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.

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