No One Will Hire Me & I Don’t Know Why: Your Answer Here

Feeling like no one will hire you and just don’t know why? This isn’t uncommon. We’re going to go over the reasons why you are struggling in your job search and what you might be able to do in order to set a career course for yourself that lands you a job and puts you back in the driver's seat.

This can be a stressful time. With bills piling up and stress from friends and family to find employment, you might be vulnerable. Right now it’s important to recognize that you aren’t alone in this. Nearly 1,200 people every single month feel as though they are stuck in their job search just like you.

Let’s get started on how to untangle this feeling like no one will hire you.

Take A Moment To Think About What You’ve Already Tried

Before you jump into feeling depressed, it’s important that you take a moment to consider your actions. If for example, you make it to the interview stages of all your job applications and then they seem to fall flat from there; that would tell us that you need to work on your interview skills. If you simply aren’t getting responses from your job applications, then that would tell us that you need to work on following up on your job application.

Related: How To Follow Up On A Job Application (5 Email Examples)

If you don’t stop a take a moment to consider what you’ve done so far, in terms of your job search, then it will be difficult to identify where it needs to be corrected in order to achieve results (get you employed).

Here are some helpful area’s to consider:

Each one of these indicates something that needs to be worked on. From indicating a potential career change to potentially revamping your resume to make sure that it’s communicating the proper information for the type of job search that you have. Write down at least ten of the steps that you’ve taken so far in your job search in order to recall what you haven’t done or have done that doesn’t seem to be working.

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Think About Where You Want To Go

The next step is to carefully consider where you want to go in your career. If you don’t have a passion about your work then you might be communicating to your future employers, in an indirect manner, that you don’t have enthusiasm about the job. It’s important that you consider your own factors in the job search as well.

Related: 10 Answers To "What Are You Passionate About?"

Another example of this is applying for a job that you don’t have any prior experience with. And then feeling like no one will hire you. This would be because you don’t have enough experience or your resume isn’t communicating the path to why you are suitable for the job function that you’re applying for.

Find out which one of these, if any, apply to you. Use that as consideration for how you might alter or work on altering parts of your process going into the future. A career path is a vital part of any job search since it will dictate not only your future actions but what you will communicate during interviews.

Related: Answering "What Are Your Career Goals?" (Interview Question)

Think About What You Haven’t Tried

If you took the step previous and wrote down at least 10 steps that you’ve taken in your process for searching, applying and interviewing for jobs — you should find some gaps. Either you are finding out that you aren’t getting interviews. Or that you aren’t finding appropriate jobs. You need to identify where the process ultimately is getting “snagged”.

During this process you might also find that you simply don’t have enough data to fill out the 10 steps that you’ve taken, in which case that means that you need to start applying for a lot more jobs.

The point is, you need to go through a process of deducting what you haven’t tried.

Here are some things to look out for:

Be Creative About Your Search

Now that you have some indicator as to what might be holding you back, it’s important to know that it’s not that no one will hire you, but that you might need to change your approach. It’s true that only 2% of candidates are hired from job application submissions. Meaning, you need to be getting out into the world and using your network to your advantage.

Developing a network is easy. Contact friends, family members, ask for their help in the job search. Always meet someone you aren’t familiar with, in a professional setting, to see where it can lead. Use social media to your advantage by reaching out to hiring managers through direct messages or @ replies. Contact recruiters through LinkedIn or other professional networking websites where your particular industry is focused. You can even attend cocktail mixers or events in hopes of finding new connections.

You need to take what you aren’t doing and apply your energy towards it. In order to see change, you must change your view. If you wanted to change job functions but don’t have enough experience, consider a temporary internship in order to gain the skills required for the job.

It’s important that you recognize it’s not that no one will hire you. It’s that you need to spend time cultivating the connections and the effort required in order to land a position in today's competitive job markets.

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams.

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