Why you aren’t getting hired and how you can

This blog actually has 40 reasons why you’re not landing a job but I’ll give you the Cole’s notes.

  1. this one is gold. You’ve already got a job and you’ve seriously twittered something like “I work at Walmart and I hate my job.” or even better “I get paid to sit here and do nothing all day and the idiots in the upstairs office don’t even now that.” Perhaps you might want to inspect all of your social media including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, any website you may have and delete all of that stuff.  Even if your potential employer doesn’t check your idiotic social media accounts, your current employer might and that will get you fired.
  2. same goes for your email. One recruiter actually read hotdate69@hotmail.com on a candidate’s resume. How gross is that?
  3. woman-upset-620jt120612check with your references before you offer them. Some people have nothing good to say about you. Unless you ask you’d be surprised.
  4. make sure you include your volunteer activities on your resume. So what you’re not getting paid? It’s impressive that you work pro bono to do something to help somebody. It speaks to character.
  5. check print ads (even if they’re online in a print newspaper that has a site). It’s foolish to overlook them. People still find jobs that way.
  6. research the company on the internet. That’s a given right?
  7. if the company doesn’t specifically state it doesn’t want phone calls then pick up the phone and have a pleasant chat with the recruiter before you submit your resume. One of the problems with communication today is that it has become very impersonal and that prevents you from standing out. I have scanned my photographs only my resumes and every time recruiters told me how impressive that was and how they’d never seen that before. More importantly it gave them a face to put to the name.
  8. prepare a list of questions about the company and the job that you can ask throughout the interview. If you have no questions this tells the recruiter you really don’t care one way or the other if they hire you. If you have been asking questions during the interview and the recruiter says “do you have any questions for me?” you can say “you’ve answered them all,” unless you have another question.
  9. Calvin-Hobbes-Comics-calvin-and-hobbes-23583440-387-500.pngAnother reason to ask questions: the interview isn’t a one-way street. Most people treat it that way and that’s a big mistake. You need to find out if you’d like to work there and if the job appeals to you so ask away. Write down the answers so you can read them over later.
  10. don’t bad-mouth your boss or tell the recruiter you aren’t making enough money when she asks why you want to leave your current job.
  11. Don’t ask about money or vacation time. If they ask you how much you are expecting ask what they’re offering. If they insist you tell them then you can try “it depends on how much responsibility I will have in the position” possibly coupled with a range that you’re willing to work for.
  12. applying for a job where you are overqualified or underqualified is pointless. It shows that you are looking for a job, any job, and you don’t care which one.
  13. this question is important and almost no one ever asks: why is the person who currently has your job leaving? Ask.
  14. ask about the business culture – is it formal, laid-back, traditional, etc. You don’t want to work in a company that doesn’t feel like you, only to start then quit 3 weeks later.
  15. If you feel the interview has gone very well ask the recruiter if she can give you a brief tour of the office. Meh. The worst that can happen is the recruiter says no. Notice things like whether or not people seem happy. Look for diversity. Companies that mostly hire one gender or race tell you a lot about them. And if you don’t match the majority of employees you can be sure you won’t be getting hired. Besides who wants to work with people who can’t see past colour or creed and assess people’s skills?
  16. we’ve all done this at some point – sending the wrong resume to a company. For instance I applied to be an executive assistant with two different companies and I sent them each other’s resume that was tailored to the wrong company. Smart. (I still got an interview).Double check and triple check who’s getting what – that includes when you send out email resumes.
  17. ask about educational incentives (if it’s a medium – large company). Tell them you want to keep improving your skills in the industry and you believe it will increase your work performance for the company. You’ll stand out and it will put you a little ahead of everyone else.
  18. research typical interview questions and be ready with good answers. There’s really no excuse not to. If you don’t rehearse good answers you are a fool.
  19. 01-Calvin-and-Hobbes-Its-a-Magical-World-by-Bill-Watterson.jpgnever lie on your resume. If you don’t get caught in the interview – which you probably will – they will figure it out if you get hired and you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s idiotic.
  20. dress appropriately – err on the side of too conservative. Even if you’ve heard that the company’s culture is pretty laid back dress well. If you discover the company actually dresses in a suit and tie and you show up in jeans you’ve just blown the interview.
  21. name drop. When you know someone who works there and you are certain you and she have a good rapport don’t neglect to mention this fact. It’s also wise to tell your contact you are going to her company for an interview and ask her permission to mention her name.. She might say, “oh that idiot was here for an interview?” It’s best to ask her upfront if it’s okay to use her name rather than risk less than complimentary comments about you.
  22. if you forget to follow-up with a thank you email you are just one more candidate who passed through the door. Exceptional candidates are mindful of thanking people for their time. It’s classy and yes it’s a bit ass-kissing but it’s ass-kissing with a purpose. Ass-kissing for no reason is frowned upon. Here’s a good article about getting hired.
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