What are those unspoken job search issues? First let’s look at some of the more obvious reasons employers remove applicants from the hiring process. For instance, arriving late to a job interview, or arriving overtly early, is a ‘no no;’ neither of those actions will endear you to a job interviewer. Nor will cell phone use in the midst of a job interview. Or use of any type of food or drink product, unless it’s part of the job interview, like when meeting at a restaurant, a café, or a lounge of some sort, or if the interviewer or their staff offer such a product.
That’s the ‘quick list’ version of some common reasons employers remove individuals from their hiring processes. Deeper reasons exist, too, with just as deadly a job search result as those issues mentioned above, yet not as obvious to us. In fact, most readers of this article will silently believe they already have a good understanding of the general hiring process, and do a good job organizing and implementing their job search, and especially their resume and job interview techniques. As a consequence of that thinking, like U.S. Department Of Labor statistics verify, and ninety-percent of job seekers already know, but may not want to face – nine-out-of-ten job interviews do not generate a job offer! Here are two primary reasons why many job applicants find themselves on the wrong side of job offer door:
Poor resume preparation – Delivering a resume that doesn’t address specific workplace tasks and expectations of results that an individual employer prospect seeks is a waste of your time and theirs. For the most part – employers need to see that information on resumes; employers react weakly to weak resumes, and strong to resumes that express a strong understanding of the job the company is trying to fill. Employers especially do not like resumes that carry misspellings, poor punctuation, or sloppy formatting – we all know that, right? But did you thoroughly proof-read your own resume, twice or more? Nor do employers appreciate resumes that ramble on about unrelated aspects of endeavors concerning past positions; keep your resume focused on the hiring needs of the employer seated in front of you. Customize your resume for them. Let them know you customized your resume for them, as a courtesy, to match the job and to be effective when you meet together.
Poor job interview preparation – Employers really don’t appreciate it when you show up for a job interview, but failed to investigate the background, direction, hiring needs, and specific workplace requirement for the job title you seek.
Rehearse aloud your answers to specific, expected job search questions, that relate directly to the workplace skills required, and hiring needs of that particular company and the job title sought. Strive to understand the company and the job you want. And strive to understand it as well as the job interviewer does. Don’t just review your thoughts on these super important job place issues. Your possible employer has thought and written and discussed these hiring issues to the extreme. Do the same – if you really want the job. Organize lists of topics and questions that the job interviewer may ask about in your upcoming job interview; then write each question out in detail, and their respective answers, then say aloud the responses to those questions, say the words aloud to another person, to see if they make good sense of what you say. Let your answers be brief, but to the point. Then, practice, practice, practice.
Ponder the job search issues mentioned within this article, how they lurk in the ways we present ourselves as job applicants for a particular job title or to a particular employer prospect. Understand that a job seeker has to be seen as the best, most prepared, smartest applicant for a particular job title – from first contact to that all important job offer moment.
By Mark Baber
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