by Mag Dutka, Senior Consultant
Finding a new job can be hard work; between rushing to work, flexing in the mirror at the gym, and trying to plan your family day out at the weekend it’s sometimes hard enough finding matching socks, let alone plan your career move.
That’s before you must spend hours trying to fix your DIY mistakes from last month!
So, finally you have time set aside and get going on your job hunt, and there’s plenty of advice around for how to do it. The only problem is, not all that information is accurate.
As technology dramatically changes the way we search and secure jobs, there are too many outdated job search myths out there.
What once worked for job-seekers is often now best avoided. The key is knowing how to tell the difference between handy hints and phoney tips.
Here are five job search myths to be aware of (and totally ignore!!!).
1. Job hopping is frowned upon
A ‘job for life’ is a thing of the past. In fact, it is damaging to your future career. Employers want to see diversity, skills development and a positive attitude towards change in their candidates – all the things that come from switching jobs.
Don’t be afraid to look for a new role every few years. It enhances your CV and offers you new opportunities.
2. Looking for a job is a full-time job
This is a phrase we often hear, but it’s a total myth. An hour a day is all you need to look for a new job.
As long as you’re searching effectively, you can spend 20 minutes finding a position you want to apply for, 20 minutes tailoring your CV or completing the application form, and another 20 minutes networking with others looking for similar roles.
3. You should only apply if you have all the requirements
When putting together a job advert, managers will often look at an entire team’s skills and qualifications. No one person in the team will have them all – and the same goes for candidates.
In fact, if you do have all the requirements, it may turn out you’re over-qualified. As long as you have the core requirements, it doesn’t matter if you’re lacking some of the desirables. Just highlight how you’d use your skills in the role to create value if you’re hired, and show you’re willing to learn.
4. Your CV should fit onto one page
The length of your CV is less important than the information in it. If anything, the shorter a CV, the less likely it is to be shortlisted.
Make sure you include relevant information about your experience and skills, and anything that is specific to the job you’re applying for. It also needs to be visually appealing and easy to read, so overloading it will get you nowhere.
5. Jobs can only be found online these days
We may be living in the digital age, but it’s a myth that all jobs are online. The more ways you approach your job search, the more successful it will be.
You need to leverage your existing contacts, increase your online presence and connections, and speak to other people about what’s happening at their companies. It’s also useful to speak with a recruitment consultant specialising in your field.
If you’re looking for a new job, make sure you look past the myths and get to the cold, hard truth.
If you’d like to find out how to progress your tech job search, get in touch with the team at Talent today. We’ll happily sort fact from fiction.