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Alaska Jobs Seekers: Don't Buy These Job Hunting Myths


While there's definitely lots of great counsel available to the job seeker to help them on their path, there is also a lot of just plain bad information out there that is likely to decrease the efficacy of those seeking Anchorage jobs. As you conduct your own job search, don't get hung up on the "myths" of job hunting. You may have heard of some of these (and, unfortunately, this list only scratches the surface); we advise you to take the opinion of Alison Green of U.S. News to heart as she debunks some of these insidious anecdotes.

Myth #1: “It is all about the people you know.” This has to be the most consistent job finding myth of them all, and it isn’t going away anytime soon. To be clear and straightforwardly set record straight: making connections in your trade is a good thing, and it can be helpful. But when it comes down to it, your skills, experience and and presentation of the aforementioned matter much more.

Myth #2: “Nobody reads cover letters.” Cover letters aren’t nearly as insignificant as many people would like to think they are. A good cover letter can elevate an otherwise pedestrian job application. Because there is no way of knowing whether or not a hiring manager will read your letter or not, it always best to have one, unless the company you’re applying to explicitly tells you not to submit a cover letter.

Myth #3: “Employers will get back to you right away if they are interested.” Don’t be alarmed if you don’t 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 a single page.” The one-page resume is no longer the standard. Two or even three page resumes are becoming the norm.

By Kyle Wise

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