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Why You Haven't been Selected for a Job

Since you finished your studies or lose your last job and are still in the market without a job, this question will always arise "Why haven't you got a job yet? So what will be your reply? I have already applied in different organisations but haven't received any positive response? So, how may times you faced this situation and ever thought about root cause of not getting positive reply from the employer(s)?

Why do we repeat things that we know aren't working?Take job seekers who send out hundreds, sometimes thousands of resumes, and never get any results. In any other context this would merit a change in approach, but they just keep sending out more resumes. This tough job market makes it even more important to stop the mindless application-mailing and analyze what isn't working — because the problem might be devastatingly simple. Priscilla Claman (President of Career Strategies, Inc) in one of her article told about repeat failure of job searching candidates. She visited by one of these chronic resume-senders. A girl had sent out 1,000 resumes in ten months and didn't have one interview to show for it. She brought a copy of her resume with her, and she examined it. There, in the middle of the page, in bold, 14-point type, she read: PROFFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE. She had never noticed the spelling error, but undoubtedly the hiring managers on the receiving end of the resume had. Mortifying as this discovery was, the girl did the right thing. She addressed the fact that something was wrong, and with careful analysis (and outside help) discovered exactly what that was.

If you're worried that your job-search approach may have overlooked problems, ask yourself these three questions.

Are you getting 5 or 6 first interviews for every 100 reasonably-targeted resumes you send out?

It may seem like a harsh ratio, but the ease of sending resumes in the digital age (in addition to the economy, of course) means that there are more of them out there. If your rate is lower than six for every hundred, there is likely something wrong with your resume or the kinds of jobs you're sending it to. The girl made both of these mistakes: In addition to the typo mistake, she sent her resume to all kinds of jobs, in all kinds of industries, at all kinds of levels. Even without the typo, she wouldn't have landed many interviews. If you aren't getting initial results from your resume, stop sending it out all together. Now try following;

  • First, have a trusted friend or colleague check it for problems.

  • Then, change how you look for a job: Even in good times, it's probably still twice as hard to get a job by limiting your search to job boards like Monster, Brightspyre, Rozee and Indeed.

  • Instead, try job hunting through friends, making connections through social media, (especially LinkedIn), applying directly through company websites, or even the old-fashioned walk-in application.

  • Target organizations you want to work for and approach them even if they don't have openings. Keep track of what works and repeat it — stop doing what doesn't work.

Are you getting one second interview for about every 8 first interviews?

Candidates who have trouble interviewing usually haven't thought through why they want the job. That causes them appear unsure — or worse — desperate. If you never get pass the first interview, stop and think carefully about what you are good at and what you want in a job. If you can clearly picture and articulate what you really enjoy at work, your motivation will pick up too.

Have you been a finalist for more than 8 or 9 positions, and still not landed a job?

If you have been, try to review what happened as much as you can. Although it's unlikely you'll find out exactly what happened, you may get hints. Did an internal candidate get the job? Was the requisition withdrawn? Those are the kinds of reasons you have no control over, so you can discount them. Just persist as you have done if any these extraneous reasons were the case.

However, if not, it's possible that you may have a problem with your references. If you thought you were a shoe-in until the late-stage call to your references (and you can guess who on your list may be the culprit), you may want to shuffle or replace your references accordingly.

When you are looking for a job, it's important to remember that doing what you have always done is just not enough. Think it through, and then take action. After all, that's what your employer will want you to do when you accept the job anyway.


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