You’ve got the perfect resume, skills, knowledge and experiences to get you that perfect job�– you are an employer’s dream candidate. So why is it you’ve been searching for a job for almost a year and there are no prospects in sight?
One thing you may consider is that it’s not all about your credentials, your attitude and confidence tells the employer almost as much as your responses.��You will�need to have the right attitude to land you that job.� Consider the following�7 reasons as to why you are not finding a job:
1. You’re not making finding a job your job!
Many people struggle with being�committed, passionate, and having a failure-is-not-an-option attitude while on the job search.� They�don’t see that�finding a job is a numbers game. When it comes to interviews, it’s all numbers: the more interviews you get, the better your chances of getting called back; the more times you’re called back, the better your chances of landing a good job.
2. You haven’t created a system or matrix�of finding a job.
The system should entail everything from goals and aspirations to role-playing of interviews.� The more you have set a as a routine in finding a job, the more effective you will become in preparing for it.� I make sure I do a ritual every time I interview for a position.� I do research 2 weeks before, I do mock interviews the week of, I do a site visit the day before.� The way I prepare is automatic and is mostly the same with each interview.
3. You have an unrealistic idea about the marketability for your skills.
There is a tendency for people to over-inflate the ease of their ability to find a job, based on a distorted view of the marketability of their skills. One of the worst things that can happen is that this distortion will create�frustration and disappointment when the job search takes longer than expected.� Be honest and fair with yourself.
4. You aren’t acknowledging mental stress that changing jobs brings.
By denying this reality, people operate out of fear of rejection. How many people do you know that�confuse activity with productivity and focus on minor things?��I see this all the time with new professionals trying to find a job; they�appear to be doing job-finding activities, but aren’t the most fruitful activities.
5. You don’t prepare well for interviews.
Most people are either not confident in themselves or act arrogant in the interviewing process simply because they are not as prepared as they should be. They don’t prepare and practice presentations on themselves with others.� One of the biggest problems I see is that people aren’t able to showcase themselves in a way that’s clear, effective, and succinct.��You can easily change this by practicing in front of�others and hearing their feedback.��The impressions these people get from your role-playing will only be amplified when you do the real thing.�
6. You’re not selling yourself.
The vast majority of people going into an interviewing situation simply don’t sell themselves very well. People neglect to do everything from dress properly to focus on what they can do for a prospective employer. And worst of all, they don’t express their interest for the job.
7. You give a bad impression of your previous employer.
Whether it’s why you left your last employer or why you want a new job, most people present the reason for leaving their previous job from a selfish point of view. They badmouth and criticize their current or past employers and justify their own convictions, thinking that a prospective employer is going to identify with them. They’re wrong!
Keep these reasons in mind the next time you are on the job market.� Having the right atittude and work ethic will help your chances of getting that interview and maybe that job.��
I’ll leave you with this quote by a famous football coach: “Chance favors the prepared mind.” —Vince Lombardi