Why Can’t I Get a Job?

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Today, most candidates know that it’s a job seeker’s market. Companies are shouting that they can’t find enough professionals to fill their positions, and “Help Wanted” signs are prolific in many communities.

As a result, it can be incredibly frustrating and confusing if you’re actively applying but not getting interviews or offers. You may even be wondering if you’re somehow unhirable.

Fortunately, the situation isn’t likely that dire. Instead, specific factors or circumstances may be in play, or you may be making a simple (correctable) misstep. If you’re wondering why you can’t get a job, here’s a look at why you may be struggling and what to do about it.

Your Application Isn’t Targeted to the Role

The most common mistake candidates make is not targeting their resume and cover letter to the role they’re trying to land. Ideally, your application needs to feature keywords taken directly from the job ad. That way, if the company uses an applicant tracking system (ATS), you’re more likely to make it past the automated screener.

Tailoring your resume and cover letter also helps you stand out in the eyes of the hiring manager. Your application will feel more relevant, making it easier for them to envision you in the role. Plus, it speaks directly to their needs, further boosting your status as a potential top candidate.

You’re Choosing the Wrong Job Openings

When you’re looking for a new job, it’s tempting to apply to any role that interests you, or that could possibly be a fit. The problem is, if you aren’t actually qualified for the position, you’re not going to see results.

Ideally, you want to bring at least 70 percent of what the hiring manager wants to the table. Highlighting your willingness to learn or any steps you’re taking now to acquire anything that’s missing can also help. That way, you seem like a reasonable possibility, increasing the odds that you’ll remain in contention long enough to get an interview.

You’re Not Using Your Network to Find Opportunities

A shocking number of jobs are never advertised publicly. If you aren’t tapping your network to learn about openings, there’s a solid chance you’re missing out on some exceptional roles.

Additionally, your network can be a source of referrals. Often, hiring managers give referred candidates more consideration, particularly when presented by an employee they trust. By working with your network, you may find someone who can be your champion, increasing your odds of landing an interview.

You’re Missing Out on Job Search Resources

Most candidates focus on job boards when searching for openings. While those can have some opportunities, competition can be fierce. Additionally, you may have to sort through a slew of job ads, most of which won’t be solid matches.

If you want to boost your job search and get results, partnering with a staffing firm is your best bet. You’ll get to work with a recruiter who can serve as a job search ally. They’ll help find right-fit roles, assist with resume updates, and ensure you’re prepared for any interviews. That way, your odds of landing the job are as good as possible.

If you’re ready to land your next career-boosting opportunity, the team at GSG Talent Solutions wants to hear from you. Contact us today.


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