Getting hired is not easy. If you've read my blog before, you know I often write about finding a job (see here). I do so because I feel like I've been really fortunate in my young career not only finding a job, but good ones. I've had many, not all in my chosen career path. I've come to some conclusions about things. Not only from my experience, but also from observing the experiences of others. Here are a few things that are preventing you from getting the job:
1. You're Not Working Smart.
Not everyone is able to simply work smarter. I can't count the times friends have told me they re-did their resume and re-wrote their cover letter, but they just can't seem to get the job. Well that's not putting in smart work. If you're smart, you'd do something like this:
2. You're Not Applying For The Right Jobs.
When a job description says 3-5 years of work experience in a specific field, and you have maybe 6 months, you're probably not going to get the look you think you deserve. You might be a real go-getter. You might have some great work experience and think you know enough to take on anything. And honestly, that's possible. But companies hiring for business roles like accounting, marketing or equivalent roles, really rely on years of experience as a key metric of a candidate's value.
Another thing to consider is skill set. If you don't have some of the key skill sets they are looking for, but you think you can learn quickly, you're in a jam. Most companies aren't going to bet thousands of dollars on a candidate who hasn't work with, for instance a CRM or customer relations management system like Salesforce, if you don't have any experience with it.
3. You're Pretending You Have The Upper Hand.
Nope, you don't. The organization you are applying to, probably has unlimited resources, a stack of qualified resumes and definitely high standards for what they want. Answer their emails, connect with them on LinkedIn, read about the organization, be prepared for interviews, be professional, say a prayer.
4. You Haven't Found Your Unique Selling Point.
Everyone has their own unique selling points. Your USP is not just "hard-worker." You have to think about this. Think about projects you've worked on, successes you've had, talents you possess, and other abilities that set you apart from the rest. Make sure you use those USP's across all forms of communication with your potential employer for emphasis: cover letter, phone interview, in-person interview.