Are you a job seeker wondering why you haven’t been hired yet? Your confusion is understandable, especially if you have a great resume, good interviewing skills, and excellent recommendations. No doubt family and friends have said things like “you just haven’t interviewed for the right position yet” and “that company made a big mistake not hiring you!” Such sentiments might make you feel better for a moment, but they aren’t helpful in the long run.
If you’ve been job hunting for a long time with no success, the last thing you need is another source giving you advice that won’t lead to a job offer. Read on to discover a few possible reasons why you haven’t been hired yet, as well as solutions to those problems.
Bad Vibes Can Keep You Unemployed
Spending time with a friend who, for whatever reason, makes you feel drained and emotionally heavy isn’t much fun, is it? Neither is interviewing a job candidate who has negative vibes. Sometimes, a personal atmosphere that is off-putting is the result of a negative, judgmental attitude toward others or one’s self. Ways to change your atmosphere from negative to positive include making empowering statements about yourself and your last boss/place of work, smiling, watching a YouTube video that makes you laugh, and avoiding gossip.
If You Want Job Offers, Prepare for Each Job Interview
How do you prepare for job interviews? Some individuals spend a few minutes before an interview reviewing their resumes and mentally asking and answering questions. Others just wing it. Neither of these options will lead to a job offer.
If you want to get job offers, you should be prepared for each job interview you attend. In her article The Real Reason You Didn’t Get the Job, Maria Bashi suggested that job candidates do the following to properly prepare for interviews:
- “Practice answering interview questions. And especially look at the tough interview questions.
- Record yourself practicing. Video is best, but audio will do. Interviewing is performing, and you have to perform at your peak.
- Set the stage. Don’t practice at your kitchen table. Set up a table and chairs as it’s likely to be in the actual interview, and have a friend ask you the questions.”
Networking is the Key to Finding a Job
Another possible reason why you haven’t been hired yet is that you aren’t networking enough, if at all. If you want to find a job, you must let people know you are looking. After all, most jobs never get advertised. They are filled internally or by people who, through networking, learned about them. NPR quoted Matt Youngquist: “At least 70 percent, if not 80 percent, of jobs are not published…and yet most people — they are spending 70 or 80 percent of their time surfing the net versus getting out there, talking to employers, taking some chances [and] realizing that the vast majority of hiring is friends and acquaintances hiring other trusted friends and acquaintances.”
Are you frustrated about your bleak employment status? If so, try your best to be positive in and out of job interviews, thoroughly prepare for those interviews, and sufficiently network. Before you know it, you’ll be on the winning side of the job search battle.
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