When looking for a job, attitude is everything. If you have a positive and optimistic outlook, you’ll be motivated to hit the job sites every day and do whatever it takes to find a job.
But even when you have a sterling attitude, it might still take you longer than expected to find work. Weeks without a paying job can turn into months, and before you know it, you’re obsessing over worst case scenarios and imaging all kinds of things that might happen.
Instead of beating yourself up and jumping to hasty conclusions that you’re an undesirable candidate who’ll never find work, its key that you examine possible reasons why your job search is taking longer than you thought.
Due to the ever rising rate of unemployment, and the fact that many job markets are saturated with fresh graduates every year, the idea of finding a job within a week of starting your search is far from realistic – I know, this is not the kind of news you’ll love to hear on a Monday but hey, it’s the fact. Still, you have to believe that you’ll eventually find work. Until then, here are some possible reasons why your job search is taking longer than you want.
You Think You’re Too Good for a Small Company
A lot of University graduates have lofty dreams of working for a ‘Fortune 500 company’, and earning an jaw-dropping salary. Unfortunately, however, these dreams are just what they are– dreams.
For some graduates, reality sets in after about six months, after discovering that many large companies don’t have openings in their field, or these employers have to sift through an enormous pool of applicants. Some graduates think they are a good match for a job because they had a 4.00 GPA. But, sadly, the more résumé and applications a large company receives from university grads that finished at the top of their class, the less impressive 2.1 looks.
Of course, big companies will most likely be able to offer a higher salary and more benefits, but the hidden truth is that the big businesses don’t exactly run the run the country – small businesses do. Yes I know, the big businesses are owned by top government officials or mega-millionaire-oil moguls but the small businesses are everywhere. Walk down any street and you’ll stumble upon a multitude of small businesses that might be looking for people with your skills. There’s nothing wrong with going after the big fish, but in no way must you limit yourself or look down on small companies. With a small business, the person interviewing you might be the owner of the company and the decision-maker. This is totally different from interviewing with a larger company where you’ll have to go through two or three interviews before you get a job offer.
2. You are not flexible
It’s very important to begin your job search with a clear understanding of what you desire from the job. Also bear in mind that there might not be a company that offers everything on your list. So if you’re tired of eating “mama-put’ every night or living off your folks, you need to check your list at the door and take what you can get – even if it means working a flexible schedule, which might include weekends.
Please note that taking a job that offers less than you want doesn’t mean you’re selling yourself short, it just means you’re realistic and reasonable – and you’re putting a paycheck over pride. Plus it’s easier to get your dream job while working.
3. You’re not trying hard enough
Let’s get real for a moment. Even though you want to be able to afford the fine things of life-which pretty means you need a job-how desperate are you to get a job? You might cry and complain about broke and jobless situation to anyone cares to listen. But if there was a hidden camera that follows you throughout the day, it might reveal that you spend little, if any, time looking for work. Your idea of “job search” may include checking two or three job sites and sending out maybe one or two résumé per day – which might take say, an hour or so of your time. And then you spend the rest of the day ‘pinging’, watching soap operas, and lying around the house, oblivious to the fact that thousands of people are looking for the same type of job you are searching for. Honestly, you’re only kidding yourself.
Searching for a new job is a job in itself. So think of committing five to seven hours a day to the job search. I know you’ll think that it seems a bit excessive, but trust me; this is what it takes to quickly secure employment. Use the free time to customize your résumé and cover letter to suit each job opening, and take advantage of other proven methods of job search, such as dropping your résumé off in person at different businesses and attending career fairs. There are some other methods you can adopt in order to get noticed by prospective employers
• Creating Or Improving Your LinkedIn Profile: This is your online résumé. Many employers and recruiters scout LinkedIn looking for qualified job applicants. Having a LinkedIn profile explaining your skills and experience is one of the best ways for employers to find you.
• Work Your Network: Chances are you know at least one person who owns a business or manages a company. This person might be able to put in a good word for you, giving you first dibs on an interview. If you have a Twitter or Facebook account, post an update and let your network know you’re looking for work. If they hear about any opportunities, they can send a message with the details.
4. Drop that Chip on Your Shoulder
If you’ve been going for a lot of job interviews but have been unable to nail an offer or two, you need to start feeling a little bit perturbed and start wondering why employers are choosing other job applicants over you, especially if you are qualified for the job.
You might need to watch your attitude and take on a friendlier and less hostile-I-know-it-all attitude. When going for an interview, make sure you leave your attitude at the door and remove the chip off your shoulder. Here are some pre-interview tips that would help you nail that job.
5. Remain relevant
Are you in tune with the latest in your field? Do you know what employers want from job applicants nowadays? If you are clueless, this is most likely one of the reasons why your job search is taking longer than you expected. You’ve got to move flow, keep up with the times and stay up. There’s a lot that can change in just a few short years. Job requirements evolve, and if you don’t have the latest skills, or if you don’t bring employers something new, you’ll most likely not be picked for the job.
The bitter truth is that no employer cares if you had a 4.0 CGPA when you graduated from the university 10 years ago. He’s interested in here and now. What abilities have you picked since you graduated from school? If you haven’t brushed up on your skills in the past 10 years, or if you’re not familiar with the latest trends in your field, then please by all means think you’re going to get hired over someone who sacrificed his time, energy and money to acquire new skills.
Getting a job takes time, but there’s a lot that you can do to make yourself eligible for that job while you wait. Be flexible, use your network, adjustment your attitude, and you just might improve your odds of getting a job.5 Reasons Why You Have Not Gotten That Job by Stellamaris Obomanu