3 Things That Are Preventing You From Getting a Job
Almost half of the total jobs on Earth are filled through recommendations and either direct or indirect contacts.
Well, that might be a great tip if you already have some fabulous connections.
But what if you do not have them?
The thing is that if you want to know how to get a job for real, then you certainly have to pay attention to the way you are searching for it.
Here are a few things you may want to reconsider and analyze a little bit more at yourself.
1. Being overqualified
There are many disagreements regarding a definition of this particular term.
So, if you ask people on forums what does “being overqualified” means in the real-life situations, some of them will tell you that you are not qualified at all while others will say that you are perhaps too qualified.
Whatever it is, most people agree that if you get a message about being overqualified, the truth is that you will not land that particular job.
The phrase “you are overqualified” most often hides a fear of employer that you are probably going to leave the company in no time causing the employer a frustration of seeking new candidates.
It is great that you have some extra education, but, frankly, an employer will be more interested in your experience rather than diplomas.
2. Poor resume
A good resume is always straightforward and letting an employer know immediately what you are good at and what you would like to do.
“Result-oriented professional” and “creative thinking” are phrases from the 80’s and will not help you get recognized from the bunch of other candidates.
Before you send your proposal, you need to know the answer to the following question: “What motivates you to apply for that particular job?”
People open random ads including those that they are not interested in.
However, if you applied for a job you are not interested in, it will most likely be visible from your cover letter or resume and you will end up losing a chance to have an interview.
Concentrate on things you really would like to do.
It does not have to be your dream job, but you must have a motivation other than receiving a salary.
3. Non-targeted application
The worst case scenario is when a potential employer is reading your resume and at the same time struggling to find a single word that links the resume (and its owner) to the particular job you are competing for.
Once you have a clear idea of your goals, you will be able to concentrate exactly on those things that really interest you.
In other words, try to answer honestly and precisely to the question: “Why do I want to work for that particular company?”
Now point out as many reasons as you can, but not just “Well, because I need a job”.
After you come up with good arguments, point them out in your cover letter and do not forget to mention them during the job interview.