Job Search Myths Revisited

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I wrote an article last year about job search myths, and I’d like to provide additional insights on some of these.
1.) Perfect resume
A perfectly manicured resume only gets you the interview; it’s you and your experience that will get you the job.
We’ve all heard horror stories about those who went on an online date in which the date is completely different from the person that’s being asked out online. Similarly, candidates who turn out to be completely different from the image their resumes present truly turn recruiters and hiring managers off. It makes you come across as a fraud.
I am not discouraging anyone from using a resume writer. However, I do encourage you to use one that does more than just write a resume. I should find one that helps bring out your inner confidence rather than just decorating your experience with words. The issue is more than making sure your experience fits into one page, or creating a resume that “sells you,” but one that matches what you believe you’ve done to what the company is looking for.
2.) Good experience is enough
The quality of a question shows not only your interest in the position, but also your intellectual horsepower and how serious you are about your career. For example, suppose a recruiter has just spent five minutes walking you through the position, demonstrating excitement about the opportunity and where the company is headed. On the recruiter or hiring manager’s end, excitement is high, and you should maintain the momentum by asking thoughtful questions; the company’s definition of success or the resources available to enable success are some typical examples.
I’ve been told a number of times that people in the tech field move from one company to the next every one or two years. While that is common and acceptable, as someone who looks at resumes and interviews people for a living, I have noticed that someone with the tenacity and loyalty to work his/her way up a job is exponentially more attractive than someone who moves around every 12 to 18 months.
The cost of hiring someone is high. Depending on the position, it can take at least six months to financially recover the cost incurred to hire someone new. If you are someone who jumps from one company to the next, companies do tend to look at you as a financial risk at best, a management nightmare at worst. While it doesn’t exclude you from employment per se, the level of the thoughtfulness of your questions and sincerity, in this case, will indicate how serious you are about this particular opportunity, the success in this role and the overall level of seriousness about your career.
3.) Admitting to underperforming is a sure way to blow an interview
I personally like to ask specific questions about an interviewee’s performance. The way someone handles the performance question speaks volume about what kind of worker you are.
Everyone makes mistakes, and many companies look for people who learn from their mistakes and move on, not someone who blame-shifts and definitely not someone who makes things up. So, if you happen to join a company that does not offer the infrastructure needed for you to be successful on your job, it is okay. Own your mistakes in not vetting this opportunity well and move on. In your next role, be more careful and ask more insightful questions. Take your time, even, if you are able. If you are someone who has made more than two mistakes in your employment decisions, whether it be joining a company that didn’t offer you the resources you needed, or the company decided to restructure your role, pay closer attention to your interviews the third time. At the same time, be sure to check your attitude. You will need an advocate more than ever, someone preferably from one or all of your short stints who can vouch for you, and can speak to your ability and grace in handling difficult situations.