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Don’t be fooled by these job-hunting untruths.

"Breaking job myths" (重いので注意:PDF 5.7MB)
(The Canadian Immigrant Magazine 3月号 23ページ)

特にMyth #2。
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"Breaking job myths"
Don’t be fooled by these job-hunting untruths.
Emma Hamer: Career Strategies

Every time I begin working with a new client, we tackle a number of persistent beliefs that get in the way of success — the common myths of job hunting. Here are the top three myths.

Myth #1. I have to go out there and “sell” myself to employers. Many jobseekers feel uncomfortable with the idea of “selling” themselves. Somehow, it’s distasteful to them, like phoning people around dinnertime or going door-to-door and demonstrating vacuum cleaners. The image in their mind is of getting doors slammed in their face (metaphorically, if not physically) and having people hang up the phone. Many are relieved — but doubtful — when I reassure them that finding a job is not about selling; it’s about marketing.
And the difference between the two? Selling equals making someone buy, while marketing equals making someone want to buy. Finding out what someone (an employer) needs, before you offer yourself to meet that need, is the key to successful career marketing.
Myth #2. It’s easier to get the job if you are overqualified. While it may be true that some employers prefer hiring engineers to sweep the floor, most employers are in fact smarter than that. They know that a vastly overqualified employee will quickly become bored, and will either start making mistakes or quickly move on. Hiring someone who will be able to do most of the job and who will feel challenged to improve performance over time, makes much more sense.
From the jobseeker’s perspective, applying for jobs that are considerably below your skill level sends out the message that you don’t really believe you can do the job you’re trained for. If you don’t, why would any employer? Show an employer how you meet the requirements, and stay focused on how you will help the employer benefit from your efforts.
Of course, this is easier said than done for some immigrants whose overseas experience may not be recognized in Canada and are forced to take jobs outside their original training. The key strategy then is to demonstrate how your experience and the depth of your knowledge can benefit this particular company. For instance, if you are an electronics engineer, your understanding of hardware constraints and your practical abilities to repair electronic equipment may be very interesting to a smaller computer services company. Be creative — learn to think “outside the box.”
Myth #3. Asking for help shows weakness and is a sign of failure. To quote the infamous Dr. Phil: “You’ve got to name it, before you can claim it.” Nobody can help you if they don’t know what kind of help you need.
Imagine going into a supermarket, walking up to one of the employees and asking for help “to buy food.” You’ll quickly find that you must explain what type of food you’re looking for, before the employee can direct you to the correct aisle. It is not weak to ask for help — on the contrary! A wise person knows their limitations and behaves accordingly. Knowing what you want is the first step to getting what you want — and you must tell other people about it so they can offer to help. Asking for help in reaching your goals is the surest way to success.
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by workincanada | 2005-04-02 12:07 | カナダ就職・転職