Valerie Francis
over 6 months ago
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Help Needed in finding employment

I have been out of work for a while. I don't understand what I am doing wrong. I have done so many interviews that I am now labeled as professional interviewee! I am in IT and it should not be this hard to get a job. I will get calls from recruiters with no call backs or feedback, I will spend hour applying to all sorts of companies, even went as far to apply to customer service jobs. Even that has had no luck in getting interviews. I am beyond frustrated and really losing hope. I have kids and a family to care for and no hope in sight. Is there any one that help out there!

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Ashley Wilson

Hi Valerie Francis I am sorry to hear this! If you have found that you are not hearing back from jobs or landing interviews, the issue might be your resume.

If a company uses what’s called a [applicant tracking system] (https://www.thebalance.com/what-is-an-applicant-tracking-systems-ats-2061926) your resume could be slipping through the cracks.

The ATS is a program that companies use to sort through 1,000’s of resumes to find the best possible ones. If it doesn’t recognize what it needs, your resume will be cast aside and likely NEVER be seen by an actual person at that company.

To avoid being passed over, utilize [keywords] (https://www.jobscan.co/blog/top-resume-keywords-boost-resume/) in your resume. When recruiters search for them, they are looking for certain skills in your resume that match up with what THEY need.

Say for example you are applying for a job as the manager of a hotel restaurant, a recruiter may search for phrases such as “restaurant manager” and “hotel restaurant” or search for the word “hospitality.”

Recruiters are not going to search for words and phrases such as “outgoing” and “hard worker.” This is because keywords highlight your skills, not your traits.

Take some time to make a list of yours and add them to the work experience section of your profile so your resume is noticed. Not sure what skills you should add? Check [these out] (https://www.thebalancecareers.com/list-of-the-best-skills-for-resumes-2062422).

Remember to keep searching for jobs [here] (https://www.jobcase.com/jobs/search) and stay positive, you can do this!

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