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Top 10 Reasons Why You’re Not Finding a Job

Top 10 Reasons Why You’re Not Finding a Job

From the book:  "The Job Search Solution:  The Ultimate System for Finding a Great Job Now!" by Tony Beshara, president and owner of Dallas-based job placement firm Babich and Associates


If you have had trouble landing a job, you need to take a critical look at the possible reasons, including:

Source:  Yahoo Finance

  • You're not making finding a job a job itself!

    Many people don't adopt a committed, passionate, failure-is-not-an-option attitude and don't recognize that finding a job is a numbers game. When it comes to interviews, it's all numbers: the more interviews you get, the better your chances of getting called back; the more times you're called back, the better your chances of landing a good job.

  • You haven't developed a system of finding a job.

    The system should entail everything from goals and intentions that dictate planned activity to role-playing of interviews.

  • You have an unrealistic idea about the market for your skills.

    There is a tendency for people to over inflate the ease of their ability to find a job, based on a distorted view of the marketability of their skills. This can lead to frustration and disappointment when the job search is longer than expected.

  • You aren't acknowledging the psychological and emotional stress that changing jobs entails.

    By denying this reality, people operate out of fear of rejection. They confuse activity with productivity and focus on minor things that appear to be job-finding activities, but aren't the most fruitful activities.

  • You ignore small businesses.

    You've forgotten or don't realize that 97 percent of the businesses in the United States employ fewer than 100 people. America is not run by big business. It is run by small groups of people who organize to provide goods and services.

  • You don't recognize that face-to-face interviews are the only things that matter.

    There are all kinds of things you can do to get face-to-face interviews, but you have to get them. Pulling out all the stops by doing anything you can to get in front of a hiring authority with pain (the need to hire someone) is key.

  • You don't prepare well for interviews.

    Most people are either not confident in themselves or act arrogant in the interviewing process simply because they are not as prepared as they should be. They don't prepare and practice presentations on themselves with others.

  • You're not selling yourself.

    The vast majority of people going into an interviewing situation simply don't sell themselves very well. People neglect to do everything from dress properly to focus on what they can do for a prospective employer. And worst of all, they don't come right out and ask for the job.

  • You have the attitude, "What can you do for me?"

    Most people consider interviews a two-way street. They believe that the employer is just as responsible for selling them on the company and the job as they are for selling themselves to the employer. They don't realize that there is nothing to consider until you have an offer. If you give enough reasons to employers as to why they ought to hire you and what you can do for them, they will give you plenty of answers on what they can do for you.

  • You give poor reasons for leaving your job.

    Whether it's why you left your last employer or why you want a new job, most people present the reason from a selfish point of view. They badmouth and criticize their current or past employers and justify their own convictions, thinking that a prospective employer is going to identify with them. They're wrong!

    1. Unreasonable expectations. If your list of criteria for the perfect job is too high, you might be setting yourself up for disappointment. Make a list of your employment wants and needs, and then ask yourself how you can compromise. What's a must-have?  What's negotiable? Don't be too demanding.

    2. You're limiting your resources. If you're only networking, or only using employment agencies to look for a job, consider using other avenues, too. If you look for work online, are you only using one or two job websites? Instead, use several.  The wider you cast your net, the better your chances are of catching a job.

    3. You're all about you. Yes, it's important to see yourself, but tell the employer what you can do for them.  Do your homework and understand what the company is looking for, then let them know how you can fill those needs. Avoid using the word "I" too often and instead, put the focus on the company.

    4. You are thinking short-term.  When an interviewer asks "Where do you see yourself in five years," it's not a trick question.  Employers think long-term, and  so should you.  If you're hired, how will you help the company grow?  That's just one of the questions you should prepare for.

    5. Lack of preparation.  Rehearse your answers to some of the most common interview questions, including those about your strengths, your weaknesses and questions about your last job.  Come up with three-sentence answers filled with facts and examples and practice them over and over.

    6. Putting your job search on hold.  Even if you've had a couple of great interviews.  It can be exhausting looking for work, but it's not over until you've accepted a job offer.  So keep networking and applying, and think about the interview you had.  Did you may any mistakes?  Were there any questions you wish you'd have answered better?  Fine-tune and prepare for the next interview!