4 Myths About Looking for a Job You Shouldn’t Believe

job search mythsLooking for work can be tough. That’s why we’re debunking these five job search myths so you can get back to work as soon as possible.

Myth 1: You Don’t Have to Market Yourself for a Job

Chances are you aren’t the only one applying to a job and, even more so, are the only one qualified to do it.  That’ why you shouldn’t believe this myth, because your resume alone won’t land you a job. In order to stand out from the rest of the applicants, you have market yourself. Impress staffing managers with a neat and professional appearance when you walk in the door. Shine in the interview by showing how your experience meets the employer’s needs. Turn a temporary job into a permanent one by going above and beyond the job description. Your actions as well as your resume should convey that you are the person for the job.

Myth 2: What I do on Social Media Won’t Affect My Job Search

While it’s fun to share pictures and memes on social media, don’t believe that it won’t affect your job search. Employers and recruiters are using social platforms as part of their background checks. If there’s any post that comes off as offensive, illegal, or bashes a former employer, it could cost you the job. Be mindful of what you post on social media. When it comes to the internet, there’s no such thing as privacy.

Myth 3: I Shouldn’t Ask Questions During an Interview

This is a big myth because interviews aren’t just for the employer, but for you as well. You should take this opportunity to learn more about the job, show your interest and find out if the position is a great fit for you. Asking the right questions during an interview with a staffing agency may reveal other available job opportunities. At the end of an interview, you should ask questions about the next steps so you’ll know how soon before you expect a response.

For 13 questions to ask during an interview, click here.

Myth 4: I Don’t Need Help Finding a Job

If your job search is taking much longer than you thought, it’s time to enlist some help. Network with former coworkers and supervisors to let them know you’re looking for a new position. Get job advice from people who are doing the blue collar work you want to get into. Finally, work with a staffing agency that specializes in day labor jobs. They not only have access to jobs and companies that you wouldn’t get on your own, they can match you with the job that best uses your skills and experience.

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