You may be in a position right now that many of us are familiar with; you’re applying to numerous positions and getting very few interviews, let alone job offers. It’s a very frustrating situation to be in and succeeds in discouraging most people in it. The truth is there’s no easy fix that will automatically make hundreds of companies fall in love with your resume. But it does help a lot to look at some things that you may be doing wrong in the job searching process and how those are negatively affecting your chances of finding a job.
A huge problem that people have that they don’t even realize is that they aren’t applying for enough jobs. What? I’ve applied for literally hundreds of jobs, how can you tell me that I haven’t applied for enough? I may be in the wrong. You may have applied for literally every job in your region that you qualify for. No? Well then you haven’t applied for enough jobs. If you live around any mid-size city, then are most likely thousands of jobs that you qualify for in that region. Don’t limit your job search to a few online job search engines; look on company websites, in local newspapers and publications, on recruiting sites (like Harrison Gray). You can even go into a local business and ask if they are looking for any positions to fill. You will find many more jobs than you thought you would ever find, and one of those jobs could be the perfect one for you. But you’ll never find them if you don’t put the work in and start searching.
Perhaps your standards for what kind of job you are looking for are set too high. Now yes, it is good to have some standards for what kind of job you should be searching for. A sales manager with 10+ years of experience should not be looking for entry level sales positions. But at the same time, you may be applying for jobs that are outside of what you are qualified for, or that you barely qualify for. A young man fresh out of college with a finance degree should not be looking to become the CFO of a large corporation right away. While this may be a bit of an extreme example, it still illustrates the point that many people think they should have a position that is just too far out of their reach. This is especially true when you have a lack of work experience, education, or both. Just as you are looking for the best job for yourself, employers are looking for the best candidate for their position. Most employers won’t take the risk of hiring the wrong candidate just to give the job to someone that is underqualified. Know what you qualify for and look for those jobs; you can use that job to build your work experience for a higher position.
Perhaps you do an excellent job of searching for jobs that you qualify for. But for some reason, you can’t find very many of these jobs. Why is that? Take a look at what the minimum salary is set at in your job search engine. Many people are expecting a salary that is much higher than they’re qualified for, which can lead to them applying for jobs that they have a very slim chance of getting. Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t have a minimum salary requirement when applying for jobs; it’s important to have a standard and to make enough money necessary to live comfortably on. But many times people take this concept too far and expect salaries that are tens of thousands of dollars above what they are really cut out for. Salary almost always correlates with the level of the job. A manager is going to have a higher salary than the salesman under them. If you don’t qualify to be the manager, then don’t expect to make the manager’s salary. Instead lower your salary range, accept a good position within that salary range, and work your way up to that manager position where you can earn your desired salary. It may take some time, but you’ll get there. Everybody that has ever been successful has had to start somewhere.
The location that you are looking for a job in may be hurting your chances of getting a good job as well. The primary reason that a location would hurt your job hunt is that the location you are looking in does not have a large supply of jobs you want. For example, an accountant will most likely have a tough time finding a position in a small little farm town. As well, someone who wants to find an administrative job for a professional basketball team will have a tough time in a mid-size city that may at best be sporting an ABA team. You have to find out if the location you are looking in is a good location for the line of work you want to get into. If it isn’t, you basically have three options. You can either keep looking for that job in that location and pray that something comes around, look in a different location for that job (even if that means moving), or keep looking in the same location but try to find a different job. Obviously I would recommend the latter two options over waiting for a rare job to appear, which could take years if ever to happen. When looking over the other two options, it is simply a decision of if you would rather travel or look for a different career. Unfortunately, that’s the hard choice that location sometimes provide for job seekers.
There may be many other reasons that are keeping you from finding a job that are not mentioned in this article. If there are, you need to narrow down what those reasons are and do something about them so that they aren’t holding you back. After that, make sure these points that I just discussed are taken care of, and you should have an easier time finding a job.