You’re applying for jobs. No one is getting back to you and now you are deciding to have a nap because life is hard and no one wants you. Been there done that “I can’t get a job interview”! The pursuit of employment is making you rip out your hair and in the process you are wondering why they are grey – at only 25. So now you want to book into a hair salon to get natural colouring, but you don’t have a job to afford the colossal hair salon costs. What a vicious cycle!
But, there’s good news. This can be fixed!
The following are 5 possible reasons why you are failing to get a job interview:
5. Not following up after a job interview
Follow up! Follow up! Follow up! Chant it as a daily ritual until you get to the point where you will naturally just follow up. Not only is this good practice for showing employers that you are enthusiastic and organised, but the practice of being able to follow up is likely a crucial skill in the job you pursue. Hiring managers will feel pleased that you are proactive and best of all, it’s likely they will remember you among the hundreds of other applications who don’t practice this method!
4. Not applying for enough jobs
Let’s face it. Lots of people are desperately looking for a job. This means that employers are probably receiving hundreds of applications and only few resumes are being looked at. In fact, even if you have a fantastic resume with lots of skillsets on offer, you could STILL be missed due to the sheer volume of resumes being submitted. Apply for jobs, lots of them. Let the law of averages work in your favour.
3. Facebook profile photos (and general online presence)
If you think employers stalking candidates is creepy, well, consider the typical employer creepy and there’s nothing you can do about it. Unless you are applying to be a personal trainer it’s probably wise to cover your 6 pack with a shirt. Equally, if your 6 pack is the kind that you purchase from a bottle shop – don’t advertise that either! An employer wants to see maturity and while there’s nothing wrong with drinking and having a good time, a beer in the hand of your profile photo doesn’t exactly say “I have sober habits and I definitely don’t turn up to work drunk”. Okay sure, there are people who drink responsibly – many in fact – the bottom line is do yourself a favour, upload a nice respectable mugshot of yourself and privatise your crazy social antics – and who knows – you might even score a relationship along your journey to securing a job, thanks to your charming, beerless photo.
2. Possessing a terrible email address
If your email address is “firstname.lastname@example.org” or “email@example.com” I suggest you change your email and fast. If you don’t know how to do this then call me. I will create a new email on your behalf. For the sake of all things good, just change it – now.
1. A poor resume
Ahuh, a poor resume. Who would have guessed? I’ve seen some very bad resumes but one of the best decisions you can make is to get a professional on the case! A resume is essentially a marketing tool and it reflects who you are. People actually “judge a book by its cover” and those who think otherwise are sorely mistaken, or naive, or both? If your resume is sloppy and consists of mistakes, why would an employer think otherwise when approaching the work you do. Let me make you look good. Actually – let me make you look fabulous. You’ve got some amazing credentials but having them displayed poorly is not a good thing at all.
There are many reasons why you just can’t land a job interview, but chances are a combination of these 5 factors are holding you back. If you feel as though you could market yourself better then this realisation means that you are already on the right track. Following these 5 tips will allow you to colour your hair and hide those grey streaks in no time!
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– Erhan Erkilinc