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July 29, 2015

Setting the Record Straight on Four Job Search Myths

Job-Search-MythsOn a daily basis, executive recruiters encounter misconceptions about the job search process. Such mistakes do not represent a candidate weakness, but an understandable lack of awareness. Job seekers have a limited, one-sided perspective of the job search, while recruiters have access to the full scope.

As such, Abacus Group welcomes the opportunity to educate professionals about how to best progress through their careers.

The following are four popular beliefs about job searching that we’re happy to verify as false to better everyone’s progress in identifying new and better employment.

I’m unemployed, but I’m better off holding out for an immediately permanent job rather than taking a temporary role.

It is an unfortunate reality that extensive periods of unemployment are undesirable to employers, not to mention harmful to your own financial and emotional wellbeing. To keep your period of unemployment as short as possible, turn to temporary work. Temporary work often leads to permanent employment and, when it does not, it gives you more leverage to secure a permanent position.

A lateral job change will not benefit my career.

Taking a new job that pays the same salary won’t provide an immediate benefit to your bank account, but can open doors in terms of your own development. By moving to the right company, you’ll meet smarter people, diversify your skill set with fresh projects, and reinvigoration your passion for your profession.

I shouldn’t ask any questions in the job interview; otherwise, the employer will assume I’m uninformed about the company/the position.

This could not be further from the truth. Intelligent questions—How do you think your company’s recent acquisition of XYZ will impact this position?—rather than those that demonstrate total ignorance—What does your company do?—are actually essential if you want to make a positive impression with the interviewer. The former type of question says you did your homework about the position and actually want the job, while the latter or asking no questions at all say, “I couldn’t care less.”

My technical expertise alone will guarantee that I can find the job I want.

Employers seek candidates with a strong mix of both technical skills and soft skills, like strong communication, leadership, the ability to negotiate, problem-solving and conflict resolution. If you can’t articulate your ability to work as a team member or to think on your feet, being arrogant about your technical knowledge won’t save you.

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