Thejob searchisperhapsthemostdifficultjob that has been done in ones life.Althoughthere arethousands ofwaysandtoolsto searchthedesiredjob,mostcandidatesoftenhavesomemisconceptionsabouttherightwaythey should search.Weanalyzethe following job searchmythsandtruths aboutfinding a jobandprovide solutionsforwhatwe needtodotofindthedream job youare looking for.
Myth#.1:Your CV should have a certain length depending on your years of experience.
Truth:it is a matter ofquality,notquantity!
Tip:Includeinformationthat relatedirectly toyour roleand dutiesinthe past,andwiththe dutiesof the positionto whichyou’re applying.There is noabsolute rulethatdefinesthesize of aCV–butthere aresome generalrules you shouldpay attention.IfyourCVislong,withmultiple pages,it isverydifficult forthe employertoseeyourachievementswithaquickscan.For those whohavesignificant work experience,this meansthatyou shouldomit or limit non-relatedworkexperience.Ifyour CVisverysmall,theemployer may notunderstandwhatyou havetoofferand they’re will notlookfurtherto find outfurther information.
Tip:Most employers will take a quick look at your resume before taking their decision. If interested, they will read below. To immediately turn heads, make sure that all the important elements of your CV is visible on the first page and is configured so that it is easy to read. Split into sections in your resume, make sure your titles are correct and read the advert properly to see if you have included all the required information. Also, make sure there are no typos, syntax or spelling errors, as such errors can directly get you out of the game.
Myth#. 3: The cover letter is not required unless requested.
Truth: The cover letter is one of the most important tools in the job search process and should always be send along with your application.
Tip: While it is true that employers often do not read cover letters, a targeted cover letter should boost your application. The cover letter is usually read after the employer decides that you are capable for the job or seen something interesting in your CV, but has not yet decided with the job offer. As it stands, the cover letter is an essential element of your application and helps the employer to decide whether to hire you or not. Without the cover letter, the employer has questions about your CV that go unanswered (This is why you should always send a cover letter that is targeted to the position you’re applying).
Myth #. 4: A CV can be used for all jobs.
Truth: Your résumé should be targeted based on the position in which you’re applying.
Tip: Most candidates make the mistake and use the same CV for all positions in which they apply. If you want to distinguish your CV, do the necessary research and target your CV depending on the position and the company to which you’re applying. The majority of large multinational companies use an automatic controlsystemwhich filtersthecandidates CVs before its seen by the employer. Target your CV using the same keywords that appear in the advert, focusing on concrete achievements and skills relevant to the position, and make sure they meet all criteriawrittenin thejob ad. This way, you are more likely to pass to the next stage and to have the opportunity to prove yourself in the interview.
Myth#.5:If youfollowuponyourapplication,this meansthatyou are interested in the positionin the eyesof the employer.
Truth:Ifyou’rea good candidate,the employerwillcallyou.
Tip: The information in your application (CV + cover letter) should speak for you and to exemplify as a possible candidate. Tocontactthe employerto“showyourinterest”inthe position, isnot goingtochangehis opinionasto whetheryou arefitforthis position.Instead ofdoingafollowupviaTel.oremail,startfollowingthe employer/companyonTwitter,LinkedIn – not to compel the employer to get an instant decision at that time. Althoughsomeemployerswillrespondright away,othersmay takeevenweekstoreply,in accordancewiththerecruitment proceduresthat follow–so if you have news, this is bad news! Be patient,and if you arethe right candidate,the employer willcallyou.
Myth #. 6: There are certain questions that you need to ask in an interview.
Truth: Ask anything in concern.
Tip:You get1–2hoursfrom your employerforthe interviewin ordertodecidewhether you’ll be hired–make the time to count on your side! Make questions relevant to the position to which you’re applying, and which will make you understand what role / duties you’ll take in the company. Tostartaskingmundanequestions justtopassthe time does not serves anyoneand is a waste of time for you and for your employer.
Myth#.7:all questionsmust be keptfortheend of the interview.
Truth: The interviews should be interactive and you should ask questions when necessary.
Tip:Manyemployerswilltell youpolitelythat they’ll answerall yourquestionsat the endof the interview,butgenerallyan interviewshouldflowlikeanormalconversation.Ifthe employerasks a question,answer is needed.Reciprocatingfrequent asked questions–answersyou will beableto getanswerson specificissuestoemployandtodeepenthe topicsinconcern–otherwise you willwait untiltheend of the interviewandyou’remost likelyto haveforgottenwhatyou wantedtoask.
Myth #. 8: The best way to get a job is toapplythroughjobwebsites(jobboards).
Truth:Networking and social media is the best means to get a job.
Tip:most companiespayhandsomely,thousands ofdollars every year,toputtheir adsinlargejobboards,until recently.Today,thesituation has changed.Althoughmany employersare puttingevenjob adsin majorjobboardsin Nigeria and abroad,others havegoneto activeresearchcandidatesviasocialmedia.Seerelevant pagesandgroupsinsocialmedia–especiallyTwitterandLinkedIngroups–in ordertofindthe right candidate.Andalsoeffectivelyexploittheirnetwork of contacts.Ifthere isa particularcompany thatyou are interested in,don’twait till when theyopenthepositionthatyou are seeking–there may beahiddenpositionsin the companythatisperfectforyou!ConnectwithHRManagersanddecision makersof your dream company,talkto them,askforthe positionyou are interested in. connect withpeopleandbuildaprofessionalrelationship with them.Also,you can enter intovariousgroupsonLinkedIn,where variousprofessionalsarefocusedand to follow up ondiscussions, makecommentsorquestionsthatyou probablyhave.Whateveryou do,it is importanttoknowthatyournetwork of contactscanhelp youfindyournextjob.
Myth #. 9: Do not discuss anything related to your salary before the proposal for the job.
Truth: Do your research! That is why there is Glassdoor.
Tip: The discussion of salary is always a difficult situation. Most advice suggests that it is better to leave this piece till the end of the interview. It is a difficult decision, if you ask for more money than they can give you, you can automatically get Unlisted, if you ask very little money, it is very difficult then to get a pay rise within a reasonable time. Most candidates want to hear a certain amount in order to accept the job – if you arrive at the third interview and hear something less, you’ve wasted your time and the company. If you are in this situation, it is good to research your position early enough, giving a range of values for the desired salary you would like to receive. Otherwise, do a market survey and Keep in mind the monthly wage received by workers in the same position in other companies, as well as for the company. So, if you need to answer to a press question, “What salary would you like to receive” – your response will be within the payroll of the company to be able from there to negotiate your final salary.
Myth #. 10: Promote yourself in every way to win the attention of the employer.
Truth: The skills will ensure your job – not the tricks.
Myth no. 11: If you follow the rules, you will immediately get a job.
Truth: There is no “secret recipe” to get a job.
Tip: Every job is different, every company is different, and each employer is different. There are some rules used by employers in their search, but in fact, every employer is looking for something specific that they either have or not. If you do notreceivereplies tojob applications,find out what went wrong,change your job search strategiesandcontinueuntil youfindyour desired job. As we said earlier, the days we made applications blindly and get jobs are over – so used all the tools you have in your hands in order to build a professional CV and submit it to the right companies.