Thursday, January 23, 2014

Why You Aren’t Getting Job Interviews

Why Aren't You Getting Job Interviews [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
Consider how you are
conducting your job search.
By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog  
Are you applying for lots of jobs but getting nowhere? Here are a few points to consider if you aren’t getting job interviews:

  • Gauge your attitude. Are you going through the motions in your job search? Do you think no jobs are available, so why bother trying? Are you using up your energy with negative emotions like blame and anger? If you can answer maybe or yes to these questions, you need an attitude tune up. Find some positive people to encourage you, join a job club, and take job search workshops at your local American Job Center (search Getting out of the house, even if you’re introverted, can help as well. Do everything you can to get out of your job hunt funk.
  • Consider what types of jobs you are applying for. Are you applying for everything and anything? If so, it’s much better to focus your search on jobs that use your best skills and experience. Are you pursuing jobs in dying fields? Research careers that need your skills; a good place to start is by the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Take a critical look at your resume. Is everything in past tense? Is your resume full of old dates? Is it crammed with details that interest you but won’t interest employers? Add some current experience and skills to your resume by doing something new, such as consult, freelance, take a class, or volunteer. Trim back on minutiae. Include key words on your resume that reflect the job ad and the job responsibilities to help automated systems find you. Always tailor your resume to the job; it takes time but it’s worth it.
  • Rethink how you are conducting your job search. Do you apply for job after job online and then wait for the phone to ring? That’s a passive job-hunting approach. Instead, follow up after applying and try to reach out to those you know for some networking help. Although it can be uncomfortable for shy and introverted individuals, networking is one of the best ways to find a job. Also contact growing organizations even if they aren’t advertising.
  • Make an active daily job-hunt plan your daily focus. Do you jump out of bed every morning ready to find a job? If you aren’t focusing on job searching and don’t have a plan, you most likely are floating aimlessly in a job search fog. Get organized; make a daily plan that includes employer research, networking, and follow up; and expect rejection (it’s part of the process, unfortunately).
If you aren’t getting job interviews, things can seem hopeless. Take some time for self-reflection on how you are thinking about and conducting your job search. Make some changes, and the phone may finally start to ring.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Thinking Differently Just Might Get You Hired

By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog

Today's job search is, of course, a complex process. There seems to be no end to everything you must do to find, apply for, and interview for jobs successfully. But while most job seekers are doing the same thing, namely applying for job after job online, I challenge you to think differently. Here are some ways to alter your job search thinking:

Think Differently in Your Job Search to Get Hired [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
To get a job, think differently
about your job search.

  • Focus on employers, not on yourself. Employers hire you to meet their needs, not yours. A job seeker's main mission is to prove how he or she will help employers run their business efficiently, serve customers well, and grow. Turn the spotlight on the employer! As an introverted or shy person, you’d rather have the spotlight on someone else anyway, right?
  • Make human contact. Avoid spending all of your time applying for jobs online, even though it’s the most comfortable path for shy and introverted job seekers. Research employers who can best use your skills and contact these employers. Reach out to everyone you know who can connect you with employers. Try to find a back door into the hiring process by calling employers who are growing but not running job ads. Or ask for an interview even if no jobs are open at the moment.
  • Make sure your skills and experience fit the job. If you are applying for work that doesn’t match your background, don’t expect to get hired. Many people apply for anything and everything. Don't do it. Remember, you're thinking differently now. If you want to change fields, start immediately building up experience in that field by taking classes, tweeting, volunteering, freelancing, blogging, interning, and doing anything else you can do to quickly develop relevant experience. Also stress any transferable skills, such as dependability, accuracy, and good customer service, that are important in your desired field.
  • Keep going. Make active job searching your daily focus, be prepared for rejection, and find ways to stay positive. It also helps to learn more about the best ways to job search by reading blogs like this one!
Using these tips and thinking differently in your job hunt might just get you hired. While everyone else is doing the same old thing, you could be starting a new job.

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