Stephanie K
over 6 months ago
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Job hunting is no fun. You end up hunting for a job for weeks or even months and have yet to land an interview. Or maybe you've managed to make it to the final hiring process only to find that you didn't get the job. Sucks right? Well depending on what challenges you're personally facing while looking,you're likely going to experience a range of different emotions. Emotions such as feeling overwhelmed, excited, frustrated, impatient, rejected, unworthy, and even invisible!

So if you're having trouble landing a job - this post will tell you exactly why.

1. Your RESUME and/or experience aren't relevant enough for the job

  • If you don't have experience that relates to the position,your application will be rejected since your background lacks the specific things hiring managers are looking for. For example - you need management experience to be a manager, so you'll have had to actually lead a team of people before the role requires you have management experience. Communication skills and teamwork are great to have but don't count as they are too broad.

2.Errors in your Application -Typos or you've left required fields blank, or you didn't share contact information, you won't advance in the hiring process. So be sure to proofread and double check for spelling errors and make sure everything's filled out.

3.You didn't follow the application instructions -A common pitfall in the job hunt is when candidates takes shortcuts, whether it's skipping sections or straight out not follow directions. This is like having errors on your application which demonstrates carelessness or inability to follow instructions.

4 You appear to lack clarity in your career or job hopping gaps -Unexplainable gaps in your resume will result in employers to less likely invest in you because they will wonder if you'll be committed to the role/company long term. This is unfortunate if it applies to your situation but it's the reality of the job market today. So briefly explain your job gaps in cover letters.

5 You're applying for the wrong jobs -This is exactly like having a resume that isn't relevant to the job. If you're in the habit of applying for jobs you either are underqualified or overqualified - it could be why you are not finding a job. Take another hard look at your resume and what it says you're capable of.

6 Your search is too narrow

  • Open to your mind to building your career buy starting in more junior or entry level positions to gain experience and grow your career to meet your goals. You may need to consider applying outside your industry or location.

7 Your network isn't wide enough -It's not what you know, it's who you know. In fact a LinkedIn study showed that 85% of all jobs are filled via networking. Getting to know people in various industries through networking puts you in the position to meet others who can either connect you with job opportunities. This could be what you're missing.

8 You didn't make a great first impression

  • You made it to the interview. Great! But you either showed up late or failed to dress appropriately, unfortunately this will cost you the job.

9 You didn't practice ahead of time

  • I've had candidates arrive for an interview unprepared and to me they stand out as "unprepared" lol. There are lots of resources online to help you prepare for an interview. And definitely ask a friend or family member to practice, they ask you questions and you answer. This will ensure you'll be confident and prepared. And it will show!!

10 You didn't research the company or the industry -You can impress an interviewer by doing solid amount of research on the company and/or industry. It takes time to learn as much as you can about the organization, it's mission, vision, culture and accomplishments. When you show that you know nothing - it implies that you're not really that interested. So why should a company invest in you if you're not interested?

11 You didn't ask any questions -Again this reiterates your interest in the position and company. Also you want to find out information you can't find online such as their onboarding process for new hires, their management style, how they provide feedback/criticism,what's expected of you within 90 days.. well...you get the gist!

In short - revise your resume, check for grammatical/spelling errors, make sure you're applying for jobs that relate to your qualifications/skills even if that's entry level, have to start somewhere even if you're mid-level in your career field.

Good Luck and go get that damn job!

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Joseph Ferber

These are good tips.

These are good tips.

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Seshadri Srinath

I actually would say, be a shining star at the interview, but never stop looking for a job. The job market is great, however companies were originally happy that there was a wageless recovery and have got to where they have to increase wages and are not happy about it at all. This is really the time for employees to climb up the wage ladder. You would never get a 20 or 30% increase in wages at your present job. Especially after you start. However a 20% higher wage job will come along, just move on. Also some unscrupulous employers here will refuse to pay for notice period including a few that would not pay for time you have worked. I lost 3 weeks of wages that way last year. I am now going to give 0 notice. If they want me to give notice, they will pay me in advance.

I actually would say, be a shining star at the interview, but never stop looking for a job. The job market is great, however companies were originally happy that there was a wageless recovery and have got to where they have to increase wages and are not happy about it at all. This is really the time for employees to climb up the wage ladder. You would never get a 20 or 30% increase in wages at your present job. Especially after you start. However a 20% higher wage job will come along, just move on. Also some unscrupulous employers here will refuse to pay for notice period including a few that would not pay for time you have worked. I lost 3 weeks of wages that way last year. I am now going to give 0 notice. If they want me to give notice, they will pay me in advance.

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Ashley Wilson

Thank you for sharing this! I always cringe at that second one Stephanie K ! There is ZERO room for errors when it comes to your resume. Make sure to have friends/family or a professional proofread it for errors and to see if it all flows nicely! Number 10 is a big one too. If you don't research the company you won't know how to answer certain questions during the interview and you also won't be able to determine their culture. You might just be wasting your time if it's not the right place for you. Thanks again Stephanie! : )

Thank you for sharing this! I always cringe at that second one Stephanie K ! There is ZERO room for errors when it comes to your resume. Make sure to have friends/family or a professional proofread it for errors and to see if it all flows nicely! Number 10 is a big one too. If you don't research the company you won't know how to answer certain questions during the interview and you also won't be able to determine their culture. You might just be wasting your time if it's not the right place for you. Thanks again Stephanie! : )

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