Job hunting can be a soul-crushing endeavour. Constantly sending out applications or cold dropping resumes with no responses coming back begins to wear on you after a while
Seeing your friends taking off in their careers and engineering their own successes can be demeaning at times, especially if you’re in a bit of a rut. But the good news is that with a few changes you can easily get out there and be proactive to find your dream job.
The staff at Acuspire have decided to compile the top 5 reasons why we think you aren’t getting hired.
1. You’re way out of touch with the company and what they do
Research everything you can about the company. Tailor parts of your resume so that they align well with the product or services the company offers. Showing that you need minimal training and understand what the company is about will give you a leg up over other applicants. Just like showing your passion for the job/company/industry, research you do before the interview will also speak volumes for the type of potential employee you can be.
2. You lack a zest for life
In an interview, you need to show your passion for the industry or job. Selling yourself is definitely a skill, but it doesn’t have to be one that is hard earned. Think of your accomplishments and how you can best serve the organisation. Imagine yourself leading a team and providing something innovative that the company hasn’t seen yet. Now bring that energy to the interview and use it to fuel all of your responses. Hiring managers notice this sort of thing almost immediately.
3. Your resume is not showcasing your true potential
Everyone is worried that their resume sucks and blame it as the sole reason they aren’t getting call backs or interviews. While proper resume writing is another skill that someone should have in their toolkit, how you go about putting your information on it is what actually matters.
Try to succinctly and coherently explain how your tasks and duties improved or benefited the employer. Be as brief and try to clearly outline any technical information so that managers or even resume software can pick up on keywords. Wherever possible, try to quantify your past achievements with some real facts or numbers.
4. You’re sticking to the old traditional ways of getting a job
Technology has made leaps and bounds regarding social networks and productivity apps. The job market is no different. The days of looking on a job board or company website and applying for a job are almost over. Simply put, there are too many people doing the same thing as you.
We don’t want you to get discouraged, but if you want to find a job that appeals to who you are as a person, you’re going to have to step outside your comfort zone a little. Try social gatherings or meetups, startup weekends, or even research on LinkedIn or Twitter. Remember, average pursuits yield average results.
5. You aren’t connected in the industry
Blindly applying for jobs you have no experience in is obviously not going to help you. But there also needs to be a certain level of attachment that you have with the company or market they operate in. Maybe a friend works there, and you met some of their colleagues over some drinks after work. Or you might have intimate knowledge of a technology platform they use.
Either way, you need to have a degree of relevance and familiarity to the industry or job before applying.
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