No matter what your unique circumstances are, it’s guaranteed that you will encounter at least some adversity during your job search. How you react to unfortunate timing, financial pressures and emotional stress will ultimately be up to you. However, the frustration caused by traditional job searching techniques affects everyone (yes everyone!) who uses them.
Based on the conversations I have each day with clients located all across the country, here are the 10 most common job seeker frustrations, as well as some insights and suggestions for avoiding them. How many can you relate to?
10) Engaging outplacement assistance and realizing these firms add little to no value.
Many outplacement firms move at a snail’s pace, improperly label resume writers and recruiters as job search coaches, lack accountability, and offer pathetically basic tactical support. In fact, it often appears that their true specialty is nothing more than collecting money on corporate contracts.
9) Reading conflicting job search advice from so-called "experts" on the Internet.
Writers, by definition, must write. However, generating traffic and reader engagement is a much different agenda than being accountable to clients who expect your claims to actually work. Take all the inspirational fluff and quick tips with a grain of salt. People will say anything to sell, but few can back it up.
8) Getting LinkedIn profile views, but few connection requests or messages.
It can sometimes be a mystery why someone chooses to view your LinkedIn profile. If they're interested in recruiting you, they will. Otherwise, pay them no attention. Time is your most precious resource, and sending follow-up messages to these people is a drain on your productivity.
7) Being interviewed by someone who appears to know less about the company than you do.
Many recruiters lack the functional knowledge to engage in an intelligent conversation, yet they are empowered to filter you out. On the other hand, hiring managers are knowledgeable and can create a position if they believe you can help them. Targeting the latter is the way to get results.
6) Updating your resume multiple times, but getting the same poor results.
Know this: there is no such thing as a perfect resume. But, the vast majority of resumes are boring, focus too much on experience and are littered with formatting, spelling and grammar errors. Put even an average resume in front of 100 hiring managers a day, without begging for a job, and you’ll be amazed at what happens.
5) Paying for a professionally written resume and still getting the same poor results.
Most resume writers have solid formatting knowledge and may even have some formal design training. But, many lack the business savvy, creative writing skills and tactical knowledge to deliver an end-to-end solution that gets verifiable results. Just remember: certifications don’t necessarily indicate quality!
4) Spending countless hours submitting online job applications into the "black hole."
More often than not, job seekers are competing against hundreds of equally qualified applicants. Odds are, regardless of your capabilities, you'll be filtered our based on keywords, work gaps and geographic proximity. It's not fair, but that's the game you're playing when you "click and pray".
3) Getting compliments from those you interviewed with, but never hearing back from them.
There are few, if any, employers that would tell you how weak your interviewing skills are. In fact, most job seekers don’t know how bad their communications skills truly are, and so they often assume that they’re just extraordinarily unlucky. The right coach, however, can teach you what you don't know.
2) Receiving little or no feedback for why you didn't receive an offer.
Recruiters and HR professionals are notoriously bad at follow-up. Recruiters are focused on earning commissions and following-up eats into their productivity. HR professionals don’t want to invite a lawsuit by telling job seekers why they were passed over. Learn from their approach and spend zero time on individuals who aren't genuinely interested in you.
1) Earning an offer that’s way below your fair market value.
It's a competitive market, and you may have to accept less now to get where you want to be in 3 years. However, if you engage with the right people in the right way, you can then talk compensation only after you've communicated your business value. Then, and only then, are you in a leveraged position.
It’s time to start working smarter!
It's only natural to get frustrated when things don't go your way. However, your reaction to adversity is what really counts. You can continue to do the same things and get similar results, or you can adapt, work smarter and take control of your own destiny. The difference between these two approaches can be astounding, and the MeetYourGig.com team can help you experience it. Let’s get started!
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