You’re getting a few interviews — or maybe you’re not. Either way, you’re not getting the most important thing: a job offer. Here are a few potentials reasons why you haven’t closed the deal just yet.
1. Your resume isn’t tailored to the job.
I know it takes time! It also takes time to apply for a job, so you want to make sure you’re doing it right. Haste makes waste! Read our tips on how to improve your resume and accept the fact that your resume is always a work in progress. You should constantly be trying to make it better.
2. You don’t have a good enough story.
When the employer says, “So tell me about yourself,” you have to do just that — but sell yourself at the same time! If you don’t have a scripted elevator pitch that defines you who are and why you’re the best person for this position at this company, then you’re shooting yourself in your own foot. Start preparing.
3. Your online presence is distracting.
Not every employer will Google you, but you best be prepared for the ones that do. Especially if you’re reaching out to potential employers via social networking. Follow social media etiquette for job seekers, but beyond that, clean up your profiles! Your images and conversations better be something you wouldn’t be afraid to share with grandma.
4. You’re not trying hard enough.
Job searches are exhausting. And it’s to fall into this trap: apply online to as many jobs as fast as you can. But quality is more important than quantity. Spend time networking and building connections. Get off the computer and out the door. Apply to jobs that you’re actually passionate about. It will pay off.
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