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23 Jan 2017

5 Job Hunting Myths Debunked – By Joe Baldwin

You’ve just partied all night to celebrate your graduation. The following day, you wake feeling so good about yourself. You felt your head throbbing as you got up from the floor. It must have been the hangover. The garage was filled with liquor bottles scattered all over the floor. There were lots of people still lying down. You could even hear your best friend Gabby snoring. Party streamers were still hanging from the ceiling. You can still hear the sound system playing your favorite song. You were already halfway out of the garage when it hit you: “what now?”

It’s all over. You’re a college graduate now. In other words, you’ve managed to work your way to being a professional. But there’s still one thing missing: your first job. You decided that you’ll start to write your resume right after all your friends leave the house. You peeked at the garage yet again just to see that everyone is still asleep. It’s already 8 in the morning. Luckily, they’ll all be wide awake by 10 am.

By 10 am, they’re all out of your house, leaving you all alone as you walk towards your bedroom. You had the strong urge to hit the sheets, but you ignored it. The feeling of being fresh out of college is both thrilling and frightening at the same time. You’re ecstatic about showing the world what you’re made of, but you know fantasizing about it won’t get you anywhere. You have to get started. You have to hunt down companies and look for your first job. Everything starts now. It starts when I write my resume. With that in mind, you opened your laptop. A few hours later, you were done with the resume. You immediately stepped out of your room and ran into the neighborhood.

Golly! It’s even harder than you thought. You found yourself lost in the middle of tall buildings. You don’t know where to look for job posts. You suddenly found yourself exhausted. Luckily, there was a couple of benches near the fountain. You then decided to lie down. You recalled all the things you’ve ever heard about job hunting. But there were just too many. You don’t know how to tell which ones were myths and which ones were real.

You think it’s too dramatic? Well, it could happen. Probably, not in the fashion that I described, but you’ll still find yourself confused when it’s your first time looking for a job. People make it look so easy when in fact, it’s the opposite. They’ll say all things bravado just to get people to believe how awesome they are with job hunting. It could be a good thing for them, but not for you.

You have no idea how your first job hunting will be like. With all the things they’ve said, how are you supposed to tell which ones are real and which ones are made up? Well, you’re in luck, in this article, I’m going to tell you some of the job hunting myths that will likely get you in trouble the first time you go out looking for a job:

  1.    All jobs are advertised

Fresh graduates are usually looking for work that’s completely related to their field. That’s a good thing. What’s bad about it is that they rely too much on advertisements. If they don’t find a job on the ads then they assume right away that there’s a freeze hiring, or they’re just not looking to hire someone at the moment. Wrong!

When managers advertise job post, they make the hiring process more difficult for them. They become exposed to hundreds, even thousands of applicants. How are they supposed to know which one has the right potential? It’s not like they have the luxury of time to review all their resumes. No, they can only look at resumes for a few seconds before they decide whether to shortlist him or not. Nobody wants to get through that trouble. To make things easier, they spread job posts through word of mouth. That way, they’ll only have to answer to applicants who are referred by people they know. With that, they’ll be sure that the people they’re entertaining are with potential.

  1.    Take the first offer that comes to you

Fresh graduates can be obsessed with having a first job. It could be the most important thing on the planet for someone who just got out of the university. I mean, come one. We all know how hard it is to look for a job when you have job experience, what more if you’re completely new, right?

But the thing is your first job is the most important aspect of your entire career. It’s the time when you should learn all you can from your job. How you do in your first job will have a say on how you’re going to get other companies to hire you in the future. That being said, don’t settle for the first offer you get. Take the job that will be the best for you and your career.

  1.    You need to know people to get a job

If you know someone from the company, it’s going to give you a bigger chance of getting hired, that’s for sure. But if you don’t, it really won’t have any effect on your chance of getting hired. They won’t decide to brush you off just because you don’t know anyone.

  1.    Lower salary expectations to get hired

Though having low salary expectations might get you hired, you’re only going to find yourself frustrated for being underpaid.

Just imagine graduating from a really good university, and earning 20 dollars per hour. It’s tragic, right?

You should know you worth. Look for companies that can pay you based on what you deserve.

  1.    Following up will irritate the interviewer

Following up with your interviewer is a sign that you are interested in getting hired. There are two reasons why you should always follow up. First: They’ll appreciate knowing that one of their applicants is truly excited about getting the part. Second: The hiring manager might forget you if you fail to follow up. Know that people from the HR department get tons of resumes each day. They won’t be able to keep track of them all. So, what do you do then? Keep in touch. Even if the HR thought it would be nice to hire you, you might still end up in the “no” pile if he somehow forgets about you.

Guest Author Bio

Joe Baldwin is a native US resident & professional Article writer for https://essaylook.com. He studied English literature and creative writing. He has experience with online web content including blogs, web page content, news, public relations, press releases, and long form sales and industrial presentations.