August 2011: Job Search: The 4 Most Common Myths

As you take the first steps towards a change, it’s time to challenge some of the myths and beliefs around hiring. Here are some commonly held perceptions – and why you should go beyond them:

#1. My job search is about me
Ask any employer and they’ll tell you that it is about the position or mandate. They are not looking at whether they have a job or position for you. They just need to know whether you meet the eligibility criteria for the job. Tell them what they want to know about you, not what you believe they should know.
If you genuinely meet the requirements, things will move ahead and you will be called for an interview.

#2. The more applications I send, the greater the chance of success
Sending out many applications is fine – as long as your profile offers a good job fit. If it does not, then the application may be seen as a sign of your need and raise questions about how strong your track record really is.
Stay away from application spam. Instead, play to your strengths and choose the right roles to apply to.

#3. The company will call me and give me feedback
Unlikely. You have done well in your career and have an excellent track record but that may not be enough. You need to plan the process, build your resume, register on relevant job sites and be prepared to work hard to get the ‘right’ job.
Most important, don’t count calls. The number of calls you get is not an indication of your Hiring Quotient/Market Value. Usually, employers are stretched for time and will only call you if you make it to the shortlist.

#4. I just need to float my resume and I’m done
There are distinct stages to the hiring process. The first stage is about building interest in the employer’s mind and demonstrating your seriousness and commitment. Then it’s about evaluating the role fit, followed by the offer & negotiation round.
Play it by these stages. For instance, avoid putting all information in your Resume. Save something for the interview round. And let the employer lead the discussion about your salary expectations. If you ask about CTCs too early in the game, it may be perceived that you are more interested in the package than the role.
The reality is that job search requires careful planning, the right tools, staying power – and also leave these myths behind.
Now take charge of your career and move ahead.

Warm regards,

Uday Sodhi
Chief Executive Officer | HeadHonchos

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  1. In my chaocing practice I hear many of the same refrains. When I ask people how they know these are the factors, they rarely have an answer.It is human nature to look for reasons we can’t accomplish, but with out independent confirmation, they are excuses. To combat the frustration and anger, take action. Regardless of the reasons, and trust me, you will not get the reason by asking the interviewer or recruiter, the changes are the same. Record a mock interview and review it with a critical eye/friend. Read a comprehensive job search book that all aspects of job search.Make the appropriate changes.Watch how you dress, make all your emails and writing the best it can be and refine your elevator pitch to reflect what distinguishes you from others who do what you do.Once you have made these changes, your job search may just become a lot easier.Rita Ashley, Career CoachAuthor:Job Search DebuggedAuthor: Networking Debugged

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