At GetFive we help people find land their dream job and begin a successful, rewarding career every day. In the process, we’ve seen a lot of myths around the job search process that are hurtful to your job hunt.
This is our list of the top 5 myths about the job search – beliefs you’ll need to get rid of if you want to land your dream job.
Myth #1: You Can Trust Applicant Tracking Systems
Most job seekers spend countless hours slaving away at automated forms and submitting their resumes to company after company through an online portal. The only problem with this is that your submission doesn’t go to a person, but instead to an Applicant Tracking System that scans it for particular keywords. This means that even if you are a good candidate, you might not get let through the screen. You’re much better off tracking down the hiring manager’s email and sending your resume directly.
Myth #2: I’m Doomed In This Market
This is one that will stop you in your tracks, and you’ll need to get over this mentality. Even if the job market is tough and you’ve been unemployed for a long time, believing that you’re doomed from the start is a great way to fail. Instead, focus on learning how to explain the relevance of your core competencies and accomplishments and don’t let time out of the market phase you.
Myth #3: Now’s Not the Right Time
It doesn’t matter if it’s the middle of a recession, over the summer or Christmas day: any time is a great time to begin a job search. What’s important is to get out and start looking as soon as you can, not to wait for the “ideal” time to start.
Myth #4: I’ll Always Get a Response
Here’s something you’ll have to understand right away: not every company will respond to your application or direct contact email. In fact, many won’t. Accepting that this is partially a numbers game and that you’ll have to send many direct contact emails and send many applications in for every response you get back will put you well on your way to success. Make your talents and accomplishments known to the people who may hire anytime within the next few months without posting openings—and keep in touch with them.
Myth #5: I’m Alone In This
This is definitely not true! We have a wealth of resources and an exceptional team of dedicated career coaches to help you hone your search and land your dream job. All you have to do to start is reach out to us and we’ll help give your job search the push it needs. Learn more about becoming a member, read up on our Career Insider Program, or just contact us. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you land your perfect job!