Still not getting a response after sending loads of resumes out? Not getting a second interview after being called in the first time? When these things happen repeatedly, you need to accept the fact that there’s something wrong with you and not them.
Here are some of the likely reasons why you’re not getting the job:
You’re lacking connections. Connections are essential to getting a job. Sometimes, they may even give you a license to bypass a resume, cover letter and the application process altogether. That’s how powerful it is to have connections, especially for higher-level positions.
If you haven’t landed a job, take a closer look at your connections. Perhaps you don’t get enough time to network or you aren’t putting yourself out there in the open. If people don’t know you, people can’t help you, since they don’t know what you really need.
Not making use of your connections means your competitors will. Avoid this by building your network through your friends or family. You can also attend conferences and seminars to build your network professionally. Grab those business cards and follow up!
You’re not selling yourself. Forget about getting hired if your resume and cover letter is dry and doesn’t reflect you and what you’ve accomplished. If you aren’t comfortable talking about yourself, it’s a good idea to get some help.
The key to selling yourself successfully is preparation. Write up a list of accomplishments before drafting your resume and cover letter. Highlight those results and bring the list with you to help build confidence. Make the list a mantra you can refer to when you need it.
You’re not conversational. No job offers can mean that there may be something wrong with your interview style. Always make an effort to be conversational. Keep in mind that the interview is not entirely about highlighting your accomplishments and results. Pay attention to the interviewer. Being likeable means people will be able to work with you easily.
Show that you are not just competent, but that you value the position you are currently applying for. Don’t be overeager, but don’t fail to express your passion and commitment.
Being likeable includes knowing how to listen attentively and responding appropriately. Relax, and don’t let your nerves take over.
Rejection can be difficult, but don’t stop searching. After making big changes in your network, sales and conversational skills, you can expect your job outlook to change for the better.