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The Top 5 Job Search Myths

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1. The Smartest Person Always Gets The Job

Definitely not true – companies these days are more interested in the complete worker. Having brains is always an advantage, but it’s not the only thing that hiring managers are looking for.

In today’s economy, an employer wants to know that, if required, you are able to complete a wide range of jobs. Having transferable skills, a can do attitude and a willingness to learn and be involved in all aspects of the business is key to nailing the job interview.

2. Direct Experience Is Most Important

Transferable skills are key. In certain industries the job specification may require direct experience, but in many circumstances being able to show that you have the skills to succeed is just as important.

Do not get discouraged if you feel that you lack the right skills to get a new job. Concentrate on the value added skills that you have and highlight these skills on your resume and in the job interview.

3. Dating A Co-Worker Will Lead To Career Doom

An urban myth. I have even heard of stories where dating the boss has resulted in career success (not recommended!). Always remember to perform your role to the highest quality and it does not matter who you decide to date! (Note: public displays of affection are a big no-no! – this type of behavior is best saved for non-work hours).

4. Applying For Jobs Online Is The Only Way To Find A New Job

Job searching online is one of many different approaches you should take. Before you even begin to apply for jobs, ensure that you have a professionally written resume.

No matter how many jobs you apply for, it doesn’t matter if your resume is not selling your skills. With the growth of social networking online, sites such as LinkedIn can be a fantastic way to approach people who you typically could not just pick up the phone and call.

5. Writing A Cover Letter Is A Waste Of Time

Every time you apply for a job you should accompany your resume with a targeted cover letter. The only exception is when the job specification clearly states not to send a cover letter.

Most times, a hiring manager will read your cover letter before opening your resume. If your cover letter does not shine, there is a good chance your resume won’t even be opened. You may have the greatest resume written by a professional resume writer, but it means nothing if your cover letter is letting you down.


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18 comments

  1. Isnt an added myth also regarding who you know? I have seen instances where people have had close friends or acquaintances in a company fwd their resumes to the hiring manager landing in an interview. Unfortunately, the job seeker still didn’t get the job and the company never gave a clear answer despite few follow-ups of interest. Also, i notice how people have connections and refee them to someone but then the one party who is connected to the connection doesnt follow up.

    Is there any tactic today where jobseekers can pay an agency to get them a job despite the job seeker keeping up with networks well and volunteering in the community but no job gotten?

  2. With regard to dating at work. I think the topic is a little more complex than is written here. Folks do need to be mindful of conflicts of interest policies in the work place. I believe it does matter who you date in the work place as it can have an impact on your job situation but it is true that it doesn’t need to impact your ability to get the/a job.

  3. Wow…..A link to a website. THIS is what you’re paying this guy to do. Total waste of taxpayer money. I could do this job for a third the cost.

  4. So sad the powers-that-be at GPB didn’t have the guts to stand up to the Governor and reject this appointment. As a retired state employee I feel so sorry for the other hard-working, qualified professionals at GPB who are overworked and underpaid and have to put up with this nonsense.

  5. Katherine Helms Cummings

    Rogers fails to point out in his post, which is just three sentences long, that getting the job is all about who you know (and who you are embarrassing)http://ruralandprogressive.org/chip-rogers-debunks-hiring-myths-on-gpb-blog/

    • Katherine, I am sure 150,000 a year jobs fall off tress for a former disgraced state senator. In the end, I find it ridiculous he doesn’t discuss interpersonal realtionship skills as a key for an individual’s job search.

      In the case whay Chip Rogers is getting paid to do at GPB a summer intern could more than handle and be paid significantly less.

      This man has no self respect…

  6. Absolute outrage. Is there no shame left in the political arena? I don’t know how you can justify giving Chip Rogers a cushy job at a top-rate pay. If I were an employee of GPB I would be seriously pi**ed that an ex-legislature had a highly paid position carved out for him to do what? Create a blog that a high school student could do for free. If Chip Rogers had any respect for the people of Georgia, his fellow employees at GBP, and for himself, he would resign immediately.

  7. Wow, this is what we get for $150,000 a year. Excuse me why don;t we just get HR managers to have a running discussion about the current and future job markets and its challenges instead of this.

  8. You forgot the most important one…who you know.

    This is best demonstrated in your case where your friends and associates created a job for you to move you out of a public debacle.

  9. #2 is also wrong when you have friends in high places that are willing to create a position just for you, that pays higher than anyone else in the company!

  10. With all due respect, #2 is just dead wrong. Companies have slashed training budgets and are not looking to bring in someone who may be able to do the job in a few months. All the data from employers shows that they want to make hires who already know how to do the job. That’s why there is so much talk about a skills gap.

    • You are right Scott. Wonder how I can get a cushy job like Chip Rogers who writes 2 lines and attaches someone else’s article for the actual work – although not a very good source…still a pretty good deal – oh, that’s it, DEAL got him his job!!!

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