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Career Advice Myths That Just Won’t Die and What You Can Do About Them


One of thCareer Zombiee things I have observed throughout my years as a career coach is that there are certain career myths that, try as I might, I can’t seem to kill off.

Certain ill-founded career beliefs tend to resurrect themselves again and again. Like a zombie, these myths appear to have a mind of their own, and unfortunately, can do real damage to your career.

This month we will examine the top career zombies that resurface regularly and will provide advice on how to save yourself from each.

The Outdated Job Search Zombie

This zombie sounds like this:

“I need a career change after many years of feeling unfulfilled (or I was unexpectedly laid off) so the first thing I should do is update my resume and start applying for jobs.”

Whoa, hold the presses! What I hear often is that by using a tactical resume, you are getting few interviews and those interviews don’t lead to job offers. As a result, your job search turns into a mystifying struggle with an unclear career direction.

What is missing in this instance is a clear vision of where you can do your best work, followed by a strategy for getting there.

That means taking time to calibrate your values, strengths, and ideal role, as well as researching to identify companies that hire people like you.

Notice the order of the process outlined in the sentence above. Too often, clients tell me they think their skills are transferable and they hope the hiring manager or recruiter will see that. That is an unlikely outcome.

Instead of beginning your job search by looking at job postings to see where you fit in, start with clarifying the work you do best. That means articulating your values, strengths, accomplishments, and measurable impact in your current or previous positions.

Once you have a clear picture of your marketable skills, figure out who hires people like you (not necessarily who has openings today).

The resume you write after this process is more likely to be the outcome of a smart strategy. Hiring managers and recruiters respond favorably to a well-thought out, targeted resume. Using this content on your LinkedIn profile will now ensure that you generate interest from the types of firms where you can do your best work.