There are a lot of urban myths out there like, you only have to exercise 10 minutes a day to get into shape or you look good in skinny jeans. Some times these axioms turn out true and sometimes they turn out false.
When it comes to your job search, it’s important to know which ones are simply myths and which ones are bona fide truths.
Myth or Fact: If I am the most qualified candidate, they will find me.
It is a Myth – The fact is that you have to inject yourself into their candidate search and then you have to “sell” yourself. The most qualified candidate doesn’t always get the job.
Life is not fair and if you want to succeed, you need to take the initiative to engage your network, scan the job boards, and build your personal brand.
When you get the interview, you need to be prepared, be engaging and sell yourself (usually in the first couple minutes).
Myth or Fact: I don’t need to reach back out to the Executive Recruiter in regards to their most recent active search. I sent them my resume a couple months ago and we had a very good follow up conversation.
It is a Myth – The fact is that Executive Recruiters are paid by the companies conducting the search. They work for them and not you. During the course of their work day, it is not uncommon for them to be innundated with candidates inquiring about any open positions they are currently working on.
Don’t think that they will automatically reach back out to you. It is your job to sell yourself to them. Stay actively connected with key recruiters in your field and cultivate that relationship.
Myth or Fact: A company that I would really like to work for doesn’t have any opening posted on any job boards or on their website. They must not need anyone at this time.
It is a Myth – The fact is that positions that are never posted are filled all the time. It is not uncommon for the hiring manager or internal recruiters to reach out to their personal network for potential candidates (or leads to potential candidates).
This is why it is so important to build and maintain your network of contacts. It is very possible that they may know someone who is looking for a new employee just like you!
Myth of Fact: It is important to keep a positive attitude as you search for the right opportunity.
It is a Fact – Sometimes finding the right job can take time. Stay positive and keep trying!