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Why you may not be getting that job

According to the news, there are many jobs available in different industries.  If you are a current job seeker who is struggling to find a position, here are some things that may be getting you blocked and ways to navigate the process differently.

  • Software is blocking your resume from human eyes. Applicant tracking systems are being used by many companies regardless of size. Some aspects of how these will interpret your resume you can't necessarily anticipate, but some are obvious. The biggest key is to read the job description carefully and use as many similar words as possible in your resume. This is especially important with technical skills and certifications/licensures.
  • Submitting your resume online is only one approach. If you are relying on your resume to be the only form of communication you use to initiate contact with employers, you are missing important job search activities. Email and/or call the HR department to confirm your resume was received and explain your interest in the position. Do you know the name of the hiring manager? Communicate via email to them and sell yourself - remember to attach the resume you submitted online too.
  • Let people know you are looking. You don't need to necessarily post on your LinkedIn profile that you are searching, but you definitely should message people in your network that could lead you to your next career opportunity. Don't forget to let your family and friends know that you are searching - never know who knows someone who can assist you.
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