Guest Author - Gwendolyn Thompson
Job searchers continue to face a difficult job market as the economy continues to work hard to stabilize. Many employers have restructured and downsized as they continue productivity for future growth. Job searchers looking for good positions will have to work harder to find a good job.
Staying well informed about the current job market myths is a good way to keep yourself knowledgeable in the future job market outlook as well as keeping updated on the companies and industries that will be hiring as the market continues to grow and production picks up.
The following are the top five job market myths gaining popularity in today’s job market:
There are no jobs to apply for! There are many jobs available during a down turned job market. The problem is that due to economic down turn many more people are looking for a job then were before. It becomes much more difficult to get noticed for the open positions.
Older workers are being pushed out of jobs! It has always been difficult for older workers to find a job after being laid off. Many employers assume that they are more expensive or won’t stay long if the pay is less then they made at their last job.
It is impossible to get a job if you have been laid off! Layoffs are very common in today’s job search and is expected on applications. A good explanation for what you did with your time during the layoff such as volunteering or freelancing could make the difference on recognition.
You have to know someone important in order to get a job! Networking is important in getting a job but you do not have to know the CEO to get it. Sometimes just knowing anyone that works at the company is enough to get your “shoe in”.
If I can’t find a job in my field then there aren’t any! Frustrated job searchers could inaccurately come up with this conclusion. But, the truth is that many companies will create a job position for the right person where as traditional means could not have gotten a person that job.
In order to effectively compete in today’s job market the job searcher must become knowledgeable in order to seek out employers that offer reasonable opportunities and advancements as well as good pay. Companies are still hiring to replace retirees and resignations but you need to know where to look.