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Understanding Job Market Myths

Whether itís a good economy or a bad one, there will always be myths about the job market. So many, in fact, itís sometimes hard to determine fact from fiction when it comes to searching for a job. Here are the most common myths when it comes to navigating through the job market.

Just look at the newspaper, there are no jobs out there. First, the hardcopy newspaper is quickly becoming a dinosaur when it comes to readership and job postings. Realizing that fewer people are reading newspapers, the majority of employers are using electronic recruiting resources. Look through the online employment section of a major newspaper and youíll find not only local, but jobs nationwide. In fact, depending on the position, employers may conduct a nationwide search for the right candidate. The bottom line is that there are jobs out there you just need to know where to look, have an outstanding resume, good interview skills and a lot to offer a potential employer.

Everything requires a degree. Make sure you read the ad closely. Employers will often substitute relevant job experience for that expensive piece of paper. Even if the ad doesnít mention equivalencies, apply anyway. You never know what they may be willing to substitute for a degree.

Most positions are never advertised. This myth is actually more of a truth. When was the last time you got from behind your computer and went to a networking event? Attend a monthly meeting for a professional association related to your field. Many organizations offer job seekers and recruiters the opportunity to get up and say a few words at the beginning of every meeting. In addition, there is power in job referrals. Employers know that employees will not want to embarrass themselves by making a bad referral. If you have a friend that knows your work and knows somebody, you have a better chance at snagging an interview for the position.

Remember that there are many myths floating around about the best way to search for a job. In order to be successful, however, itís important to separate fact from fiction.

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