I’m Not Landing any Job Interviews…WHY???

July 18, 2017

Career Advice

When you desperately want or need a job, there’s nothing worse than radio silence. How could you possibly get no response?! It’s so easy to let the depressing thoughts sink in. “I’ll never get hired,” you tell yourself. Well, it’s time to pick yourself back up and give a serious assessment to your efforts. If no one else is providing you with feedback, you’ll have to provide it to yourself. Answer the following questions honestly, and hopefully they’ll help your job search progress quickly and smoothly.

  1. Am I personalizing each cover letter and resume?
    When you’re applying to dozens of jobs, taking the time to personalize everything is completely overwhelming. Sadly, you don’t have a choice. Don’t bother applying for a job unless you have spent a considerate amount of time putting together the perfect package for application. This is your first impression–don’t blow it! Go for quality, not quantity.
  2. Have I reached out to any human beings?
    It can feel like your resume is being sent into an Internet black hole. In a way,  it is! You need to make some personal connections during your job search. For example, apply online but then reach out to an employee or hiring manager via LinkedIn to learn more about the position. Or grab a coffee with a friend of a friend who also works at that company. Personal connections are the best way to find a new job.
  3. Am I applying to the right kind of positions?
    Realistically assess where you are in your career right now. Have you been applying to positions for which you are overqualified or under qualified? Again, we’re searching for quality, not quantity here. Search for job descriptions in which you feel like “That’s me!” not “Maybe that could be me.” Don’t waste your own time–or the hiring manager’s time–by applying for jobs that you fully know you won’t be hired for. There’s something out there for you. Find it!

Image via zellchan/Flickr.

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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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