5 Years Later, Are You Still Unemployed?
Commentators have been talking for half a decade now about the impact of the 2008 recession. Costing many people their jobs, it was not uncommon for people with doctorate degrees to apply for entry level positions. Now that the economy has supposedly recovered, jobs are supposed to be easier to find… right? But you’re still unemployed, passed over for another candidate time and time again.
Could there be something causing employers to choose someone else besides you? Here are some common errors that cause employers to toss your application into the circular file:
Your application is uncomfortable to read.
Spelling and grammar errors are one of the biggest contributors to an application getting tossed into the trash. Uncomfortable font colors, unreadable fonts, or high-powered graphics that don’t download well can all make a potential employer not want to hire you. Make your application as friendly and grammatically perfect as possible and you’ll likely get past this problem if you’ve got the necessary skill set for the job.
Focus on your strengths.
Many people create an application that is a full description of everything that they can do. The thought is that by offering all of this information, a potential employer will see that they are valuable. The reverse, however, is often true. Employers aren’t looking for excuses to give you an interview. They’re looking for an excuse to toss your application away! Focus on what you do well and you’ll get past this problem.
You’re not following up on your applications.
One of the “tricks” that employers use to see which applicants really want a job is to see who follows up on an application. People who don’t follow-up an application with a note, an e-mail, a phone call, or a visit in person are automatically rejected because you’ve communicated that you don’t really want that job.
Tip: Never apply for a job that you’re unwilling to follow up on to see how the application process is going.
You’re applying for jobs online all the time.
There are a lot of jobs that get posted online today, so applying for these jobs does make sense. What many people don’t realize, however, is that nearly half of all the jobs that are available today aren’t every posted or advertised. Using a traditional application, calling a business about open positions, or talking to current employees is often just as effective as an online application.
You make a bad first impression.
Employers have a vision of who they want to fill an open position. They’ll know if you fit that image in the first 30 seconds of your interview! Always follow the basics of an interview: smell good, look good, and know what kind of attire is expected of employees at the company. With the exception of Apple and a couple other modern tech companies, it’s always better to overdress than underdress.
Keep the Faith
You can land that job! Don’t give up hope. There’s a job that’s waiting for you somewhere that will be the perfect fit for you. Take these tips to heart, focus on the advice, and fix any errors you see in your application process. When you do that, the chances will be better that you’ll find a job in the near future!