This is going to sting a bit but I have to keep it real.
The U.S. job market is getting better. The unemployment rate has dipped below 7% for the first time since 2008. Forecasters are predicting 25% of major corporations will be hiring this year. I think there is some truth to that because I’m seeing many of my clients get new jobs.
As said before, a resume will not get you a job. If you contact a resume writer and they tell you that they can guarantee you a job – they are lying. Unless they happen to be hiring managers as well as resume writers.
Your resume credential will get you noticed, which gets you an interview – the rest is up to you. You have to be able to impress the interview and make them want to hire you.
With that being said here are a few reasons why you can’t get a job.
Your resume is in need of some serious help. You already know it. If your phone isn’t ringing – you need to get some help. Also if you wrote it odds are it could use a professional touch. But If you are dead set against hiring someone, then there are ton of resources on the internet. Here’s an article I found on YAHOO! “Resume Formatting Mistakes That Could Cost You an Interview”
You’re not online
At least not professionally. You need to be on LinkedIn with a professional picture, a nice and attractive summary. It’s free so what’s the hold up? You should know, by not being online you could raise more suspicion regarding your job application. Read this article “What 80% of Employers Do Before Inviting You For An Interview”
You’re not really looking
Sometimes I will scroll through my list of recent clients and I think, “I wonder if they have found a job yet?” So I will email or call them and one thing that surprises me is when they say that they haven’t really been looking. On the one hand, I understand you’re busy and it’s great that you hired me to fix your credentials but on the other hand, what’s the point in having a Bentley if you never take it for a spin? Keep looking, new jobs are posted all the time.
You don’t know what you want
When you are fresh out of college you might not have a clue of what you want to do when you grow up, but when you get to the mid 30’s, 40’s and dare I say the 50’s, you should have that figured out. You have 2 legal options in life; no. 1, do something you love or no. 2, do something just to make ends meet. If you are among the later, then do it well.
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