If you’re having trouble finding a job, then you’ve probably asked yourself the age old question “Why can’t I get a job?” This is no surprise as the economy is still not as good as it was a few years back and unemployment is still relatively high. This also means that there are less job positions than there are job applicants. It may seem like you’re hitting your head against a brick wall trying to find that perfect job, but here are some job seeking tips to improve your chances of getting back in the game:
Look in the right places: Almost 90% of jobs are never advertised or broadcasted to the general public. So if you’re putting all your eggs into the online job basket, then you’re missing out on a lot job opportunities. Try asking your friends or family to see if they know of any open positions available. You may even find yourself asking friends of friends to find a job. This is why it is imperative to keep an open mind and be proactive in your job search.
Be ready for new job positions: With the state of employment, hiring managers or employers can easily get bombarded with dozens of job applications within a few, short hours. As a result, those trying to hire employees will just sift through the applications that they have and get to the interviewing stage as quickly as possible. This means that if you weren’t aware of this, then the job application may be already be taken before you even have a chance to submit your application! Therefore, you should check for new job positions several times a day. As a matter of fact, most online job search companies will automatically alert you of new job positions related to your skills, if you’ve signed up via their services.
Have a good resume (or job application): Most hiring managers will simply need a resume to see if you qualify for the interview. However, if your resume or job application isn’t up to scratch, either because it is badly formatted, hard to read or simply that there has not been enough effort to make it appealing to the hiring manager, then it may be no surprise that you can’t get a job. Even if you have no experience, it is still possible to get a job with a professional and well thought out resume. Ultimately, your resume simply needs to show that you are a perfect candidate for the job and it must be done in a simple to read and professional manner.
Apply for the right jobs: Many job applicants think that they can blast their generic resumes to a whole bunch of job positions online (or offline) and assume that they’ll get a job in no time. Wrong! There is nothing more annoying for a hiring manager to read a job application that isn’t even relevant to the offered job. As a matter of fact, it is negative for you as well, since there is no point in applying for a job that you’re not even qualified for. In fact, it is best to customize your resume to the specific job that you want to apply for, since this will make you stand out against the rest of the same old generic resumes.