Researched companies you’d love to work for? Check.
Submitted job applications to these places? Check.
Aced your interviews? Check.
Landed job offers? …NOPE.
If you’ve been applying for jobs and getting back a silent yet deafening “NOPE!” from every one of them, think of it as an opportunity for improvement. It is not confirmation that you are unfit for the working world – that conclusion would be 100% untrue and 0% productive.
Here are five questions that can help you readjust your job search strategy and move forward with more of your job applications:
How does your resume stack up against the competition?
If recruiters can’t get a clear sense of your background and skills from your resume, it will not get a second look. Recruiters would rather look at the next resume than give you the benefit of the doubt. (Sad but true.)
Is it possible to get connected to someone within the company?
If you aren’t hearing anything back from employers when you submit your application, getting an “in” from within can be a total game-changer. Recruiters love internal referrals so your chances improve dramatically if you can connect with someone at the company you’re interested in.
Not sure how to do this? In this comprehensive guide, I break down exactly how to network on LinkedIn for introductions that can lead to your next job offer.
Did you leave a strong impression on your interviewers?
Hearing back from employers but not getting far in the interview process? Interviewing is a skill that takes hours and hours practice to build and improve.
If your interviews are falling flat, review my detailed guide on interviewing – it’s full of resources to ace your next interview.
Have you established that you are a fit for the role?
Remember, the recruiter knows more about the position than you do. They know which skills and experience their company needs most at the moment.
Know the job description like the back of your hand and be able to offer talking points for each responsibility of the position, especially if it may not be obvious from your experience. Ask the right questions as early on the interview process as possible to zero in on what they’re looking for so you can tailor your candidacy accordingly and reinforce what they want to hear.
Are nerves and burnout getting the best of you?
The job search can be a slog and it’s easy to start second-guessing yourself, especially off the heels of recent disappointing interview processes or dealing the echo chamber of no-responses.
As tempting as it is to put pressure on yourself to GET THE OFFER, staying cool and collected is critical. Same goes for taking the time to personalize each application, even if it’s your 100th one.
The job hunt is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes training and persistence, but you can cross the finish line if you put your mind to it.
If you’re still at a loss on what’s going on, you’re not the only one struggling to crack the code. Sometimes the job search can be a coldly impersonal experience worthy of a Werner Herzog documentary.
Every company’s hiring process is different. Some work like well-oiled machines, others are more of the excruciatingly slow variety. Pay attention to red flags – not every employer is great and you might be better off without them in the long run.
As much as rejections can bruise the ego, the likelihood of converting every single job application into an offer is extremely unlikely. Once you get your foot in the door with an interview, the odds of getting a job offer are much higher (which is why investing in a resume is essential) but not a given.
At the end of the day, internal happenings at a company determine their hiring decisions. As an employee, I’ve witnessed perfectly qualified candidates turned away from my companies for reasons that have nothing to do with them (a hire from within the company, reorganization, budget, etc.)
Don’t get hung up on a particular job – even if it’s your dream job. The job search is often a numbers game and the best part is that you only need ONE job offer to change your entire outlook and the course of your career.