So, you have been in search of a job for a considerable time but are yet to be selected for one. If that's the case, don’t worry anymore because we have got you covered.
In this article, we are going to discuss the different aspects related to a job, and how each of them influences your final result.
The three aspects of your job hunt
Getting a job involves search, application, and interview, i.e.
• You need to search for a job
• You then need to apply for the job
• You have to attend an interview
If all things go right, the post is yours.
The three major aspects of finding a job are search, application, and interview. So before you say ‘I can’t find a job,’ or ‘Why can’t I find a job,' make sure you are doing the basics involved with these aspects right. It means you have to perform best with regards to searching for a job, applying for the job, and succeeding in the interview.
With that said, let's look at each of the aspects in detail.
The job search
Searching for a job sounds easy, but it is not as straightforward as you think. A single search will reveal thousands of posts on portals and websites, but that doesn't mean you are fit for every available position in the advertisements. We expect you to not apply for every position open in the job market; instead, be wise about your choices.
So, what’s a reasonable job search you might ask?
A reasonable job search lets you a list of jobs that match your interests, skills, and experience. You need to look for work that best utilizes your knowledge and ability to complete tasks. Think about it, why would someone hire, let alone pay you for something you are not good at doing.
People think of jobs as only as a source of income, nothing more. Hence, they end up looking for something that pays high, and there's no issue with that. However, you need to have some skill and interest in the job to do it. Never prefer a job because of the money it provides as you will soon lose intent to work once the money factor fades away with time.
Therefore, be smart and choose a job that favors your interest, and makes use of your skills and experience.
The job application
You should apply for jobs after being assured that the selected ones match your interests.
Applying for a job requires sending your cover letter and resume to the concerned party.
Cover letters and CV
The process of applying for jobs involves preparation of cover letter along with creation or updating of CV and sending them to the concerned companies. For a recruiter, the combination of cover letter and CV is a strong indication of interest for the offer. Never apply for a job with only your bio-data, always incorporate a cover letter in your application. A cover letter adds a personal touch, showing your eagerness for the job while the CV advocates for your suitability for the job concerning your skills and experience.
That said, here are some common cover letter and CV mistakes that one can commit while preparing an application.
Errors related to cover letters:
• Lacking a strong implication of your suitability for the job.
A cover letter is not a resume but is similar to it in some aspects. While a resume shows your expertise, a cover letter elaborates how your expertise will help the concerned organization. After all, they need some value from you to hire you. If your cover letter fails in this regard to justification, it requires some changes.
• Inclusion of unwanted information in the letter
A cover letter should not include any information that does not benefit you in finding a job. Not only it creates a wrong impression but also wastes time. Only provide information that helps the recruiter relate and assess you for the offered position.
• The language is too formal or casual
Your cover letter should not sound too formal or informal. You have to have a balance of expression.
• Improper salutation or greetings
Greetings also influence how successful your cover letter is in conveying your message. They reflect your intents. Wrong salutations can cause a bad impression; it is the last thing you want when looking for a job.
• Only emphasizing yourself
Although a cover letter is for advocating your suitability, do not only highlight yourself throughout the context. Emphasize your expertise while also show how it helps the company achieve its goals.
• Grammatical errors and typos
Grammar errors and typos can also be a deal-breaker. A cover letter with errors signifies that you are careless or lazy. You might not be lazy or irresponsible, but your cover letter will imply so. Hence, proof-read your cover letter several times. You can take help of someone if you struggle with this aspect.
• The message being long and dragged
A cover letter has to be precise and concise. Remember the aim of a cover letter: advocate your suitability; it should only do that. You only have to highlight the key aspects which will help you with the job and in turn, the organization. Also, you have to do this in a minimum number of words possible. Recruiters won't pay attention to the long cover letters; thus, reducing your chances of getting the message across.
• Not sending a cover letter
It might seem old-fashioned to submit a cover letter in this age. But trust me, it works. Everyone sends a CV for a job. It makes you part of the general crowd if you only send a CV - not something you want if you want to get the job. A CV along with a cover letter lets you stand apart from the crowd, bearing a sense of personal touch and showing your effort and enthusiasm for the job in the offer.
Errors in the CV
• Lacking specific information
If a resume incorporates information concerning some topic, it should have detailed information regarding it. Do not provide ambiguous information; it scores negatively.
• Lacking a compelling objective
It is one of the first things that a recruiter gets to read on your resume. So, it is also your chance to make a good impression from the beginning. The objective has to be unique, while also making your intentions and expectations clear to the reader.
• A standard style for every job
Every job application requires a CV tailored for the job. You cannot have a single form for two different positions. Thus, always make changes to your CV to suit the job profile.
