Fine-tuning your resume, filling out online applications, and going to time-consuming interviews — finding a job often feels like a job itself. Just when you think you've nailed the interview and proven that you're the perfect fit for a position, you learn that another candidate has been selected.
Stop feeling frustrated and start thinking of what you can change.
If you're puzzled why you're still waiting to hear "you're hired," there may be a specific reason or multiple reasons why you aren't getting noticed. By understanding the top reasons you're not being selected, you can be proactive and improve your job-hunting strategies in the future.
Reason #1: Your professional network is lacking
More often than not, it's who you know that opens doors in a career search. If you haven't put much effort into maintaining your professional network, now is the time to give it some focus. Catch up with old colleagues, update and post on LinkedIn, join industry organizations and attend events. Let your network know you are actively looking for a job so they can keep their ears open and let you know of opportunities.
Reason #2: You don't stand out
Even if you have all the skills the job description lists, there may be hundreds of others just like you who have applied. Be sure to note what makes you unique and why you'd be the best fit for the job. Always communicate your strengths, even if they are not part of the job description. Note leadership and problem-solving skills, and be ready to provide solid examples to demonstrate these attributes. Remember, you're selling yourself — own your brand!
Reason #3: Your interview skills are weak
Few people enjoy the interview process, but being able to speak well, converse naturally and make effective statements will get you noticed. Employers want people who are likable, so you should put your best self forward. The most effective way to prepare for an interview is by practicing, so ask someone to conduct a mock interview and practice answering questions; it will do wonders for your confidence!
Reason #4: You don't seem interested or prepared
No one is going to hire you if you don't appear interested in the company or the job. Employers want you to be excited to work for them. Spend time researching the company prior to the interview, read up on recent news and understand key products. Then be sure to convey your interest and your reasons in your cover letter and during the interview. Your enthusiasm paired with a touch of charm is sure to get noticed.
Reason #5: You're not conveying how you would make a difference
Businesses hire people to fulfill a need. Many job candidates think they understand that need simply based on the job description, but the role likely goes much deeper than what can be stated in a hundred words. Make sure to listen to what the interviewer asks and answer the questions directly. Then be sure to ask any questions you have as well. Inquire into the main issues the company would like to solve. Ask about what a typical work day is like. Learn more and add thoughtful input when appropriate.
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