If you have been out of work for any type of length of time it is no secret to you how competitive the marketplace already is. There are millions of people who are out of work, some for many months or even years, and everyone is fighting for a place in a smaller job market right now. Hundreds of people may be applying for the same exact jobs that you are going after, making it even harder for you to land a spot for yourself. Even with all of that, there still may be things you are doing that are affecting your job prospects. Here are three reasons why you may be having trouble finding a job right now.
- Your Resume Needs Work – This is very often the biggest problem people have when they are applying for jobs. If you have not had to look for a job for a while, you likely have not kept up with your resume as well. You need to make sure that your resume clearly reflects all of your experience and skills so that your work stands out above that of the competition for a job. It is also important that your resume look and read like a professional document so you want to be sure it is easy to understand and without any spelling or grammar mistakes that can make it look like you do not care a great deal about your resume.
- You're Not Job Hunting Correctly – It is important that as soon as you see a job you have interest in that you apply for it. With so many people looking for work, those doing the hiring for any company often receive more than enough resumes to choose from within the first day or two of posting the position on a job site. Waiting around a few days is only going to serve to eliminate you from the competition for the position. Check job posting sites a few times a day to see if anything new comes up and have your resume and application in as soon as possible.
- You're Not Branching Out – If you are only looking on one job posting site every day for work, the odds of you finding a job for yourself are going to be slim. You need to take advantage of all of the resources that are out there for you. Check multiple job sites, local newspapers, job fairs in your area, local government offices for postings and network among friends and colleagues to learn of openings. All of these areas can open up job possibilities for you.
You need to take a close look at the processes you are using and the steps you are taking in your approach to finding a job and see what needs to be altered so you can have a stronger reach into the job market. When you make the appropriate changes, you may find that your fortunes begin to change and you get more opportunities for yourself for possible jobs.