When you're searching for a job, everyone around you seems to think they know all the answers. Not to toot our own horn, but we actually are the experts on the matter. While your friends and family might be offering good advice, don't always believe everything you hear. Check out these common job search myths:
1. Experience is king.
Job seekers often think that if they don't have experience they won't be considered for the job, which is far from the truth. Employers have told us they'd hire a candidate with a positive attitude and open availability over who just has the experience. Even better if you're a triple threat.
2. Apply everywhere possible.
When the job search gets frustrating, it can be tempting to put in hundreds of applications and just take whatever you can get but fight the urge. Slow down, take your time and read the job description carefully to see if you would actually be a good fit for the position. You don't want to waste both yours and the employer's time by applying to things you aren't qualified for. And, it won't be worth it if you get stuck doing a job you absolutely hate.
3. Following up is nagging.
In the name of tough love, we're telling you to suck it up. Even if you feel like you're being annoying, the employer won't. In fact, employers have actually told us that they prefer you to follow up on your application. You will stand out among the other applicants and show that you're really serious about the position.
4. You'll hear back from every company.
You apply and don't hear anything. You might even go in for an interview and not hear back. We know it sucks, but it happens. Learn how to bounce back and continue your job search wholeheartedly until you have a solid job offer.
5. Employers never check your history.
Once you're hired, you represent your employer on and off the clock. Be prepared for drug tests, background checks and calls to your references. Also, more recently employers have been checking applicant's social media profiles so clean those up or change your profile settings to private.
What are some myths you've heard? Tell us below!