The job hunt process is difficult. It is not only on your wallet, it is hard on your Self-Respect. When you have sent bunch of resumes and landed several interviews, all are discouraged without success.
At this point, you can begin to excuse your employment shortage by blaming external influences:
- “It’s a tough market right now.”
- “The career option in which I have to go is not available right now”.
- “There are a lot of other good candidates with high degrees than me”.
But the bitter truth is, there are people hired in your career option. Even if the market is tough right now, it is very likely that you are doing – or not doing something – to reduce your chances of being hired.
1. You Have To Take Charge
Are you waiting for the right job to fall on your lap? Successful job seekers know that they need to consistently pursue jobs and leads, and actively strategize their job search.
Do you have the required skills for your dream job? If not, do an online course to upgrade your skill set. Are you well connected in your area? If the answer is no, then participate in industry networking groups or events.
Research shows an association between an active personality and career success. Researchers have found that this activism – the belief that you have the power to change your circumstances – is positively associated with achieving salary and promotion objectives, as well as increasing career satisfaction.
In other words, if you believe that you have the power and ability to achieve your career goals, then you are more likely to succeed. If you think the world is plotting against you and you are powerless to do anything about it, then you are likely to live in exactly the same place where you are now unemployed.
2. Show some passion
If you find yourself applying for positions that don’t excite you, don’t be surprised if potential employers lack this passion. Employers know that skills can always be taught, but this passion is either there or not.
If you have applied for a job you’re passionate about, then mention it in your CV and also in your Interview so that your will of doing that job will be showcased to the employer. Explain your reasons for wanting a position, and share ideas that you will be excited to explore so that you find work.
3. Your Qualification Matters
This is probably one of the biggest issues for older job seekers. Are you constantly applying for your dream job, even though your experience and education do not really make you a dream candidate? Or maybe you are desperate for a job (any job!) And are willing to take something (anything!) Well below your pay grade. Ask yourself honestly if you are aiming too high – or too low – and adjust your expectations accordingly.
4. Reflect your values in your CV/Resume
Your résumé is the one that is about to bring your foot to the door. If it is not accurately demonstrating your suitability for the job, then you will never get a chance to impress in the interview.
5. You have to be Likeable
You may be the most qualified person for the job, but if your interviewer just plain doesn’t like you, you don’t give a chance.
What are some other tips of how you can get a job? If you are an employer, what are your biggest resumes and interview turn-offs? Share below!
The job hunt process is difficult. It is not only on your wallet, it is hard on your self-esteem.