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What's Really Wrong with Your Job Search?

What's Really Wrong with Your Job Search?

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Roxanne Ravenel | Excelle

You’ve sent out tons of resumes but haven’t received a single bite.

Here are several factors to consider:

Does my resume need some work? Start by learning how to write a resume for the current job market. Have an objective party review your resume and offer honest suggestions.

Am I tailoring my resume to each company and position? Sending out a generic, one-size-fits-all resume won’t work.

Am I applying for jobs for which I don’t qualify? Focus your time, energy, and attention on positions which best suit your skills and experience.

You’ve landed several interviews but aren’t receiving job offers. Here are a few possibilities:

Am I prepared for the interviews? In a tight job market, “winging it” is a bad move — no matter how well you’ve done on interviews in the past. Never go to an interview unprepared. Learn as much as you can about the company beforehand. Review common interview questions.

Do my interview skills need strengthening? Learn about effective interview techniques. Practice with a friend, family member, mentor, or coach prior to the interview.

Do I minimize the importance of non-verbal communication? Realize that your handshake, body language, eye contact, and confidence speak volumes about you.

Is my demeanor having a negative impact? Ask yourself: Am I friendly and personable? Do I come across as negative, difficult, overpowering, or as if the position I’m applying for is beneath me?

It is often difficult to assess our own underlying problem. Get feedback from friends, family, mentors, former co-workers or a career coach or counselor.

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