OK. You’re serious about finding a good job. However, there are three job search myths that can kill you. If you blindly head into your job campaign without understanding how these myths can seriously jeopardize your progress, then you’re in for a long and fruitless job campaign.
So, what are these three job search myths that can cause so much trouble?
First of all, they’re myths because they don’t square with the reality of a job search. They are beliefs and practices that have been accepted as the way you do things without re-examination. But once we understand them and realize how illogical these practices are, hopefully the light will go on and we’ll change our approach.
So, here they are:
1. My resume will get me my next job.
2. I’ll be hired on the basis of my work history.
3. If there is no job opening, there is no job opportunity.
Let’s take a look at each of these myths.
First, no one will hire you on the basis of your resume. Employers want to meet with you face-to-face before they make any decisions. What this means is that understanding the employer and his/her needs and expectations should be the focal point of your job campaign. Spend your time learning as much as you can about what make an employer and the organization tick.
Secondly, most employers could care less what you used to do for someone else. They’re interested in only two things: what can you to make my job easier? . . . and what can you do to add to bottom line? If you can’t answer these questions you’re out! There’s one other qualification critical to getting a job offer. An employer has to like you. In fact, if he/she doesn’t feel comfortable with you and see you fitting into the team you’ll never get an offer.
Thirdly, perhaps the most serious myth and misunderstanding is that you only get hired for a known job opening. At first, this seems very logical . . . no job opening, no work. But if you examine the way job opportunities emerge within an organization, publishing an actual job opening is the very last step.
Now, if you can intervene in the process and show how you can bring solutions to the table before the needs of a company are formalized in a published job opening, you’ve just opened the door to an offer. This happens all the time. In other words, the best job opportunities are the ones you help create by coming forward with a solution to a problem.
The exciting good news is that there’s an amazing alternate job search plan that can show you how to meet with hiring decision-makers in a matter of days. And how to lock up a high-paying job in as little as two weeks. Break through the three job search myths and sign onto the non-traditional career advancement revolution!