We live in the golden age of Internet-based knowledge sharing, and we’re also in the midst of an economic recovery in which job seekers are plentiful and IT managers are finally starting to pick up the hiring pace and add more positions. These days, job search advice can be found almost everywhere, and some of these bits of wisdom are a little more reliable than others. Consider taking a closer look at some of the popular myths below.
Myth 1: Your resume should mention every positive thing you’ve ever done.
Reality: Your resume is not a showcase that you can use to proudly display every accomplishment in your work history. Yes, you’re a hard worker and an honest, reliable citizen, and your college GPA, employee of the year award from 1998, and the marathon you once ran can all attest to that. But when it comes to landing a job, employers are primarily interested in the facts that bear relevance to the present situation. The more you stay lean and focused, the easier it will be for managers to remember your key credentials.
Myth 2: Word choice and spin will get you everywhere.
Reality: Salespeople and real estate agents know that there’s a powerful difference between a tiny, cramped house and one that’s “cozy”. But when you’re selling your credentials to a hiring manager, expect more skepticism and be ready to provide more substance. Instead of calling yourself a “hard-charging, highly motivated go-getter” recognize that these words mean nothing, since they apply to everyone, not just you. Cut the clutter. And attach numbers to your accomplishments, ideally numbers that can be verified.
Myth 3: When asked for a salary requirement, provide a lowball answer to land the interview.
Reality: When you’re asked to provide a salary history (as opposed to a salary preference), you’re under no obligation to answer. But it’s usually a good idea to provide a reasonable preferred salary range based on careful research. Go online and determine the standard rate for this position in this geographic area, in this industry as well as other industries if your skills are transferable. Then factor in your years of experience, your commuting distance and other daily obstacles, and your level of expertise. Present a range that’s realistic, honest, and a true reflection of what you want.
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