The Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Hired
Does it feel like your job search isn’t getting you anywhere? You may be your own worst enemy. Here are four things you are doing that are sabotaging your chances of getting hired.
Not Looking Hard Enough
While the job market isn’t nearly as bad as it was back in 2008, looking for the right job does take effort. If you’re only applying to one job at a time or only looking one or two days a week, that could be a big reason why you’re not getting hired. Finding a job should be a job within itself. That means making a concerted effort every day to look and apply for jobs in your field. With things like social media, which makes learning about new job openings a lot easier and companies like staffing agencies that do a lot of the heavy job search lifting for you, you can start getting proactive with looking for a job right now.
Not Updating Your Resume
Another reason why you may not be getting hired could be your resume. Resumes aren’t just for white-collar workers – they can help you stand out from other day labor workers going for the same job. If you already took the time to put together a resume, you need to make sure it’s the best it can be. Listing a professional email address, proofreading for misspellings and tailoring your experience to the job description are just a few of the things you can do. Click here for more tips on how to craft the perfect resume.
You’re Unprepared For Interviews
You applied for a job, scored an interview but still aren’t getting hired, you may need to revisit your interview skills. First impressions are lasting ones and if you’re going into an interview unprepared you’re likely not to get hired. What does that mean? Doing things such as dressing appropriately, bringing copies of your resume and being enthusiastic on interview day. You should also be able to tell a staffing manager how your skills and experience apply to the job you’re interviewing for. What you don’t want to do? Show up late, not selling yourself and speaking negatively about past employers.
You Aren’t Networking
Sometimes it isn’t what you know but who you know - which makes networking essential in getting hired. Having connections to others in your blue collar industry can help improve your job skills (by having a mentor), having a great set of references and discovering jobs you wouldn’t know about otherwise. So keep in touch with past co-workers and supervisors as well as meet new industry professionals either in person or online.
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