Ask an Expert JOB SEARCH / JAN. 13, 2017
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What can I do when my job search isn't going as planned?

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Dilemma:

I recently went to a job interview with an employer I was hoping to start my career with and thought I did great. The interviewers seemed to be very impressed with my CV; they congratulated me on my academic achievements, volunteering activities and experience in the field.

From what they were telling me I was 100 per cent sure that I had the job when I left, but things didn’t turn out as I expected. Three days later the employer came back saying that I didn’t get the job without any other comments or explanation why.

Obviously, I was disappointed and angry at the interviewers because they made me believe that I was the best candidate for the job. It makes me doubt their sincerity and honesty. I don’t want to say that they are hypocrites but this is what they often make others think with this kind of behaviour because I hear friends complaining about it too.Now I  feel like I will never be able to find a job.

Can you please help?

Kyriaki says:

I understand your frustration, but this is just the reality of job hunting. Whether we like it or not, there are employers who treat jobseekers badly - often it’s not intentional. So they might not respond to your emails, reject your job applications or explain why you didn’t get hired. But that’s not because they hate you nor have anything against you. Besides, they don’t know you that well. It happens to the best candidates in the world - yeah, including those talented individuals with great academic records, experience and awesome CVs.

While trying to get into the employers’ shoes, think about this; you want to find a job, and they want to find an employee who can offer the best to their company and hopefully help to increase profits. So they are going to choose the candidate that they think will be a perfect fit for them and fulfil all their needs.

It can help you change the way you see things if you try to see recruiting as an ‘arena’ considering that there is fierce competition in the job market. From what it looks like jobseekers nowadays - and particularly young people are fighting for the ‘survival of the fittest’. As such, they find it more difficult to find their place in the workforce and make a start in their careers.

But, nothing is impossible, and you shouldn’t abandon all hope. When it comes to searching for a job, you just have to accept what is being given to you every step of the way whether this is dressed up as an opportunity or failure. This tells you that this is part of a greater experience, and the learning and development that comes with it can equip you with the knowledge and the skills you need to succeed.  

So, what if you didn’t get that job? That’s OK. Try again. Did you fail at the next one after that? It doesn’t matter. You will just have to keep going until you find an employer that truly appreciates you. Attending interviews and improving your interviewing skills can help you build awareness of what employers need in their employees. If you think about it, it’s a win-win situation.

Hopefully, this has helped you rethink some things and revise your job hunting strategy. Good luck with finding a job and make sure that you stay proactive and persistent! In the meantime, you can check out the following articles:

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