• Missing vital information
One of the simplest mistakes you could make in a resume is omitting information that could be vital for the job in context. Information like your past experiences in school, or your final project in college or even your summer internship; recruiters are keen on such additional information that can help strengthen your chances of getting the job.
• Grammatical errors and typos
Grammatical errors and typos in resume signify ignorance and carelessness, these characteristics won’t you land a job. So, proof-read your resume or take help of someone to cut out the errors.
• Focusing on duties instead of accomplishments
When mentioning your works, don't just write what you did. Instead, have a brief description of how you did the job. For example, don't mention ‘record keeping' instead write ‘gathered information and sorted them into records as MS Word document file.' Elaborate about the process, instead of just the result.
• Lacking balance of text
The CV should not be unnecessarily long. Alternatively; it should not be too short. Maintain a balance between the text and information, do not allow one to dominate the other.
• Poor design format
Apart from the information itself, the presentation of information also influences how good your CV is. Your CV should not just be blocks of text followed by blocks of text. Allow space between elements, use bullets to make points, maintain alignment. Providing relevant information but also keeping it legible is vital.
• Wrong contact details
Citing wrong contact details is something that rarely happens, but happen nevertheless. So be careful when you are providing your contact information on the resume. Cover letters and CV are a large part of the application process, but it is not limited to them.
You might have the best cover letter and resume, yet can’t find a job. Let’s see some other aspects that affect the application aspect.
Not applying for enough job listings
Do not expect to get a job for every application that you send. If that were the case, every working person would have multiple jobs. How many applications should you send? On average, make sure to submit at least five per week. If you can send more, that's good but do not spam.
Not following the prescribed format for the job submission
Sometimes, companies have a specific format (or system) in place for receiving applications. Make sure you adhere to those conditions. For example, a company might prefer that the applications be sent via post, but you have sent it by e-mail, hence, do not get considered.
Not addressing the company concerns
There might be issues like a gap in your education or employment period which could cause concerns for the recruiter. Hence, you must explain any such matters that you might have, in your cover letter to be in consideration for the job. If you have gone by the above steps, you should be receiving some interview calls.
However, there will be cases that you go through the interview, but do not find the job to be yours.
The job interview
After going through the application, if shortlisted, the company will arrange for a meeting to better assess you in person. This meeting is the last phase to pass before you get the job; hence, one has to be extra careful. That said, let’s look at the mistakes that a candidate might make in relation to an interview.
Being unable to define/understand company intentions
When you are facing an interview, you are judged for what you say. So, before making any point, back it up with proper reasoning. Questions like ‘where do you see yourself after five years?' or ‘why do you want to work for this company?' test your intentions, so prepare and answer accordingly.
Lack of information about the company
Being unaware of facts and information related to the company is one of the worst things that you could do while preparing for an interview. Being equipped with facts and data concerning the company shows your keenness to work and be a part of the company.
Lack of reasoning for job changes or irregularity
If you have changed your jobs (or fired from a job) in the past, be assured that the recruiter is going to ask you about it. So, be prepared and explain these things with proper reasoning. You should have a genuine reason; else risk being out of contention for the position.
Not asking questions
An interviewee asking questions is an encouraging sign for a recruiter that the candidate is serious about the job and showing interest. After all, you want someone who willingly wants to work for you. If you do not make queries, it shows you lack of interest; thus, diminishing your chances of passing the interview.
Lacking interest and not following up
Do not think your work is over after the interview. Make sure to follow-up with the concerned person afterward. Just like asking questions, this action reflects your eagerness for the job; thus, weighing up your chances. So, make a habit of sending a ‘Thank You' message after the day of the interview and keep in touch for updates on the situation in extended gaps of time.
Bad or no references
The references that you provide can sometimes be the reason for you not finding a job. Do not include people in references who can’t help you genuinely. It will hurt if you get to know that you had passed the interview, but your reference let you down.
Citing high wages
Sometimes, the wage you cite could be a limiting factor. Maybe there was a massive difference between your quotation and the figure that the recruiter had in mind; in such cases, you would be on the losing side. So be reasonable with it. Instead, let them quote you a number and negotiate from there. You could say something like ‘I just want an offer that best suits my position and ability' to make them cite a number.
With that, we have looked at three aspects of getting a job. However, there’s a fourth aspect to it.
The fourth aspect – Luck
Sometimes you might find that even after doing everything correctly, you can’t find a job. If that's the case, you have to keep going. It might just be down to bad luck. You cannot have regrets as you did your best. You have to carry on with the process until you find a job.
It was a long and descriptive article explaining the essential elements concerning 'why you can't find a job.' We hope this article enlightened you about some aspects that you were missing out on and helped you steer to the right track.