When Your Job Search is Not Getting Results

Question: 

Why is it so hard to find a job? I've filled out so many online applications, written and edited my resume countless times, answered hundreds of interview questions, and I'm still unemployed. Job search seems like a ton of work - but where are the results for all of the effort?

Answer: 

You're right. Job search is a full-time job itself, especially if you want to do it right and get back into the workforce as quickly as possible. The more time you spend per day, the fewer days you will probably be searching, if you're like most job seekers. 

Employers are cautious; most of them have had the experience of hiring someone who looked good on paper, but didn't work out for one reason or another. Then they had to get rid of that person and start over. Hiring is expensive and time-consuming. Employers want to know all they can about you before they commit. They ask you many, many questions, each of which may have a small number of right answers and a long list of ways to go wrong. Then they still may not hire you, if you don’t seem like the perfect fit (either in terms of skills or personality.) For many jobs, they have lots of people to choose from as well; it's not unusual for 50 or more people to apply for a single opening. 

That said, there are ways to make it easier. Think seriously about what your skills are and what you want to do. Research companies that interest you. Write a resume that lists your accomplishments, not your job description, and tweak it for each new job you put it in for. Network: talk with people to find out about companies, job openings, and new career fields that might interest you. Proofread everything, and have someone else proofread it too. 

You can also check the Calendar of Events at www.frederickworks.com/events, as well as other editions of this blog, for lots of information on making the job search easier and shorter. 

Here's another important tip: Do a Professional Practice Interview! You’ll have an opportunity for free feedback on your answers to interview questions, and on the way you present yourself. Ask the staff at the American Job Center for details on how to sign up.

Additionally, a Career Specialist can discuss your specific situation with you, give you some helpful pointers and a reality check. You may even be eligible to have us pay for training for a new career. If you don’t have one, come to our Navigating Success seminar (see the calendar for days and times.)

Most of all, don’t give up. There is a place in the (work) world for you. You just have to find it.

Julie Anderson