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Didn’t get the Job? Here are a Few Reasons Why…

September 24th, 2012

You’ve sent out hundreds of resumes only to receive a handful of responses (and perhaps that’s being generous in today’s job market). Of those responses, only a few of them have netted actual interviews. Unfortunately, you still don’t have the job you want and need so much.

At this point, you may be starting to think that something must be wrong with you. If you’re like many people in the job market today, you’d probably give almost anything to be a fly on the wall when decisions about whom to hire—or even interview—are being made. Here are a few of the top reasons that interviews aren’t granted and you’re not being hired by ‘XYZ Corporation’ even though you feel you’re a perfect match for the position being offered.

Your Resume didn’t Make the Cut

Most companies have multiple step processes that help them eliminate candidates, through their resumes, who won’t be a good match for the corporate environment quickly and efficiently. This process isn’t perfect and more than a few excellent candidates have fallen through the cracks.

How do you avoid this particular problem? Consider hiring a resume service to write your resume for you. Professional resume writers are able to craft a resume that will make it past the three or four-step process so that your resume is on top of the “to be interviewed” pile. The rest, of course, is up to you.

You Haven’t Made Your Case as to Why You’re a Good fit for the Job

While you might believe you’re the ideal candidate for the job being offered, you must be able to convince the person doing the hiring that this is the case. Let them know why you would be a better match than the hundred or so other people applying for the job.

What relevant skills, talents, and techniques do you have that will benefit the hiring company? More specifically, how will you put those talents, techniques, and skills to work should they decide to employ you? You really do have to sell yourself as a perfect match for the position. Hiring managers and HR staff members aren’t going to come to that conclusion on their own. You have to spell it out for them.

You Haven’t Shown them what You’ve Got

It’s one thing to let them know that you’ve had a job in the past. It’s something else entirely to pain them a picture of your accomplishments within that role in the past. What did you accomplish? Which awards did you earn? What projects were you part of and how critical were you to the success of that project? Once again, you have to sell yourself in order for them to see your worth. Of course, you must always remember to keep it honest. If you have to make things up to make yourself seem like a good match for the job, then perhaps you really aren’t that much of a match for this position and you’d be better served finding a more suitable role for yourself in a different company.

It would be nice if you could get the job you want each and every time you apply. However, understanding why you haven’t been having the success in the job search you envisioned can help you turn things around for more successful job search results.

Get out of your job search rut by checking out the career opportunities in Westchester, NY and Fairfield, CT on the Concorde Personnel job boards today! Remember that there are many excellent temporary contract assignments that can help you get your foot in the door with a better full time job.

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How to Snag a Job When You Lack Experience

September 12th, 2012

Getting a job today seems to be a little tougher than it has been in the past for many people—especially those without experience. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t good jobs available, even for people who do not have the normally required experience. You just have to know how to play up your strengths and get a little help finding the right places to look for these elusive positions. Here are a few tips to aid you in your search.

Tweak Your Resume

Your resume shouldn’t be a dry recital of the jobs you’ve had and their duties and responsibilities. Shake things up and focus instead on the skills you developed in the course of your education and previous employment. You might want to try new categories and headings.

Instead of two categories defining education and experience separately, consider combining the two as something along the lines of professional and educational accomplishments, achievements, qualifications, or even experience. Find one that works for you and use that instead. Use this category to play up your skills rather than to showcase your inexperience.

Volunteer

This is a long-term solution to help you gain important experience in your field but it is a solution to consider. There are tons of volunteer opportunities that will help you develop real skills that are useful in almost any career out there. It’s especially wise to begin volunteering in positions that could further your career goals and enhance your resume. The sooner you begin, the faster you’ll be able to reap the rewards of your dedication and service to others.

Work as an Intern

While it doesn’t exactly pay the bills, internships provide invaluable career experience and can provide an entrance into permanent employment with a company. Most of the time this is done as a student but some companies accept new or recent grads for internships as well. The bottom line is that this is a way to get the experience you need.

Consider being a Temp Worker

Temporary workers receive a fast education in a wide range of fields. They develop a few basic skills and build on them as the requirements of new jobs demand. You can often find temporary work available in chosen professions if you go through a temporary placement service. You may even find a temp-to-permanent position available with the company you’d ultimately like to work for.

Experience is important in the eyes of many employers. However, there are many things in life that provide experience outside the work place. Sometimes you have to make your own experience and other times you just need to learn how to showcase the actual experience you have in a way that employers can understand.

It is possible to land a job, even if you have limited experience. Consider the advantages of working closely with a staffing agency like Concorde Personnel to help you find entry level and contract work assignments to earn that experience along the way.

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