Job Search: Why you can't find the right job opportunity
Job Search: Why you can't find the right opportunity
The job search process can be a frustrating one. You may feel like you've been looking forever and no matter how much effort you put in, you just can't find the right opportunity. Perhaps you are applying for jobs and you are not getting any results, or you struggle to identify roles that are the right fit for what you want and your goals. Whatever your struggles, gaining clarity on the roadblocks is essential so you can move forward. Otherwise, you will stay stuck and find it very difficult to move forward in your career. There are several reasons you may not be having success in your job search. Here are some of the most common ones:
1. Your CV/resume is not up to par.
If your CV/resume is not a strong representation of your skills and experience, it's likely that you will not get called in for interviews. Make sure your resume is well-written and tailored to each position you apply for.
2. You're not networking enough.
If you're not getting in front of the right people, it will be very difficult to find a job. Get connected with people in your industry and start building relationships. Attend industry events, connect with people on LinkedIn, and make sure you are putting yourself out there. If people don’t know who you are and what you can do, you will find it increasingly difficult to secure the right opportunity.
3. You're not applying to enough jobs.
The more jobs you apply for, the better your chances of getting called in for an interview. It's important to be strategic in your job search and not just apply to any job that comes your way, but if you're not applying to enough positions, you're not giving yourself a chance to get hired.
4. You're not prepared for interviews.
If you're not taking the time to prepare for interviews, it will show. Make sure you are familiar with common interview questions and have practiced answers ready. The more prepared you are, the better your chances of impressing potential employers and landing the job.
5. You're not following up.
After an interview, it's important to follow up with a thank you note or email. This shows that you are interested in the position and willing to go the extra mile. Failing to follow up could be the reason you're not hearing back from employers.
If you're having trouble landing a job, take a step back and look at the reasons why. By addressing these issues, you can improve your chances of success in the job search process.
Sometimes, the reason you can't find the right opportunity may not be obvious. In this situation, it can be beneficial to take a step back and start with yourself. Before you embark on your journey to look for a new job or opportunity, consider what you really want from your career. Are you pursuing the path you are on because you want to or because it's convenient.
Are there specific things you are looking for in your next opportunity such as flexible working, opportunities for progression or more leadership responsibilities? It could be that the jobs you are applying for are not matching your criteria or subconsciously, the jobs you are applying for aren't really what you want.
Ask yourself what you need to feel fulfilled in your next role. When you have a good understanding of what you want, it will be much easier to identify the right opportunity when it comes along.
If you've been looking for a job for a while without any success, it can be tempting to lower your standards and apply for roles that are not a good match for your skills and experience. However, this is not a good long-term strategy. Not only are you likely to end up in a role that you're unhappy with, but it will also be difficult to break out of it and find something better.
You're going it alone
You may be happy to spend hours searching for jobs, but if you're not using the available jobs boards you are missing out. Signing up to these platforms gives you access to a much wider range of jobs, as well as the ability to filter your search so you only see the roles that are most relevant to you.
There are several general and specialist job boards available, so take some time to research which ones will be most useful for your search. For example, if you're looking for a job in a specific industry, sector or location, there are likely to be job boards that focus on these areas.
If you have been applying for jobs for a while, but you can't see results, it may be time to consider some of the strategies we have outlined in this guide.