More Common Job Resume Myths

Landing a new job is too important a task to leave to common knowledge, as we’ve pointed out in a previous article on job resume myths. Here are a few more myths to avoid.

If you care at all about your career, you have to consider job resume myths to be among your prime enemies in the fight to get ahead. In some cases they can hurt you more than a lack of education or experience, and present a greater challenge than hiring freezes or a shaky economy.

In a previous article, we explored the mythology behind those all-important hiring documents we call “resumes.” Here, we offer a few more items for your consideration.

Myth 1: I should send out as many resumes as possible.

This resume myth is something we like to call “the shotgun approach.” If you send out resumes to everyone you can, you’re going to get some hits, right? Well, maybe, but consider this: are the responses you’re getting the ones you want? In the end, scattershot job searches usually don’t work out.

Instead of sending out mass mailings, adopt a more focused approach. Home in on the employers that best offer what you’re looking for, and use your resources to make the highest quality contacts you can. In this case (as so often in life), quality is far more valuable than quantity.

Myth 2: It’s okay to pad my resume a little.

Well, no, it isn’t — not only is it outright lying, it’ll eventually catch up with you. Most companies will check your bona fides, because they’ve learned the hard way that they must. So resist this resume myth: don’t give in to the urge to inflate your grades, award yourself fancy job titles, or claim a degree you never earned.

Instead, make the best of what you’ve actually done, rather than trying to make yourself into someone you aren’t. Your integrity is important, and most companies are more interested in being able to trust you than in whether or not you were valedictorian of your college class (even if you were).

Myth 3: My resume alone will get me a job offer.

Well, that depends. This resume myth might have some truth to it in some fields, especially those that are more interested in warm bodies than experience. But if you expect to work in an office environment, you should consider your resume to be nothing more than the proverbial foot in the door.

What a resume does, most of the time, is get you an interview. From there, it’s up to you to present yourself professionally, to express a positive attitude, and to clarify why your skill-set makes you the best person for the job. Your personality might also impact the hirer’s decision, so try to remain upbeat and cheerful.

Remember that no matter how good it is, your resume is only part of the process of landing a job. Don’t let this resume myth deprive you of the position of a lifetime.