3 Reasons Experienced People Don’t Get Hired

November 27, 2017

Remember that time you had a job interview and they called you and left a message on your answering machine by the time you got back home? Oh, right, that was back in the ‘90’s, wasn’t it…definitely a far cry from the reality of job searching today. It can become discouraging and disheartening when you know you have the experience, but you can barely get a response, let alone an interview or an offer. The reasons are many: there was a hiring / budget freeze, the recruiter ghosted you, or any number of other obstacles in your way. Let’s zoom in on the aspects, though, that are fully within your control:

Nobody Knows Who You Are

Bad resumes happen to great candidates. Far too often, I see a resume that could double as either a doctoral thesis or professional obituary. A resume that merely lists what you’ve done is a resume that’s more likely to get deleted – fast.

Resumes that work feature 3 key components: who you are, what you do, and the value you bring – in that order. Who you are is more important than what you do. The reason for that is who you are is unique; in fact, it’s virtually the only thing that’s unique. And that’s what you should be emphasizing – the differentiated aspect of who you are.

If your resume opens with anything that smells like, “Motivated professional,” or “Solid team player,” or “Resourceful manager,” then it’s time to take a deep reflective look inside, and bring out the real you. Candidates who get hired know the real you is infinitely more interesting than that boring resume language. The real you is impressive. The real you is enough.

Everybody Else Looks Just Like You

Monster.com is one of the most trafficked employment websites in the US. Indeed.com has surpassed Monster. And CareerBuilder is not far behind. While this is not a discussion about these specific job boards, the scope of job boards in general should tell you something: they’re that big because everyone’s on them. When you’re just one among the masses, you’re going to get nowhere, and you’re going to get there awfully slowly.

If you decide to post your resume on a job board, don’t then sit back thinking, “If {I} built it, they will come.” That’s what the masses do. Candidates who get hired do something different when it comes to the job boards. Use the job boards strategically to find out who’s hiring. Then use your network to find a way directly in to that organization. This approach skyrockets your success rate from 1-2% to 40-70%.

Just Anybody Is Not Going To Help You

Use this saying to fuel your job search forward: “If it’s going to be, it’s up to me.” Certainly, professional assistance will give you a leg up, but you have to be the one to reach out, get it, and use the tools they provide the way they advised you to use them. Certainly, the right recruiter can be helpful, but you have to be the one who makes the recruiter’s job easy, by highlighting the skills the recruiter is looking for and keeping yourself top of mind.

It doesn’t serve you to blast your resume all over the Internet, then wonder why everyone’s not beating a path to your inbox. Waiting on someone else to do the major things in your career and your life will never serve you. Remember all those boring resume words I mentioned earlier that you shouldn’t be using? Here’s another: “self-motivated.” Practically everyone says they’re self-motivated on their resume, but that doesn’t always play out in real life.

Be deliberate and intentional in identifying the organizations you like, the potential opportunities that may be available, and the real human beings in that business who may be able to advise you. That won’t be just anybody. Zero in on the relevant decision makers, showcase the unique value you bring to the table that they actually need right now, initiate the conversation, and then wash, rinse, and repeat with the next organization. Keep doing it, until.

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