Six Reasons Your Search Has Stalled

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If your job search has stalled, it may not be the economy or job market or the lack of new jobs in your area, profession or industry.  Entrepreneur magazine reported that companies are beginning to hire again.  Companies are hiring, but they might just not be hiring you.


An article in, “6 Subtle Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Job Hunt,” suggests that job seekers do things, consciously or subconsciously, that can turn off a prospective employer.  Or, they don’t do the things that can help them the most.


You may be spending a lot of time networking, but all your efforts may be working against you.  It’s one thing to attend a networking event, work the crowd and hand out as many business cards as you can.  You may feel good at the end of the event, but how many real connections have you made?  As the article suggests, you need to make friends--not just connections--with people at your dream company or those who have some real influence with the company’s hiring managers.  Having a prominent insider pass your resume to a manager or bring up your name in a conversation is golden.  An unsolicited recommendation is even better.


Another self-sabotage is applying for jobs you’re not qualified for.  The best way to ruin your chances is to apply for just any job at your dream company.  What’s worse is applying for several at the same time, or in quick succession.  It makes you look desperate or careless, two impressions to avoid.  You’re wasting an opportunity and the HR manager’s time.


Reading the want ads and checking career sites like Nexxt are good ways to find job leads.  But you can’t overlook a more proactive approach.  Many of the best jobs are never advertised.  They get snapped up by insiders or aggressive job seekers who let employers know what they are looking for.  Those are the jobs you learn about from friendly connections you’ve been cultivating.


How would you answer the question, “What do you do?”  Would you recite your job title or would you have a concise, compelling 30-second synopsis of what you do and the affect it has on an organization?  A memorable “elevator speech” can make a quick impression that lasts for a long time.  Spoken with poise and confidence, elevator speeches sum up what you do and the value to an organization.


Sooner or later, you’ll have to answer the dreaded question, “What are your salary expectations?”  Be careful.  You can price yourself out of a job if you don’t do your homework.  There are many sources of salary information.  Do some research.  Ask around.  Be realistic.  Consider your experience, skills, the industry and the local job market.  Sure, you want the most you can get, but it’s better to be at mid- or slightly above mid-range than at the top of the scale.  You can get top dollar, but lose out on raises or upward mobility.


Before you apply for any job, put aside the job boards and ads and put together your elevator speech.  Figure out who you are, what you have to offer, and why you want the job.  What are your “must-haves?”  The “nice-to-haves?”   What is your bottom figure?  Work out your finances, crunch some numbers and know your true salary requirements.  No sense taking a job if you can’t pay your bills or live the life you want or one you’re willing to settle for in order to get where you want to go.  Stop putting roadblocks up between you and your next dream job and start building bridges instead.


