10 Reasons Why You’re Still Looking for a Job

Stuck in Job SearchLooking for a job is not easy, especially in today’s job market. Chances are that you know how it feels and how difficult it can be. You’re probably aware of some of things that you need to avoid when you’re searching. You know that you should never be late, or submit a resume that is full of typos, or bad-mouth a former employer. Hopefully you’ve been avoiding these mistakes, as they will greatly reduce your chances of getting a job. Still, there are a number of other things you might be doing, and you can’t stop doing them until you’re aware of them.


Unreasonable Expectations – Much like the way some employers ask too much from prospective employees, job seekers sometimes have expectations beyond what an employer can provide. There are times when you need to meet employers halfway and be willing to make concessions in order to meet a common goal.

Too much “I” on the cover letter – When writing your cover letter, you definitely want to highlight your skills and experience. However, you want to do this in a way that will focus on how they will benefit the employer.

Making mistakes unknowingly – You go to interview after interview, but every time you still end up disappointed and without a job. It would be wise to take time after every interview to analyze the good and the bad of what you did. Doing so will help you do better next time, until you finally ace the interview.

Waiting to hear back from awesome interviews – You had a great interview at a firm that you’re really interested in. They expressed a great deal of interest after the interview, so you didn’t look for jobs with other employers. After a while, you still haven’t heard back because they neglected to tell you that they hired someone else. Unless an offer is extended, don’t get your hopes up even after a great interview.

Your search for a new job will be full of challenges. Don’t get overwhelmed with these challenges, and don’t get in the way of your own success by making fundamental mistakes. The job search is like any other skill in life:  Keep trying, make adjustments to your strategy, and you will get better at it over time.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.