Myths exist in almost every field and are usually rooted in truth. Most of them are harmless but in the job search, they can do a lot of harm. Here are some of the most popular falsehoods out there:
- There are no jobs available: Just because the economy is bad doesn't mean there are no jobs. A quick look at our job board will show you there are lot of organizations looking to hire. It's just that it's much harder to get a job because there is so much competition.
- All good jobs are found online: While a lot of companies post their open positions online, that's not the only place you can find them. You can still find a a lot of quality jobs through traditional career networking.
- Don't bother with temp jobs: Temporary positions and internships can actually be of great help to you. In many occasions, they can even lead to full-time jobs.
- Being unemployed long-term will hurt your job prospects: This is only true if you don't spend your time wisely. Look for volunteer positions while you are out of work so there won't be big gaps in your resume.
- Take what you can get: The worst thing you can do is to settle for a job you don't really want. This can be disastrous for your future career prospects, as you will need to explain why you took a job that is below your skill level.
- Employers don't take social media seriously: This couldn't be further from the truth. Employers regularly search through candidates' social media profiles, as it gives them a better idea of who the applicant really is.