Many job seekers will spend countless hours applying for different positions that fit their skills and preferences.
However, there are several myths that hamper the job search process. Some of these myths have been debunked while others have taken strong root in society.
Here are some of the myths and misconceptions that might be holding you back while you’re applying for jobs.
1. Your CV should be a one pager
In reality, the length of your CV depends on your working experience and academic background. If you’ve just recently graduated, your CV is likely one or two pages long.
The myth that your CV should be as short as possible is held in place by unfounded facts such as Kenyan employers not having the time to look through myriad CVs in detail.
However, this myth couldn’t be further from the truth. Truth is, having a clean appeal on your CV is more considerable than the length of the CV.
When drafting your CV, ensure everything is neatly spaced and all the information is clearly visible. A clean CV will make it easier for the employer to scan through, thus increasing your opportunity of getting the job.
2. No one is hiring at the moment
Lately, it seems like the sky is always about to fall. We’re either dealing with elections or the aftermath; or some other calamity that chases investors away from the country. In the past few years, we have had large-scale retrenchments and international companies that have pulled out their operations from the country.
Still, we have more companies that are breaking ground in the Kenyan market. Also, we have multiple local companies that are growing at a fast rate. These companies have an insatiable need for qualified personnel.
When looking for a job, focus on being thorough and exhaust all avenues that could lead you to your next job.
3. The more your applications, the more your chances
Many of us have fallen victim to this myth. It holds that the more jobs you apply for, the more your chances are of getting a job.
In principle, the idea seems feasible, and it is -saves for one little detail; when you do mass applications, you most likely end up generalizing your CV and cover letter.
Contrary to what you might think, recruiters can easily tell a generic application. When they see a generic application, they inadvertently sum you as an unserious applicant. Think of it in the same way you ignore those generic forwards to your Whatsapp.
4. Your personal online life is of no concern when searching for a job
We are living in a digital age and a better part of our lives are spent on the internet. Here in Kenya, we have some of the most tech-savvy people in the region. While this is mostly a positive thing, it could have negative repercussions to your job search efforts.
Today, many employers are asking for a candidate’s social media profiles. While jumping on trending topics and sharing memes may be fun, it could cost you a job in the long run.
Before you apply for any position, ensure your social media profile has a professional appeal.
5. If you don’t hear back in a few days, your application was unsuccessful
Getting the right candidate is usually a rigorous process that goes beyond looking good on your CV. After the recruiters have screened through the numerous applications, they start the shortlisting process. After they have shortlisted the applicants, they will then conduct interviews.
After the interviewing process, they then have to deliberate the various options. Finally, they have to liaise with the client and get their input.
This process can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month.
If you do not hear back from the recruiter in the first few days, do not give up hope. Additionally, continue checking your mail regularly and answering calls in a professional manner.
Most of these myths may have been true at some point, others are a stretch of the truth. Whichever the case, you can now apply for jobs in an informed manner, knowing what to omit and what to include
NB: This story was originally published at Career Point Kenya