If you received an invitation for an interview, then the employer believes that your skills, knowledge and experience are sufficient for this position. In person, you only need to confirm that you are worthy of this work.
Head-hunters and recruiting agencies protect your interests.
Who pays for recruiter services? That’s right, those companies that hired them. It is they who are dedicated to the search for cadres. Therefore, do not stay in illusions – recruiters are not at all eager to find for you personally a job that you are worthy of and that you have always dreamed of. It is more profitable for them to fit you into the company’s requirements. Sometimes this can limit your ability or even push you to the wrong choice, but sometimes it can play into your hands.
It is almost impossible to start a career in a new field.
The trend is that in a dynamic world of business, more and more people will radically change their careers, not just once in their lives. This is quite realistic, but today in the world of professionals for this is not enough simple desire. We need to draw up a plan of action and follow it.First of all, think about how you can apply your current knowledge and skills in a new career. The next step should be made towards obtaining additional education.
The applicant must not sell himself to the employer.
If you do not like the idea that you are selling yourself, think that you are selling your professional qualities. Often this means the use of some methods of sales when looking for work. You are the product that the company needs, and now you have to prove it. In our time, successful applicants who use the same methods as companies to promote their products.
If you are over 50 and you want to find a job, hard times have come for you.
This statement is incorrect if you have modern skills and knowledge. In addition, you must be a team player, not a stubborn professional who knows the answers to all the questions and does not want to change.
In difficult times, settle for the first job offered.
Job search is an unpredictable process. You can go through numerous interviews in the same company for a month and be completely confident that you will get a job, but this will not happen. And in a week you visit several companies and get several offers at once. Is it necessary then to agree to the first proposal? Only if this is what you were looking for, and your career will develop in the right direction. Otherwise, it is better to wait until you have the opportunity to choose.