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  • Dianne B
    Dianne B
    I read the article and realize I have a lot do to in obtaining the my dream job.  Throughout my entire career, I have accepted jobs only to pay my bills and never was happy on any of them.  I blame myself for not doing a better job at getting my dream job.  Now I am ready to get started!
  • Karen S
    Karen S
    This was a great bit of information,and helps you not give up the search but move in a more positive direction.
  • Michele J
    Michele J
    Practical and common sense suggestions.  Good to remember.
  • S. Parker
    S. Parker
    Great article, sound advice.  However, when an unemployed individual is feeling desperate and scared, how do you calm down those feelings and stick to your convictions?  I have been looking for a year and am over qualified and/or at my level, they promote within.  Should I settle for a lower level job to get in the front door?
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren C.
    I did not find this article helpful. I've gotten this information from many other sources.I am in the same boat as a lot of you. I have been told I'm overqualified or not qualified enough if it is not in the science field. Then you have the issue of contract jobs which make it look like you are a job hopper even though I state it was a contract job. For those on unemployment the number of jobs you have to apply to is not necesarily 5 it depends on the area you live in, so mine is 2 a week. How can I practice any of this advice if I am not given the chance for an interview???
  • Don H
    Don H
    Great article.  Can I repost it on my blog?I will assume yes unless I hear from you
    wrong my last employer makes it a point to make it hard fo me to get back to that kind of job again.
  • John E
    John E
    pure crap, just reciting all the stuff that others have told him.
  • richard f
    richard f
    I think being over qualified and being over 50 years old does not help your chances of getting employment
  • EVA G
    EVA G
    Generally good advice, but doesn't help someone who's been out of the loop for years, is financially depleted for hundreds of thousands of medical bills.  Networking?  Ha!  MBA (not from a cow college)  Ha Ha!!Semi-disabled?  Ha Ha Ha.You haven't been much help so far.
  • Ernesto V
    Ernesto V
    Excellent advices and tips.
  • Luz R
    Luz R
    Thanks for your help however, I think the jobs that you posted are already filled. The article is helpful.
  • Michael P
    Michael P
    Not trying to be negative, but been there and done that and got nothing but one interview in three years. I'm optimistic, but they're some days I just want to throw in the towel.
  • Paul J
    Paul J
    I have been actively looking for work and I believe I am a good fit.  I am 61 years old and I feel some companies feel uncomfortable hiring older workers.  We are experienced and we are not going to not show up for work because we got drunk last night or because we are just lazy.
  • GARY M
    GARY M
    Too many variables involved in job search to determine what is working and what is not.  So a job-seeker has to know what they want.  Perseverance can be difficult because of bills and other pressures, but a person needs to be proactive and steadfast in their belief about their desired position.  Thanks for the article...It reminds me that all I can do is apply the effort and polish those efforts and accept what comes.
  • Sergio H
    Sergio H
    I feel that some of those points do not apply to me because I am in healthcare business.  It is a bit of a different approach on how these people hire.  
  • Al H
    Al H
    Job boards even beyond Thats a good name because it seems the jobs are beyond getting. Most if not all recruiters either never get back to or after you see them never let you know were you stand. I really do not know how these places make money and to be honest they are usually staffed by 20 somethings that have no clue to the creative individuals they interview. I have had more success on craigslist than any recruiter because there the need is specific not pie in the sky leads or promises. Job boards and recruiters create the impossible dream.Everyone deserves to be called back. Rudeness rules today  
  • Kenneth G
    Kenneth G
    This is all great and helpful information but it doesn't help people who are desperate and have sold off everything they have and are living off of others now.   It is sad when someone, like me, cannot even get a job at McDonalds because I am "over qualified" and would eventually go some where else, so I keep getting told.    Networking is fine but if you have no one to network with because you had to move to a completely new area you are stuck beyond stuck.   Get out there and try it and lose everything like I have and then let's see what helpful hints you have!
  • Paul K
    Paul K
    I was VERY recently told that my 28 years experience wasn't enough experience!  In other words, "you're too old".  Okay, I'm nudging the mid-50s, but I've diligently kept up with trends and tech in my field.  Still, there's the stigma that since I'm "old" I'm out of touch.  I've also been told I'm "the wrong kind of veteran". I've been honorably discharged twice, once from the Air Force, once from the Army and decorated. I've applied for jobs postings that seemed to have been straight to my resume and haven't gotten a sniff.
  • Earlene R
    Earlene R
    Nice article.
  • Lee Jo
    Lee Jo
    Fairly informative I agree it is still the economy, alot of companies are still closing.  I also read companies are looking at credit reports.  They need to look at credit scores just prior to the recession the idiots are discriminating
  • Michael H
    Michael H
    What you've written is true. I wish I was back in the day where you could show up in a shirt and tie, shake hands, and make a great first impression. Nowadays, everything is done online, and I believe that's taken a lot out of the interview process. Along with that, credit checks and background checks performed by third parties.
  • Holly F
    Holly F
    Too many people too few jobs
  •  Inge M
    Inge M
    Am also interested in the "age" issue.  Have you previous articles regarding this.  I should be creating interest but believe my age prevents me from even getting an interview.
  •  David S
    David S
    Reason #7 your job search has stalled:  There really are very few jobs or companies that are hiring. You don't fool me.

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