Friday, October 23, 2009

The 10 Biggest Job Hunt Myths

MYTH: You shouldn't use a "summary" section on your resume -- it's a waste of space.

A summary on your resume is an absolutely critical element, as it ties together what you've done over the course of your career. A well-written summary shows your judgment, your writing skills and your ability to determine what's salient in your background. Without it, you're saying to the reader, "I've done a bunch of jobs, and here they are -- you figure out what it means to your company."

Reality: A concise, specific, and no-boilerplate summary is a critical element in your resume.

MYTH: The job market will improve this spring -- you're better off waiting out the next couple of months.

This may be the most dangerous job-search myth of all, because if you're not working, the last thing you want to do is wait until your unemployment runs out before beginning your search. Employers won't be impressed by your explanation of how you took time off to hang out while the job market improved. There's no guarantee that things will get easier a few months from now. Don't delay -- get your job search engine in gear, now!

Reality: Don't let moss grow on your job search -- get your plan together now and jump into action!

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