You think you have done everything possible to find a job, yet no offers have presented themselves. It’s time to look at the process you have followed,as you have probably made some mistakes which are resulting in your unsuccessful job hunt.
1. CV Quality
The CV you submit is the first and only tool you can use to secure an interview, yet so many candidates don’t spend enough time drafting their CV to ensure it is accurate, professional and does not have grammar, formatting or worse yet spelling errors. A hiring manager won’t bother spending time reading your CV, let alone calling you in for an interview if you can’t bother submitting a quality CV.
2. You are applying for jobs that you are clearly not experienced to do
You wonder why you are never shortlisted as you apply for every job advertised in the paper. Well how on earth could you be qualified to do every job advertised in the paper? Even when desperate there is no point in applying for a job that you have no experience in as you are not only wasting the time of the company, you are also wasting your time and money in applying. Spend time submitting quality customised applications to vacancies for which you will be well suited.
3. You are unable to market yourself
When applying for a job you need to ensure the recruiting person can see from your CV and application that your past experience is exactly what they are looking for in their vacancy. When drafting your CV focus particularly on the key performance areas that you have most passion for to ensure your CV is sourced for roles you aspire for. If you submit your CV without a covering letter explaining why you are the best candidate for that particular job, don’t expect the recruiting person to know.
4. Inappropriate or inaccurate contact details
So many candidates think their personal email address is appropriate for their job search, but imagine the impression you are making should your email address be superfunk@gmail or loverboy@hotmail? I suggest that should you have such an email address, rather register a more professional email address specific for your job search that should be made up of your name. You won’t believe how many candidates insert the incorrect cell number, or forget to update their contact details when they get a new number, so as you can imagine this would be an obvious reason why your phone does not ever ring to set up interviews.
5. You fail at interviews
Once you have been selected for an interview you are 60% of the way there, so if you get declined after every interview opportunity you should know your interview techniques are failing you. There is an art to winning an interview and preparation is key. I suggest you google or view our interview advice articles to assist you with brushing up your interview skills.
6. Finding a job is hard work
So you have registered with one recruitment agency and uploaded your CV to one job board and you think you have done enough, so you sit back and complain there are just no jobs out there. If you desperately need a new job, you need to put the work into finding the job. Instead of spending time on facebook, spend the time searching jobs on various career portals. Be proactive in your job search and do what it takes.