Finding a job isn’t always the easiest thing to do. While there may be a plethora of job postings out there, how you go about applying, marketing yourself, and following up all play factors in whether or not you are successful in your search. Here is how to troubleshoot what’s going wrong in your job search and a few things you can do to get back on track.
Most of Your Search is Applying Online
While most jobs are posted online these days, you should not only be searching and applying for jobs. Responding to job posts is a good idea, but it shouldn’t be what you rely on. A number of available jobs out there aren’t even posted. So, be sure you are also making an effort to network with other people in your line of work as well.
Your Job Search Isn’t Targeted
Another reason you may be struggling while looking for a job is that you aren’t targeting the right kind of work in your search. Instead of blindly applying to jobs online, research different organizations you may want to work for. Narrow it down to 25 to 40 companies where you think your skills and experience would be valued. Then start using your network to get interviews at these places.
The Jobs You’re Applying For Aren’t a Fit
You may just be applying for jobs that aren’t a good fit for your skills altogether. It is a waste of time to apply if you are lacking some of the key requirements listed in the post.
Your Materials Make a Poor Impression
The materials you are using to market yourself play a key role in whether or not you are going to get called for an interview as well. Your resume may not be highlighting the skills you want to showcase in a meaningful way. Similarly, your cover letter may be long-winded or subjective. These things can turn an employer off.
You Don’t Follow Instructions
Many employers set up their application process a certain way to test your ability to follow directions. Things they are looking for typically include uploading the correct file format and submitting your materials through the proper channels. Be sure you follow all of the instructions closely.
The Employer Saw Your Social Media Accounts
Before you start applying to jobs, scrub your social media accounts and verify what is private versus public. Sometimes an employer may pass you up because they saw something unprofessional on your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
You’re Not Following Up
Another important part of a successful job search is following up on your inquiries. If you are just applying to jobs and waiting for an employer to reach out to you, chances are you won’t hear anything back. You should send out a communication to follow up on the application, interview process, and where you stand.
Asking For Too Much Money
Lastly, it may be that you are simply asking for too much money. Sometimes this is asked on applications and in job interviews. Get a feel for what other people in the industry are asking for and getting paid so you know what is appropriate.
If you are having trouble in your search for a new job, consider getting help from the professionals at the Staffing Resource Group. Contact us to see how we can assist you in finding your next job.