Are you still unemployed? Here’s probably why . . .

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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