Right now, the unemployment rate is still relatively high in most areas. How can you beat the odds and find a job? First, you need to get your facts straight. Here are five common myths about job hunting:

MYTH: You can’t get a job if you don’t have a degree.

Truth: While having a degree is certainly required in some fields, if you haven’t gone to college, you can still find a decent job that pays well. For example, in some states, workers for natural gas and oil companies are currently making six-figure salaries. This is also possible in other fields, or you might be better off getting just a two-year degree or technical education instead of getting a bachelor’s degree. The bottom line is that you shouldn’t blame your lack of education for your lack of a job.

MYTH: You can’t get a job if you have a record.

Truth: Lots of people have done stupid things in the past. Employers realize this. While you might have trouble finding a job in some fields, like law or politics, just because you have a DUI in your past or even a criminal record doesn’t mean that you can find a job at all. You state or local government may even have job placement help available to you if you’ve been in jail in the past. Get a copy of your background check so you know what id says and go into job interviews ready to answer questions about your past and show how you are different now.

MYTH: You have no power over whether or not you are hired.

Truth: Though it certainly feels that way, you do have some power! First, you have the power to ensure you give the best interview possible. Be prepared by practicing with a friend before the interview, and make sure you do a little research about the company. You also have the power to ensure you aren’t getting passed up for the job for any illegal reasons. For example, in most cases, you can’t be passed up for a job because you’re female (or male) or because you have a disability. Know your rights.

MYTH: You need a ton of experience to get a job experience.

Truth: Many companies are actually looking for fresh faces with new ideas about the industry they’re in. This isn’t always the case, of course, but don’t be afraid to apply, even to top level positions. If you don’t have the years of experience that your competition for the job has, make up for it in other ways, like with special training or skills in the field.

MYTH: There are no jobs in your area.

Truth: This is almost never the case. People are always hiring, it’s just a matter of the kinds of jobs available. Finding any job is what is important, even if it is flipping burgers or working at the mall. This at least gives you work experience, even if you want a job in another field – it is much better on your resume than a long period of unemployment. So swallow your pride and take the job you can find. Remember, you can keep looking. This job doesn’t have to define your career.

This guest post is from Allison with BackgroundCheck.org.


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