Can You Handle The Truth? Here's Why You Don't Have A Job
By Calli Tapler
The job market is highly competitive these days. But even though that's the case, there are people getting jobs. If you have been looking for a job for numerous months and you still haven't found something, you may want to start looking at reasons other than the economy as to why you have not landed a new opportunity yet.
Caution: Read on if you can handle hearing other possible reasons why you don't have a job.
Do you know what you want to do?
You should really start here. Make sure you can answer this...or you may have found the main problem already. You may be applying to jobs that sound glorified and wonderful, but the reality is that you are wasting your time if they have nothing to do with your background or experience.
There are so many candidates on the market, which allows employers to be very choosy about whom they pick. These days, they want all of their qualifications met before they will look at anyone, unless you have a little experience and can get into the company by knowing someone.
How many resumes are you actually sending out?
Many people on the job market apply to whatever they can in order to start earning income - and that is not necessary the right approach. The more types of jobs you are applying to, the more generic your cover letter and resume start to look. You certainly can't change them for all the different types of jobs you are trying to get! Pick what jobs to apply for according to your interests and experience, and then formulate different cover letters and resumes accordingly.
You are going to need to find what you are meant to do with thorough research into your own personality and talents if you have not already done so. Why would you want to apply and get a job you don't want, only to leave as soon as something better does come along? Even then, you will make yourself look like you can't stay in a position for very long if you job hop.
Why aren't you getting any interviews if you are qualified?
There could be many reasons why this is happening, and it is important to find out what it is so you can work on the issue. It could be that you need to really spice up your resume and it may involve tailoring it specifically every time you apply for a job to ensure you are covering the right details. Knowing the correct words to describe your skills is very important. Make sure you are using the right ones!
You have had several interviews but no offers.
Once you get an interview, it doesn't mean you have the job. If you want the job you are going to interview for, you will need to prepare yourself in every way. There could be a number of reasons this happens, but the main one is usually that you didn't sell yourself well enough to the employer. You will need to become a great storyteller to be able to do this as well as be able to let go of your fears and have a confident demeanor.
In the end, if you want to find a job, you need to find and face the reasons as to why you are not getting one. Once you do this and take action, it'll kick start everything in the right direction. It can only get easier from there.
Do any of these reasons apply to you? What else might keep job seekers from landing a new job?
Calli Tapler is a director at TruYuu, an online service that helps people present themselves as more than just a resume to employers. You can connect with Calli and the TruYuu team on Facebook and Twitter.
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