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7 False Assumptions Most Job Seekers Have

7 False Assumptions Most Job Seekers Have

Today, when most opportunities don’t show up unless you persistently look for them, job seekers have a universal problem: looking for a job is hard! With all the competition, all the opportunities, and all the talent scattered globally, job seekers need to be better, more effective, and more outstanding than ever.

How can you rise above the rest and stand out in a good way? You start by modifying your mindset — get rid of these seven false assumptions and get the dream job that you’ve always wanted!

1. Target any kind of job to increase your chances of actually getting a job.

Get real: If you say in your resume that landing Job A, Job B, or Job C is fine, it gives the message that you may not be good at what you do. It tells the hiring manager this: “Hey, hire me and give me whatever position you have. I’m average in all of them, so you can play it safe.”

Clean up your act: Focus on one job position and include all your credentials that are significantly relevant to this position. Give the image that you were born for this position so your employer should hire you, instead of other job seekers.

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2. The more pages your resume has, the more likely you are to be hired.

Get real: Quality always trumps quantity. No one would appreciate the fact that you included outdated or irrelevant information just to make your resume appear bulkier.

Clean up your act: Present your information chronologically — from the most updated to the least. (If you’re not an entry-level job seeker, including your high school experience may not be wise.)

3. You can omit valuable information from your resume — you’ll be asked during the interview anyway.

Get real: If important information isn’t included in the top section of the first page of your resume, the hiring manager won’t bother reading the rest of your resume. In a way, resume writing is a bit like novel writing: if you can’t get their attention from the start, your reader won’t bother finishing your book.

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Clean up your act:  Include credentials that are important and targeted to the job position that you’re looking for. If you’re not deemed qualified enough based on your resume, you won’t be deemed qualified enough to merit a job interview.

4. Your online reputation is different from your real image, so you don’t need to care about it.

Get real: Nowadays, employers do an online search on their potential employees. If they see a provocative Facebook photo, a promiscuous Tweet or a pathetic and sloppy LinkedIn profile, they will definitely think twice about hiring you.

Clean up your act: For you to be better than the other job seekers around, monitor and maintain your online reputation accordingly. Delete those party Facebook photos, remove those negative tweets about your former boss, and fix up your LinkedIn profile. Who you are online translates to who you are offline. Think about that.

5. Who cares about cover letters? Hiring managers don’t have time these days!

Get real: Job seekers are too sensitive sometimes — they think that because hiring managers are overly busy, they are unable to read cover letters anymore. The truth is that cover letters are actually your best bet in getting your resume read.

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Clean up your act: Your cover letter can make or break your career, as it is the hiring manager’s first impression of you. Look at the job’s qualifications and incorporate them in your cover letter. Get the company’s vision and mission and include that as well. You get bonus points if you know the hiring manager’s name.

6. The vaguer, the better.

Get real: No one likes reading general and unclear resumes which have no point.

Clean up your act: Be specific. Know what you’re talking about. Use bullet points. Write in the active voice.

7. Write just one kind of resume — the hiring managers will absolutely love how efficient you are.

Get real: Job seekers mistakenly think that a one-size-fits-all resume is okay. It’s not. It spells laziness, recklessness, and negligence — three traits that hiring managers can absolutely do without.

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Clean up your act: Personalize your resume according to the job position that you’re applying for and the culture of the company that you want to be involved in.

Which of these false assumptions of job seekers are you most guilty of? Let us know in the comments below!

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Lianne Martha Maiquez Laroya

Lianne is a licensed financial advisor, Registered Financial Planner, entrepreneur and book author.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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