By Susan K. Maciak, lead consultant, CAMEO Career & Corporate Consulting LLC
The job market took a turn for the better this year, but what about your personal employment status? If you’re still wondering, “Why can’t I find a job?” here are five reasons that you may still be out of luck:
- Your skills need updating. Computer skills, both online and offline, separate contenders from the viable job candidates today. Check out your local library. It’s a good place to learn and practice using a computer. Research other skills you may need for the job you want and learn them.
- Your resume is constantly overlooked because it doesn’t make you stand out from the crowd. If you’re not sure what makes you special in your role at work, ask a former supervisor to help you out. Ask him/her: “What skills and abilities did you especially appreciate when I worked for you?” Then, revise your resume, highlighting those attributes.
- You may need practice answering questions to shore up your interview skills. Enlist a friend or family member to grill you on everything you’ve bragged about on your resume. Better yet, request an interview practice session with a local human resource manager.
- You’re not dressed professionally – for the position you want. Don’t guess. Make a phone call to the company and ask what kind of attire is expected of you when you interview for a job there.
- If your skills are current, your resume a knock-out, your interviewing answers short and to the point – and you’re dressed just right – maybe, you forgot to say ‘thank you’ or didn’t tell your interview team what you would bring to their company.
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