The truth behind six common job-hunting myths

Job searching can be a stressful experience, with CVs to tweak, cover letters to write and endless hours spent poring over ads and attending interviews; however, is it possible that most people are following an accepted pattern of job hunting that is not as productive as it could be?

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To explore this further, we look at six commonly-held beliefs that some HR experts now believe to be unhelpful myths.

1. Present a 100 per cent perfect image

Nobody can realistically be expected to be skilled and accomplished in every single thing, so being honest about what you can and can’t do well will make you a more likely candidate for the role you are seeking. Don’t feel that you have to underplay your strengths or hide your weaker points.

2. All the best jobs are found online

While there are plenty of great web resources around, an awful lot of posts get filled as a result of connections and networking. Don’t waste those in-person opportunities.

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3. Interviews are held to enable an employer to make a decision

While this is certainly true, interviews are not a one-way street. Candidates should use the time to ask questions and decide whether they are interested in pursuing the job.

4. Temporary work is just a stopgap

Whether you take short-term posts to gain experience, to fill a space between more permanent jobs or as a way of life, they are a part of the 21st-century work scene and are not inferior to other types of work. Alternative work patterns are fast becoming part of everyday life; for example, more and more businesses are choosing HR outsourcing services from resources such as

5. A career path is for life

This may have once been the case, but today many people change direction at various points in their life. As long as you work on getting the relevant qualifications and experience behind you, there is no reason to be constrained.

6. Only apply for jobs where you meet all the criteria

If everyone followed this rule, there would be a lot more unfilled vacancies. The wish lists on a job description are exactly that – few employers expect someone to meet them all. If you can satisfy the most obviously essential points, go for it.

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