So you have found yourself unemployed, and now you can’t seem to find a job. You have interviewed with multiple companies, some have even invited you back for 2 or 3 rounds, but no one has made an offer. What the heck is going on?!
First things first…breath! In the current market, it still takes on average 6 to 10 weeks to find a new position, assuming you are making finding a new job your full time job. That includes the application process, interviewing, and then starting a new role.
Here are some facts and insight to give this struggle some context:
1. It’s a numbers game. Even in todays candidate driven market, you have to assume there are many other people applying for the same job as you. Only a small percentage of people who apply will get called for an interview, and only one gets the job. You have to apply and keep applying, and then apply some more. Follow up with the employers who posted the job, if possible. Take initiative and try to stand out, in a positive way, from the rest.
2. Many open jobs are not posted online. “SO WHERE DO I FIND THE OPEN JOBS??!!!”
● Social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)
● Networking with others in your field
● Third party recruiters
You just have to get yourself out there!
3. Most candidates that apply to a job are eliminated by simple screening algorithms, usually because they haven’t tailored their resume to the job that they are applying for. For example, if you are applying to a Machine Operator role, read the job description and research the company to find out what types of machines and processes they run. Included your related experience on your resume, finding as many ways as possible to relate your experience to the open role.
4. Social media is now a huge part of our daily lives. Many hiring managers and human resource professionals will review a candidates social media profiles before considering them for an interview. It is important to maintain a positive online presence. This means avoid images or posts that show you in compromising situations. Avoid divisive discussions such as politics and religion and stay away from derogatory statements, public slander, or profanity (and definitely don’t post anything negative about your prior employer!).
5. Be patient. As time goes on, you will start to feel stress set in. Just remember that the more you stress, the less effective you will be in an interview. Get good sleep, wake up early each day, make a goal to apply to 5 – 10 jobs per day, and stay positive. Take care of yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically. You will be back to the grind soon enough, so take some time to think about what you want in your next career move and how that will align with your short and long term goals.
Finding a job is always easier when you already have one, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a nightmare when you are unemployed. Be positive and stay the course. You’ve got this!