Not Getting Hired? Here is Why and How to Change That
An inevitable aspect of the job search is not getting hired for the job you hoped for. It's not always clear why you weren't able to secure a position you felt fit your experience and skills perfectly. Knowing the reasons why you weren't hired will help you better prepare for the remainder of your job search and obtain an exceptional position. In this article, we explain why knowing the reasons you didn't get the job is important for your future job search success, the most common reasons why and what to do to fix them.
You're Not Being Proactive
Having a proactive personality is directly correlated with career success. If you are applying to jobs without following up or simply applying to too few jobs, you are missing a key piece of the job search.
Work on strengthening your proactive approach to job searching by applying to more jobs a week, actively pursuing any possible leads by reaching out after interviews and strategizing your search. Strategies include knowing what type of job you're looking for and what areas you are willing to adjust, such as salary, benefits, location and duties. It also entails knowing your strengths and weaknesses, setting time aside daily to search and apply and refining your resume. To get in front of a hiring manager, your resume needs to be written specifically to the job you are applying for.
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You're Not Showing Passion for the Position
Employers can sense if excitement for a position isn't quite there. Skills can be taught, but employers desire to see passion and enthusiasm when considering applicants.
Convey how excited you are for a position in your cover letter and during your initial interview. When you apply for a job, read through the description and research the company thoroughly. From there, you can generate a list of questions to ask the interviewer. This will show you are genuinely interested in learning more about the organization and your passion through the position can shine through.
You will also want to make a list of all the details that make you eager to work for that company and be sure to explain why you love your work and how you can be beneficial to the company's mission and objectives.
You're Underrating Your Skills
Job searching is one of the most important times to show confidence and pride in your skills, knowledge and education. If you don't demonstrate your greatest strengths and accomplishments, you may be overlooked for a role you are otherwise well-suited for.
Improve your ability to sell yourself by first understanding what your greatest strengths and accomplishments are and how they relate to the job you're applying to. Then, carefully choose the traits and achievements that show the value you bring to a company and detail them in your resume and cover letter. Echo these in your interview with a balance of pride and humility.