Top 5 Reasons Why You Did Not Land the JobCareers Plus Resumes
- Are you being badmouthed by your previous employer? This one is pretty critical, seeing as you will almost always be required to provide previous job references during or after an interview. It is sort of a double-edged sword sometimes for many job seekers since references are important, but you never know what they are going to say about you during a private conversation with another potential employer. Key bit of advice, always try to leave on good terms no matter what. Many good candidates have lost good job offers due to negative comments from previous employers, even if they thought they would have been a good reference.
- Did your interview not go as planned? You were excited about the phone calls and emails you received to schedule interviews, but forgot one important step. Practice! Yes, practice interviewing. Rehearsal is paramount to successful interviews. You can do this with a colleague or family member, or even with yourself in the mirror. Think about questions the interviewer might ask, and practice answering those questions over and over again. Identify your own shortcomings in performance or abilities, and memorize responses (solutions) to those objections. For example, a shortcoming you may have is being less tech-savvy than most, but you can make up for that by being a quick learner and dedicated to acquiring those skills. Be prepared before the interview for these types of questions. A lot of candidates fail at the interview even with a good resume.
- Were you a victim of discrimination and wrongful termination? Believe it or not, this happens, quite a bit, and for various reasons. Whether it be race, religion, national origin, political opinions, or other personal differences that some employers cannot seem to separate from the workplace, people are wrongfully terminated for various reasons. Some are very difficult to prove in the court of law and there is not always justice. If this happened to you, it could be happening again and there are steps you can take to protect your career.
- Is your previous employer honoring the separation agreement? This can work for you or against you depending on the circumstances. Basically, if you are protected by your old company’s policy to only confirm the dates and title of employment (that you just worked there), and they do not honor this agreement by speaking their opinions of you that may have a negative impact, this could be why you didn’t land the job after the interview. Another situation is where the previous employer agreed to give a good reference, but instead only confirms that you worked there. Even these minor mishaps and violations of company policy can backfire on you.
- Did you put enough effort into your resume? This is one of the most overlooked steps of a career change, and obviously the first step. Most employers require a resume so they can screen a candidate before scheduling an interview. Some of the things they check for are relevant skills, accomplishments, and abilities. However, there are deeper skepticisms by employers while reviewing a candidate’s resume that are not so obvious. They can determine skills such as attention to detail, organization, intelligence, communication, and desire to obtain the position just by looking at your resume alone. If you repeat content too many times, do not organize sections properly, misspell a lot of words, make a lot of punctuation errors, and/or don’t have a clearly focused (targeted) resume, they are able to determine all of the aforementioned skills very easily. That’s why it may be beneficial to hire a professional resume writer and make sure things are done correctly, the first time, so you don’t miss any opportunities for that perfect job.