If you find yourself stuck in your job search in the midst of a booming job market, it’s time to reflect on what may be going wrong. As they say, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. If you are unknowingly doing something wrong, and you continue to do what you’re doing, you will get the same results.
So let’s look at some reasons why your job search is not fruitful:
1) There is negative information about you online that hasn’t been addressed. Negative information can take several forms. It could be something that you posted online that presents someone or some group in an unflattering way. It could also be that someone has posted something negative that shows up on your social media profile or wall. Even though you didn’t post it, if it shows up in connection with you, that post could negatively impact your chances of being hired.
2) You have no digital presence. In this case it is not the fact that there is digital dirt that is hurting you. Rather, it is that you are not online at all. While this may not seem harmful at first glance, not having an online presence can signal to recruiters that you are not social media savvy, and that is an expectation these days.
3) Your resume never sees the light of day. Unfortunately, this happens to a lot of job seekers. If you do not have the appropriate keywords on your resume, recruiters will not find you when they search the resume database. Since you will never be contacted by recruiters letting you know that you are not showing up in their searches, you may not have any idea what is going wrong.
4) Your resume doesn’t reflect your true capabilities. Sad to say, there are many great workers who do themselves a disservice by writing their own resumes when they are not resume writers. They don’t know how to match their qualifications to the requirements of the position outlined on the job posting, so they don’t land interviews. Without an interview, you don’t get a job.
5) You blow it at the interview. Your resume was clearly good enough to land you the interview, but if you don’t live up to what your resume promised in person, again, you don’t get the job.
Identifying what is going wrong in your job search is the first step towards correcting the problem(s). But you may need help with presenting yourself online, on paper, and in person so that employers see how valuable you are.
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