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Job Searching Myths

There are quite a few myths about job searching and some of them can really impact your confidence. Below are some of the big ones and reasons why you should ignore them.

I have to spend all of my time finding a job

Whilst the process is time consuming, if you have a solid master resume and cover letter you have the basics covered! The time you spend tailoring your resume and cover letter for each application is less. Also, have a strategy for your job search so you are organised and using your time effectively! Check out our job search strategy template (here). Put time in your diary for job searching and stick to it.

I’m not qualified and I have been out of paid employment for too long

A lot of job ads are written for the ‘perfect’ applicant. Solid candidates will get interviews too! Go back and look at your skills and strengths and identify your transferable skills. You will see you have  a lot to offer.

I don’t even know if I should send the application off as I am not sure if it is really a job I want.

If you are at the job search stage, you have done a lot of work already on what you are looking for. If the job ad does not spell out your ‘dream job’ you should still apply. Perhaps everything was not written in the job ad, or conveyed in the right way. That is what the interview is for. To find out more. Applying for a role does not mean you have to accept it if you are offered.

I have sent so many applications in and I am hearing nothing!

Take a step back and be honest with yourself. Are you applying for roles in line with your skills, strengths and experience? Is your resume and cover letter aligned to the role? Along with sending through your resume and cover letter, what else are you doing? There are so many more strategies you could be using! Are you connecting with hiring managers and following up? Networking? You have to be proactive in your search.

I’m terrible at selling myself

Job searching and applying for roles is about marketing yourself to potential employers. Unfortunately, there is now way around this and many of us do not like self-promotion. Instead of looking at it this way, look at it that you trying to tell your story to someone. You want to tell them everything you have done that makes you the person you are today which is ultimately the best person for that role and company.

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Graduate Diploma in Career Development
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Nia is an experienced career practitioner who is passionate about helping people find their ‘true fit’, move through a career transition. re-entering the workforce or even if they just need someone to talk to.

For over 15 years Nia has worked in Human Resources, Recruitment and Career Counselling, bringing together a wealth of experience from a diverse number of industries to help people with their careers.

Nia is a Professional Member of the Career Development Association of Australia.