10 Reasons You’re Not Getting A Job
Have you applied for a ton of jobs but you’re not getting anywhere?
Have you been out of work for a long time and cant catch a break? Have you been on the job hunt for weeks or worse months? If this is you then you might want to stop and take a breath. The reason you are not getting hired might be listed below.
1 – You are not applying for the right jobs
I had a client once who was a fresh grad and couldn’t understand why she hadn’t been able to secure a role in leadership. She had never worked in leadership before. In fact she had never even worked in the industry that she was applying for jobs in before. She was letting her ambitions get in the way of reality. When we put her focus on the jobs that her skills and experience were suited to, she was able to land a great new job in the industry she was interested in. This was a great result for her and I am happy to say that she has been able to secure a more senior role already.
2 – Your resume isn’t relevant to the jobs you are applying for
If you are applying for jobs and not getting much back in return then you are likely doing something wrong. One of my clients had a resume that was 16 (yes, seriously!!) pages long. It contained a truckload of information about his career but didn’t target what the prospective employer wanted to read. To put it simply, less is sometimes more. Keep your resume relevant, use keywords, bullet points and most importantly keep your life story off the page.
3 – You don’t know how to market yourself
So this is a big one. No-one shows you how to market yourself to a prospective employer (well I am : visit www.yexecutive.com to find out more). You need to know what your strengths are, how to describe your skills, knowledge and experience and you need to show the prospective employer the value you will add. You need to do all this in a simple and concise way.
4 – You’re not making the most of LinkedIn
You’re on LinkedIn. You apply for jobs on LinkedIn. What else can you do? The answer is HEAPS! The very first thing you can do is make sure you will appear in search results for the job that you want to secure. It is believed that more than 90% of recruiters and hiring managers use LinkedIn to find candidates if you’re not appearing in their searches you are likely missing opportunities. If you are interested in optimizing your LinkedIn profile why not shoot us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you our LinkedIn Profile Checklist for free.
5 – You are relying on advertised jobs only
So the obvious place to start when you are looking for a new job is on your favorite job board (think www.seek.com or www.indeed.com). I have clients who come to me after only using that method of applying for jobs. It hasn’t worked. The reason why is simple. About 80% of vacant jobs are never EVER advertised. This means if you are spending most of your time focusing on advertised jobs then you are missing out on 80% of vacant jobs. Sounds like focusing on the “hidden job market” is a much better idea right? To learn more read https://www.yexecutive.com/youre-going-to-need-to-work-your-network-to-get-great-career/
6 – You’re not using your network to help you
Now that we know that only 20% of jobs are advertised it is no surprise that we need to get a little help from our friends (read network). This means that you should tell people that you are on the hunt for a new job. Reach out to your old boss, colleagues, university friends and long lost cousins. The more people you have working for you the better.
7 – You don’t have a great relationship with a great recruiter
Recruitment Consultants get a hard time (and in some instances rightly so) but I think Recruitment Consultants play an essential part in landing you a great new job. A great recruiter is going to be able to give you market insights, salary trends and most importantly they can give you opportunities that you might not be able to find yourself. Don’t forget that recruiters work on several jobs at any one time and they will have lots of candidates wanting their attention. If you don’t hear back or if you want to know the progress of your application just pick up the phone or send them an email. A great relationship needs to work both ways.
8 – You don’t display confidence in your abilities
Having confidence and displaying confidence can sometimes be 2 different things. I had a client that was unconfident that he wouldn’t apply for jobs just in case he didn’t get it. Poor guy was so unsure of himself that he was being detrimental to his own success. With a few sessions and a few tactics he was able to get the confidence boost he needed and more importantly he was able to talk about this skills, strengths and experience in a supper positive and authentic way. For more information on building confidence read https://www.yexecutive.com/keeping-confidence-when-hunting-new-job/
9 – You don’t prepare enough for a job interview
The candidate sits down and the very first question I ask them bombs. This is devastating and if you end up bombing on the first question then you will likely have a rubbish interview. Preparing for a job interview is so important and it is one of the things that I believe is essential for every single person going for any job anywhere. To learn more about preparing for job interviews read https://www.yexecutive.com/this-is-how-to-answer-so-tell-me-about-yourself/ and https://www.yexecutive.com/you-need-to-do-these-five-thing-to-land-a-great-new-job/
10 – You don’t ask for help
I hope these “10 reasons you’re not getting a job” are able to help you out. If you are interested in getting a head of the pack with job search skills to get you into the job that you deserve visit www.yexecutive.com and book one of our Job Search Accelerator workshops today.