There is always a moment of vulnerability for everyone. People looking for jobs are allowed to experience that feeling of rejection sometimes. But it is your responsibility to guard your mind against negative thoughts that only exaggerate the fears of unemployment. Your mind as a job seeker or someone trying to switch jobs will be filled with too many thoughts.
Worries can arise when applications and interviews do not go as planned. True, the fear of ending a day without invitations to interviews, not to talk of a job, can be traumatizing. So you start to do things with panic especially listening to everyone and reading everything.
You may have accepted a lot of myths as facts in the process. Now they give you nightmares. Get yourself up and come with me. We are about to kill these monsters called job-hunting myths.
Popular Myths about Jobs and Job Hunting
- Job is Slavery
Let’s take our time to kill this monster because it might be the oldest and strongest. I really don’t know who came up with it. But it has gotten so far deep into the culture. The people at Google may laugh at you for such an assumption. Google encourages a beautiful system called intrapreneurship. Its employees think like Entrepreneurs.
For instance, Google encourages its workers to work on their personal side projects. Products like Gmail were in fact personal projects of Google employees. And yes, they get handsomely rewarded for it.
Most of the biggest innovations you see today are from experienced employees. While they worked, they channeled their learning into building side projects. Job is not slavery after all. You can work regular jobs and still pursue other passions as prescribed by successful examples in our Side Income Manual, the Side Income Machine.
With the promise of career growth and good working conditions, jobs are perhaps the oldest wonders of the world.
It’s quite surprising jobs like the regular 9-5s are called slavery. Seriously? People know their labour rights these days. Actually, the real people who work all the time are actually the entrepreneurs because they have to keep the business floating.
2. All Openings are Advertised
That is not entirely true. Most job openings are not advertised but filled in advance through internal referrals or by a real player. Real players are job seekers who network their ways via LinkedIn and other means. They start the right conversations that land them the interviews and then BOOM! They got the jobs.
This is why you should learn the power of networking. Some of the finest cover letter samples and cold emailing scripts help you do this. You are able to cold mail your way into recruiters’ inboxes and check for openings. They won’t have to announce the openings if you win. That’s how to play the game.
3. You Don’t Need Connections
This isn’t always the case. But they work. If you followed my previous story on Esther Adeyemi, you will know connections give you an edge. As debunked in the previous myth, real players use existing connections or create new ones when they seek jobs. They end up filling the positions without the job openings getting advert placements. This is the real world. Connections also work.
4. You Don’t Need a Cover Letter
Let’s see it this way. Two ladies go about sharing event flyers. One is distributing it to anyone she meets. The other lady does something different. She scribbles something on a note and pins it to the flyer. She makes sure the note is the first thing people see. It reads:
I learnt you work so hard you work. Here’s a reward for all that hard work: I’ve reserved a seat for you at Sailor’s Lounge. Drinks on me. See back of the pamphlet for more. Tesa
Who gets more turn-ups? You know the answer already. This is what adding a cover letter does to your job application. It doesn’t take attention. The world is too noisy for that. It steals attention. We live in a world where too much information is becoming a burden. Those who take the time to make an impression get the invitation to the interview.
5. One CV Content is Enough
Really? The same CV content for all applications? Now you are saying every employer has the same problem. Your CV isn’t just a document of your experience. It is your ambassador and whatever it says is taken as your testament. For example, are you saying your experience as a Marketer would work for that company that needs a Digital Marketer?
Amazing! You are also experienced in Digital Marketing. Well, I wouldn’t know if you didn’t say. So I invited a candidate whose CV sells the right products (skills). The thing is employers are in business to solve problems and make money. They are not telepaths to know you have the skill sets if it isn’t on your CV. Do ensure you customize every application to meet their needs.
6. Rejection is a Bad Sign
This may be an uneasy one. But we have to talk about it. Rejection feels bad. It can affect our self-esteem and perception of our competence. But no. Many of the so-called rejects have gone ahead to do great things. Remember, Thomas Edison’s 99 failure stories and many other success stories that started on rough notes.
Even Esther our subject in Things to Do Before Applying for a Job had some rough beginnings. Rejection is not a bad sign. It’s actually part of the game. You win some. You lose some. You should know that about life already. Learn from any mistakes and keep trying. Remember hiring managers are also humans. They can’t know it all.
7. Only the Best Gets hired
Seriously? What is the true measure of the word “best?” Hiring managers themselves find this question a hard nut. Until candidates begin to produce expected results, no one can fully determine “bestness.” So hiring is more of like betting on a team because of their past performance or appearance. You know that’s not always reliable.
Again, being at your best performance will give you a shot at the position. If you play small, someone you may be better than, could become their best.
8. What Is Mine Will Never Pass Me
It might elude you if you do not put up your best performance. This includes cleaning up your social media to resonate with the kind of personality the company needs. Polishing your skills, CVs, and applications.
9. Be Modest
It’s easy to confuse confidence with arrogance. But modesty may not get you anywhere if you don’t sell yourself right. You will get poor offers. It’s called the job market for a reason. Employers send offers to the most appealing candidate wins. So appeal to their needs.
To do this, you have to shine your skills and achievements before their very eyes. Of course, you should give credit to the team that made it possible for you. But be confident enough to show how you made significant changes in your past projects and previous organizations. Use growth statistics to demonstrate how you achieved results when all hope seemed lost.
10. Experience is the Most Important Ingredient
If there is anything human history has taught us, it is to stop holding tight to certain beliefs and positions. Perhaps, change remains the most constant truth. Remember there was a time when air travel was deemed impossible. But things keep changing, so do orientations, beliefs, and perspectives.
So NO. The demand for experience may vary among employers.
Most times, the passion and employee drive demonstrated to yield results may be more preferred. Some employers may seek confidence, passion, skills in tech-communication and collaboration tools, and the ability to adapt fast. These are some key skills in the post-COVID era.
11. You are on your own
That is also not true. There is a possibility that at least one person has experienced your kind of situation and still triumphed. One of the quickest ways to slip into depression is to believe you are alone. Firstly, job rejection can be mentally draining. We will always be here to listen and support you on that job adventure. There are CV templates, books, and expert help to get you started on your journey. We listen. Click here to get expert help. Join our community on Instagram, Facebook,and LinkedIn.