Don’t defeat yourself by accepting common myths.
Myth: If there’s nothing available in your field, switch careers.
Fact: That’s one of the worst things you can do. You compete against others with experience, and you will not approach your old salary.
Myth: Lower your salary demands. You’ll be more attractive to employers in an uncertain economy.
Fact: People who ask for less are viewed as “undesirable property.” If you’re perceived as anything less than first-class, you’re not likely to be hired.
Myth: If you’re over 50, it will be very hard to find another job.
Fact: Workers over 50 win new jobs nearly as quickly as their younger counterparts. Today’s employers place a premium on experience.
Myth: Bring up salary as quickly as possible in the first interview.
Fact: That’s a fast way to be removed from consideration. It tells employers you are more concerned with yourself than with the company.
Myth: You can only get interviews between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Fact: Employers are often available before and after regular hours. If you interview then, you’ve got an employer’s undivided attention.
Source: New York Times