JOB SEARCH / DEC. 18, 2014
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5 Reasons You Can't Get a Job

Searching for a job is definitely not easy. If you are currently looking for a job but haven’t been able to secure a position yet, it doesn’t mean you are failing. On the contrary, it is quite possible that you are one of the many talented and very skilled individuals who are just struggling to find a job that meets their needs.

However, if you started your job search months or even a year ago and still no change, you might want to investigate what’s wrong. Just to be sure, it is worth reviewing your job search techniques and checking what you are including on your cover letter and CV, how you choose to handle every interview and how you maintain your online professional presence.

So, let’s check out 5 possible reasons you can’t get a job:

#1 Your CV or Cover Letter betray you

The content, format, or presentation of your CV and cover letter fail to represent your full potential. Even though you have excellent work experience and vast knowledge on your subject, these two documents might be letting you down by not highlighting your key strengths and skills. What makes a CV and cover letter powerful is their ability to grasp the attention of recruiters in under a minute. That’s when you get to stand out from the crowd. Also, it is highly possible that even if you are making your CV and Cover letter relevant to the job requirements you still don’t have a job because you fail to use the right keywords.

#2 You have a weak LinkedIn profile

If you have a LinkedIn profile, you need to be constantly updating and checking if the information you include is correct. Make sure you double check the data on your online profile for any misspellings or inaccurate statements and add any other information that relates to the job you want or might be useful for recruiters. Also, it is important to make it as easy as possible for recruiters to contact you when checking your profile. Be sure to update your contact info and include address, telephone number, email address as well as links to your blogs or other social media accounts.

If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, you should create one now! Don’t underestimate the power of LinkedIn as it can introduce you to a lot of people in your field and help you get discovered!

#3 You don’t prepare enough for interviews

Not preparing for a job interview is a guarantee of failure. Before attending an interview, make sure you complete the following interview preparation steps:

  • Prepare and rehearse your elevator speech.
  • Prepare to answer the most common and tough interview questions.
  • Construct 2 or 3 good questions for interviewers.
  • Prepare your outfit and dress professionally.
  • Arrive about 10 or 15 minutes early.
  • Become familiar with the area around the company e.g. parking space, the day before.
  • Brainstorm how you can be interesting and creative during the interview.

If you don’t prepare enough for the interview, you are showing recruiters you don’t really care about the job. In order to convince them you want to work for the company, construct a good statement that tells interviewers why you want the job and why you are the perfect candidate for the position.

#4 You are applying for the wrong jobs

If you are not getting any interviews, it might mean you are applying for the wrong jobs. For example, if you are a recent graduate you may find it extremely difficult to land a job as a manager right away. This kind of job requires years of experience and excellent knowledge in the field. Before applying for a job ensure that you have the right set of skills and qualifications for the role. This saves you from the disappointment after getting rejected for a job that may not even comprise what you need at this stage. 

#5 You are not networking enough

Are you helping yourself to get hired through networking? Networking is a very effective way to get a job and perhaps is even as important as sending your application to potential employers! Attending career fairs, events and seminars relevant to the job you are applying for can help you meet and network with key professionals and companies within the industry. Also, networking during holidays might even help you get a job before the New Year!

Once you apply these strategies on your job search, you will increase your chances of getting shortlisted! So what are you waiting for? Get off that couch and start being proactive!


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