You have probably encountered an abundance of advice in your search for Portland Jobs. There is nothing wrong with that; there is plenty of good advice out there, but you should also be wary of the flawed logic and the occasional myths that accompany job searching. Here are the some of the most persistent ones, courtesy of Alison Green of U.S. News.
Myth #1: It is all about who you know. This one isnt going away anytime soon; it has stuck around for a reason. In all fairness, making connections in your trade is a good thing, and it can be helpful. When it comes down to it all, however, your skills, experience and the way you present yourself is what is going to land you that job. Not who you know.
Myth #2: No one reads cover letters. You may think cover letters are a superfluous formality, but that is a perilous assumption to make. A solid cover letter can elevate an otherwise pedestrian job application and there is no way of knowing whether or not a hiring manager will read your letter. So it always best to have one, unless the company youre applying to explicitly tells you not to submit a cover letter.
Myth #3: Employers will respond immediately if they are interested. Dont be surprised if you dont hear back from an employer right away; response times can range anywhere from a week to a month (or longer than that), regardless of how interested they are in you.
Myth #4: Resumes should only be one page. The one page resume is no longer the standard. These days, two or even three page resumes are becoming increasingly common. The one page only rule that cover letters are bound to need not be applied to resumes.
By Kyle Wise
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