Updated: Aug 30
It's no secret that job searching is tough. In fact, it can be one of the most demoralizing experiences you can go through. You spend days searching for jobs, hours filling out applications, and weeks going on interviews- only to be rejected time and time again. It's enough to make even the most confident job seeker throw in the towel.
Many clients that come to me for career coaching are past the point of frustration. They've applied to dozens of jobs but haven't received so much as an email or phone call.
They continue to get automated rejection emails 24-48 hours after applying or have been ghosted altogether.
So why does this happen?
Why Your Job Search Isn't Progressing
There are a few reasons job seekers don't see progress, even when they feel like they're doing everything right. Here are the most common job search problems I've seen as a coach.
You Submit the Same Generic Resume to Every Job
When job searching, it's important to tailor your resume to each position. That means modifying your resume to include specific, relatable work experiences and skills using the keywords given in the job posting.
Hiring managers are looking for a specific skill set, and your resume should reflect those skills.
Many job seekers don't know that most of today's employers use an applicant tracking system (ATS) to filter resumes using a keyword tracking software. If your resume doesn't contain the right keywords, the ATS will automatically reject it.
To avoid this, you really need to take the time to read each job posting carefully and update your resume accordingly. It may take a little longer, but it's worth it if it means getting your foot in the door and making it past the initial screening.
Your Applications Are Rushed and Unfocused
When job searching, it's easy to fall into the trap of applying for as many jobs as possible hoping that something will stick. Unfortunately, this strategy is a surefire way to end up feeling even more frustrated.
If you approach your job search after a frustrating day at work or with a scarcity mindset, your resumes and cover letters will appear rushed and sloppy. This will likely lead to more rejections because you aren't taking the time to put your best foot forward.
Instead, take a step back and focus on quality over quantity. I always recommend looking for jobs with a positive and determined mindset so you can take your time putting together a well-crafted application for a position you would actually love to get.
You're Applying to Jobs That You're Overqualified or Underqualified For
When job searching, it's important to be realistic about the positions you're applying for. Trying to land a job that is way out of your skill range is just setting yourself up for disappointment.
The same goes for job postings that are way below your skill level. Based on your qualifications, the hiring manager will likely skip over your resume knowing that they can’t afford to pay you what you're worth.
A good rule of thumb is to apply for positions that you're 70% qualified for.
This will give you enough experience to succeed but also room to grow into new development opportunities.
Help is on the Way!
Improve your chances of landing the job of your dreams by working with a career coach that can help you refine your job search strategy. I've helped many of my clients land their dream jobs with careful resume tweaks, strategy sessions, and practice interviews.
If you're ready to take your job search to the next level, book a free session with me today! I can help you troubleshoot your job search problems and figure out what's been holding you back from success.
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