It's easy to understand how negativity creeps into the minds of jobseekers. Looking for a job can feel like, well, one long job interview. So, to start your weekend, it's time to stop believing these negative job search myths.
- "There are no jobs out there." Well, only 69,000 new jobs were created in May, which sent the stock market downward today. Do not get hung up on the macro environment. Truth be told, if you're looking for a job, you have no business looking at unemployment figures. You already know how tough it is out there, you don't need more negativity. All you care about is one job. Someone starts a new job every day. All you care about is that. You're one person, all you need is one job. Ok, some need two jobs, but you'll start with one job. Somewhere out there, every day, someone is hiring someone. Let that second someone be you.
- "It's all about who you know." The implication with this one is that no one hires strangers, "off the street", even if they are the most qualified. I hear this despondent claim a lot. While getting a personal introduction to the hiring manager will sure make it seem easier, jobs do get filled by candidates completely unknown to the company before the candidate applied. The flip side to this one is simple: meet more people, build more professional relationships.
- "I don't need a resume." Yes you do. Trust me, you really do.
- "A resume will get me a job." This one may come as a surprise given what I just wrote. A resume will not get you a job. Nor more than your car keys will put breakfast in your cereal bowl. Your resume is a tool. Its purpose is to get you an interview. If you want to increase your odds of getting great jobs in the future, perform today. Be the best employee you can today. Achieving great results is the best insurance policy against unemployment.
- "I need an MBA." Not only do you not need an MBA, you probably don't need a college degree. Of course, there are jobs where you will need a college degree, like being a school teacher or doctor. And there's no doubt that having a college degree will likely present more opportunities, but the vast majority of jobs don't require a college degree.
Don't let negativity prevent you from learning more about a career opportunity. Hold your head high.