Why aren’t you getting hired? Is it your resume, interview skills or your irrelevant work history? Or is the recruiter passing the job on to a buddy? There are so many variables why a person doesn’t land a job. It starts with the electronic delivery of your resume. It can be frustrating for the job searcher to devote tons of time and to keep on coming up empty. Here are five reasons why you aren’t getting hired and how to change them.
1) Recruiter isn’t doing his or her job
Your resume is relevant. Your work experience is a great match. There is no rhyme or reason why you aren’t even getting a call. I once sent a resume to a company where my experience was a perfect match. I read the job details and my resume matched up word for word. I received an email stating my qualifications didn’t match almost immediately after I applied. What happened? Why wasn’t I getting hired? Sometimes companies use a scanning technique with your resume that looks for certain keywords. Even though it looked like my resume was a match, perhaps the keywords didn’t match up.
Perhaps the recruiter that looked it over didn’t use common sense or interpreted the resume in a different way than intended. There are so many variables as to why you aren’t landing an interview. Resume experts will give you thirty different bits of advice-many times contradicting things we aren’t supposed to do with things we should do for our resume. Consider contacting the recruiter online on LinkedIn or sending an email if you can find the address. Locating the hiring manager often takes a phone call. Perhaps you might deliver your resume in person. At least the secretary can deliver the resume and mention you stopped by even if you don’t get an immediate face to face.
2) Position Wasn’t Open To Begin With
Companies typically have to advertise an open position so everyone has the opportunity to apply. There are times when companies will promote those within regardless of what resumes land on their respective tables. I’ve been on the inside of this. I was going to be promoted but the manager told me that the company needed to advertise the job first. It happens all the time. Companies hire within. It only makes sense that someone in the current mix could potentially be a better fit for the position being advertised. The unfortunate thing for those on the outside is the job posting actually represents a giant waste of time. In this day and age, many companies require that the prospective employee fill out a ton of information. If a job seeker does that over and over again, it becomes quite monotonous. If the position was never open-the job seeker has wasted time they could have been utilizing on a job that is actually attainable. I believe this also happens with the interview process. A company typically will bring in a certain amount of prospects even if they do have someone in mind for the position internally. Who knows, maybe the job seeker can win the position with a strong interview. Chances are slim that will happen considering the person getting the nod already has developed a solid relationship with the employer. The only way to change this is to blow people away in the interview. Impress the hiring manager with your knowledge and research of the company. Give brief but solid answers about how you have evolved in your current or former positions to be a better employee.
3) Your interview skills need work
Did you blow the interview? Your resume landed you the opportunity to talk to the hiring manager. Everything seemed great until the interview went sour. There are things in an interview that can negate from your possibility of landing the position. Being overly negative is never a good thing. Criticizing your former employer is also a bad interview technique. There is a pretty good sense typically from the job seeker whether or not the interview went well. Then there are the interviews where you feel as if it went well but just don’t know. Interviews are set up these days for job seekers to punch their way out of a landing a job. Instead of looking for the positive, hiring managers are looking to weed you out. They have a multitude of candidates and something has to give. Perhaps it’s that one comment you made about the long hours. How do you change your interview skills set? Practice in front of your loved ones. Go on interviews where you don’t even want the job just to hone your skills. Ask yourself if you were the employer if you’d want to hear the answers you are giving as an applicant. Learn to be critical of yourself even during the course of an important interview.
4) There are better candidates
Let’s face it. Sometimes the company does hire the right person for the job. Maybe somebody has a more relevant resume and a list of awards and accomplishments. Maybe the hiring manager has a better feeling of potential success with a certain personality type and can’t see outside of the box. Maybe the person who gets the job was the right person and you were close but not cigar. As a job seeker, you have to face the facts that there are tons of educated people with relevant experience out there who just might have more relevant experience and skills sets. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that someone has a more relevant resume. It doesn’t mean they have more potential or they are a better person. In fact, it’s best to never take the rejection personally although we often do. The reason you aren’t getting hired in this case is that it just wasn’t the right place at the right time. It happens to the best of us and there is no shame in finishing second when you give your best. How can you change this? You have to paint a visual picture for the employer of how you’ll fit in with the culture and how you will grow in the position. If someone has a much better resume, impress with personality. Granted, you don’t know what other applicants you are competing against. So always try to be spot on with your personality and make the interviewer comfortable in their own skin.
5) No Follow Up
You had a great interview and you are fairly confident that you landed the job. In fact, you are pretty sure you aced it. Now you wait and wait for the phone to ring. Job seekers sometimes forget the follow up. It doesn’t mean you harass your prospective employer with phone calls and emails. It just means you do something simple to show that you are still interested in the position. Sometimes you aren’t getting hired because you just don’t follow up and finish what you started. Some employers will tell you that they’ll be in touch and never do. At the same token, some employers expect you to still follow up and ask for the job. If you didn’t ask for the job in your interview, this is another opportunity to continue to express your interest. Follow up could also be through a hand written thank you card or a nice note.