May 08, 2013

3 Myths that could keep you from your dream job

"3 Myths That Could Keep You From Your Dream job"
by guest blogger: Emma

When looking for a job, especially your dream job, finding a good fit for you and the company that chooses you is a high priority. Several years of recession have resulted in discouragement among many job seekers, and the circulation of myths about job-seeking certainly hasn’t helped people’s confidence. To start, let’s take a look at some of these popular myths and learn the truths that can put you on the path to finding, and landing, your dream job.

Myth #1: The most qualified candidate always gets the job

Truth: Although qualifications matter, many job seekers sell themselves short by not applying to jobs they would enjoy for fear that a more qualified individual will overshadow your attempts at attaining it. The truth is that job skills are only one part of what employers look for in new employees. A person’s soft skills, like personality, working well with others and an ability to capture the vision of the company play heavily into a company’s overall employment decision.

Myth #2: If you’ve been unemployed for a long time, you should take the first job you are offered

Truth: While today’s job market is competitive, keep in mind that not every job is for you. You can minimize the likelihood of being offered a job well below your expected pay grade or skill level by applying only for jobs that appear to suit your qualifications. However, sometimes the wrong job will look like the right one. Accepting a position that does not suit you, or your needs, can actually set you back professionally, more so than waiting for a good fit. Naturally, you will want to look for jobs that play toward your strengths, but when you only meet the minimum requirements for a position, don’t count yourself out of the running. Taking an open approach to learning new skills can lead you to a job or industry that you love, but never would have even considered had you stuck to only your strengths!

Myth #3: Searching for a job is difficult and time consuming

Truth: At times in our economy, this has been the truth. Today, however, companies have come to the understanding that hiring top talent is the best way to grow their organizations and their profit. As a result, many employers are making changes in their hiring processes to ensure that they get the best people into open positions as quickly as possible. Some companies are offering perks such as telecommuting, flexible benefits, and parking stipends. Other companies, such as Macy’s and AT&T are saddling up to today’s technology changes and using platforms like JIBE to allow applicants to quickly upload application materials on-the-go right from their smartphone.

Emma is a mid 20-something year old with a passion for life, love, fitness, and helping others. She loves to be active and get involved in as many sport and community activities as possible. She has also been known to bust some serious moves on the dance floor after a glass or two of wine! Emma is currently studying to become a Career & Life Coach, and loves to network with people from around the world! Check out Emma’s blog at


  1. good post. Main thing is stay focus.

    1. Thank you for your kind words! You are right, it is definitely important to stay focused while in this process -- but also to have a balance in that focus -- on the job search AND also on the other important aspects in your life! It's all about balance :)

  2. Super post, it sounds amazing!

    1. Thank you Katie! You're words and enthusiasm are much appreciated! :)

  3. I think you are right, after getting off all those myths I found my dream job and im very happy now :)
    nice post!

  4. gerweat post Emma. How true--it does get intimidating if one is not the best!

  5. Great to hear this! I think many people believe these myths and it is good to debunk them.

  6. This was a really informative read, thanks for the motivation!

  7. i couldn't agree more to that


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