Why Can’t I Find a Great Job?

July 29th, 2016

It’s not always easy to find the job of your dreams – but it is well within your reach. As daunting as it may seem and as easy as it is to drag your feet, you can move out of the rut you feel mired in and kick start your successful career strategy.

Are You Resisting Change?

It’s human nature to balk at change, especially when it requires tough tasks like a new job. For instance, you may fear rejection – or you may simply be unclear about what your next role should be. Common reasons for resisting that next step include lack of clarity and stepping out of your comfort zone. Use these techniques to get to the root cause of your resistance:

  • Work within a structure. Set deadlines and schedule needed “to-do” items on your calendar along with your other appointments. For example, set aside an hour two or three times a week to update your resume, call a contact or shop for a new interview suit. Break it down into small, manageable steps.
  • Put your resistance in perspective. The importance of your job search far outweighs any real or imagined consequences that may result from your reasons for resisting.

Debunk the Myths

In order to find a job you love, you must have high standards. Know what you want and what you are worth – and refuse to settle for anything less. Do not accept these myths:

  • If I’m the best candidate, I will breeze through the automated system. When you submit an online application, your materials go to an applicant tracking system (ATS) that is programmed to screen out candidates based on keywords, dates and job titles. Research has shown that only about five of every 1,000 applications make it through the ATS and onto the desk of a hiring manager. Invest more time fine-tuning your resume and cover letter and tracking down the decision maker’s name, title and address. You’ll have a much higher chance of landing an interview.
  • I will get a response to every application I submit. The reality is: You will not receive a response from every company to which you apply. To increase your chances of hearing back, be sure you are contacting a real person. If you still don’t get an answer, it may signal that it’s time to move on to the next potential opportunity.
  • The hiring manager will figure out on their own that I’m a great fit. A hiring decision maker should be able to open your resume and immediately see that you are a fit for a job. If they have to take the time to dig into your materials, chances are they will move on to the next candidate. The key is to tailor your cover letter and resume to the job.
  • If it’s meant to be, it will happen. An optimistic attitude is a plus when job hunting, but it’s important to take a proactive stance. Job searching is a job in itself. You need to network, make optimal use of social media, do extensive research and position yourself for success. It doesn’t just happen – you need to make it happen.

At Select Group, Inc., we understand how important it is to make the right career move in IS, IT, data analysis, software architecture and QA, and related fields. We’ll get to know your unique goals, skill sets and where you’re aspiring to go next. Contact us today to learn more about our available job openings and career coaching services.

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