Searching for a job can be a challenge in itself. Not nearly as much of a challenge if you are currently employed; however, candidates tend to become desperate when they are unemployed. There are five common challenges you will likely face during this process. To take that next big step in your career, keep these 5 challenges in mind and work to overcome them.
- Rushing into jobs with desperation, not determination.
We all know the feeling of just needing a job, any job, for the sake of just having that security. Unfortunately, this can lead to a job that is not right for you. You’ll send resumes to jobs that you’re not exactly a fit for. You’ll tell interviewers what you think they want to hear. You will come across as unfocused or desperate. This isn’t intended to say that you shouldn’t financially support yourself; it is good to have a source of income to support yourself while you do your search, such as a part-time or temp job, but just use it to ease your financial worries and not a “throw-up-your-hands-in-defeat” job.
- Not knowing what you want.
A job is just like any relationship… if you don’t know what you want out of it, the chances of it going well are pretty slim. Perhaps you aren’t happy now and you can’t quite figure out what must be changed to be happy. You might want to throw yourself out there and see what is available. Going in, guns blazing, with no real focus can be a big waste of time not only for you but for the hiring company as well. Spend some time going over job / career websites, books, or working with a staffing agency like Delta Personnel, Inc. to help narrow your search.
- Opportunities are not always obvious.
Often times the best jobs are not advertised. This means that you might have to do some extra legwork yourself to find the best opportunity. Consider registering and attending local networking events with your local business chamber of commerce, going to job fairs, or attending free public events in your community. These events will help you meet several companies at once and give you an opportunity to get to know the decision-makers in all sorts of local (and larger) businesses in your area. Companies will also rely on staffing agencies like Delta Personnel, Inc. to find the best match for their team. Working with a staffing agency allows them to match your skills and personality with the right opportunity while you continue your search.
- The interviews just aren’t coming.
If you are not getting interviews, there’s a chance it’s because of your resume. Have several friends look over it, people who are willing to be thorough and offer a good critique. Are you making your resume specific to the job you are applying for, or just sending a generic resume out to everyone? Did you include a cover letter that explains why you are the person for the job? Are your references up-to-date? All of this is crucial sending out your resume. Several candidates have more than one resume depending on the position they are applying for. Does your resume have a great objective statement written? Did you include your references? Do you show previous employment to match the requirements of the job in which you are applying? Is your contact information correct? Are you monitoring the email account associated with your resume? These are all things that could prevent the recruiter from reaching you. Take a moment to review and update your resume as necessary.
- Getting interviews, but no offers.
A little research goes a long way. Know the company you are applying to before you go in and prepare yourself for commonly-asked questions. What industry does the company fall into? What type of service or product do they offer? How long have they been in business? Doing your research prior to the interview gives you an advantage because majority of candidates do not understand the importance of it. Be assertive in letting them know your intentions and interest in the position, prepare your questions for the interviewer prior to the meeting. Don’t ask questions such as, “What are the employee benefits?”, “How long until I get a paid vacation?” because it makes you sound as if you are more interested in the benefits than the position itself. Be confident in your skills and don’t shy away from showing your personality. Finally, be sure to send a nice “Thank you” email as a follow-up, it reminds the interviewer who you are and that you are the best candidate for the job.