Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Reason Your Job Search Is Failing

By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog

Is your job search going nowhere? Do you apply for jobs all day long and get no response? This situation can cause you to second-guess yourself and blame your work history, your skills, your resume, your cover letter, your age, your gender…the list goes on.
The Reason Your Job Search Is Failing [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
Job search knowledge will help you get hired fast.

The good news is, it’s not you, it’s your job hunting knowledge and know-how.

That’s right. A lack of job search skills is the main reason for job search failure, according to researchers Songqi Liu (Pennsylvania State University), Jason L. Huang (Wayne State University), and Mo Wang (University of Florida). Their study analyzed data from more than 9,500 job seekers in about 50 job search programs. 
Job hunters who learned how to job search were 2.67 times more likely to find work than those who did not. 

The job search skills taught in these programs included identifying leads and presenting yourself well in resumes and job interviews. The odds of getting hired increased even more if the job search training included motivational facets, such as being proactive (5.88 times higher) and setting goals (4.67 times).

So if want to avoid a prolonged job hunt, it’s important to learn how to job search effectively. You have many options for learning how to job search, including the following:

  • Read through my past blog posts. Effective job search techniques are one of my favorite topics. 
  • Take a job search workshop at your local American Job Center
  • Visit your alma mater. Colleges and other educational institutions have career centers that offer job search guidance to alumni. 
  • Go to a nearby public library for job search books and perhaps job search assistance. 
By investing a little time in discovering the proven techniques for a successful job search, you'll be doing yourself a big favor.

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