Ten Job Hunting Myths
It's tough even finding a job these days, much less the perfect job. Misconceptions about job hunting, the working world and the entry-level employee's role can easily bog down a young professional's progress.
Improve your chances of finding your dream job. Don't get sucked into these ten common job-hunting myths:
1 | Finding a job after college will be quick and easy
Although the job market for this year's college grads looks rosier than last year, don't expect the job offers to come rolling in. Finding work may be a cinch for a select few, but for the vast majority, it will still take serious effort.
The length of your hunt will depend on a variety of factors, including:
- The job market
- Your location
- Your qualifications
- The amount of time you dedicate to your search
- Your interviewing skills
- The types of resources you use to find job openings
If it takes a while, don't get discouraged. The average job search lasts four months, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas. To make ends meet in the meantime, you may have to take a less glamorous (and lower-paying) gig. A few of my friends have worked in call centers, flipped burgers or cleaned toilets for a couple months after graduation -- just until they landed a job where they could use their degree.