Often while in the midst of your search, even though you want to get hired soon, there are things that you do unknowingly that are the reasons why you’re still stuck looking for a job.
Thinking you have no chance, so you don’t apply – A lot of us downplay our abilities and prematurely judge ourselves based on the minimum qualifications of a job posting. While an employer would certainly want someone who has every qualification, most hires don’t have every single skill an employer wants. Some skills are more important to a job than others, and there are employers who are willing to let you learn those lesser skills along the way.
Being uncertain with your answers – The one thing that you don’t want to be in an interview is unsure. You have to show confidence in your answers for an employer to believe what you are saying. If you don’t sound sure about what you’re saying, how can you expect others to believe you?
Thinking you’re out of the running and making no effort to follow up – After your interview, all you think about are the answers where you messed up. You keep obsessing about how you wasted a good opportunity with the mistakes you made. Sure, you want to do better next time, but don’t let your mistakes preclude you from the opportunity of getting hired. You never know—you might have impressed the employer just enough to get the job.
Neglecting to consider whether you’ll like working there – Responsibilities and obligations often push us to do things we wouldn’t normally do. Unless you’re in a very bad position, you don’t want to commit yourself to a job where you don’t like the employer or the company; it’ll only leave you frustrated.
Sometimes finding a job can be like finding your better half. You need to know the other person well enough before you commit yourself. You want to find someone who makes you happy, and vice versa. Remember, there is that one person who is right for you—and in the job search, there is a company out there that is the perfect match for you.