Looking for a job can be a full-time job in and of itself. You spend a great deal of time on the search process, applying, and interviewing.
Glassdoor produced a guide that looked at 50 HR and Recruiting Stats that detailed what drives job seekers and employers during the application and offer process, and how difficult it can be to find that perfect match.
According to their research, there is about a 2% chance one will get a call to interview for a corporate job opening.
It’s hard enough to get an interview sometimes, let alone an offer. What do you do if you keep coming up short and are unable to land interviews or get offers for your dream job?
It’s important to learn from each interview and experience. In some cases, you may already know what the problem was if you had a bad interview, if you were nervous, or if you stumbled on a few questions.
If you don’t know what the issue is, you can follow-up and ask the interviewer for feedback. The feedback (positive and negative) can be helpful in your preparation for the next opportunity. The interviewer may be able to provide feedback on your answers to their questions, if you have the right experience for the positions you’re applying for, or if you lack some form of technical skills. Whatever the reason is, if you know what the issue is, there is an opportunity to adjust and prepare for the next interview.
Keep Calm & Network
The job market is often a numbers game when it comes to applying and getting interviews. You may have years of experience along with a great education, but the phone isn’t ringing. Most employers and recruiters are reviewing dozens of resumes on a daily basis.
In order to separate yourself from the pack, take advantage of opportunities to put yourself face–to-face with people in the industry. Attend industry networking functions where you can meet prospective employers or professionals who can put you in contact with hiring managers.
Uncubed holds career events that emphasize building a community for people to learn, interact, and exchange ideas.
Networking doesn’t end once you leave an event. It continues with the sharing of ideas and information with other job seekers, fellow classmates, and other professionals you may meet. By expanding your network, you can increase your job opportunities.
Improve Your Skills
Technical skills can be a deciding factor when it comes to the job search process. Some employers may not have the time or resources to train new hires on different programming languages or software that is necessary for them to do their job.
Whether you have experience with different applications and software or just want to improve your proficiency, it would be beneficial to take a class as you’re waiting for that interview or job offer.
The Muse compiled an extensive list of free classes to help boost your skills ranging from SEO training to getting a quick review of Google Docs. This list of free online classes can be found here.
Take a Break!
You’ve applied to jobs every day. You’ve gone on several interviews. You’ve earned the right to take a break and recharge. It can get pretty stagnant as you go through your daily routine of searching jobs on LinkedIn and other job boards, applying, and hearing nothing back in return.
Relax a bit and go see that movie that just came out or catch up with a friend over lunch. Check out the free activities in your city and go to a museum or get out and exercise.
Whatever it is, once you take a few days off and recharge, you will feel better about continuing with the job search process.
Stay positive, move on, and keep trying. The right opportunity is not far away.