You’re looking for employment. You’ve searched the job boards, sent out resumes and even gone to interviews, but you haven’t had ANY luck. Why is finding a job so hard?
If this sounds like your job-hunting experience, don’t worry. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s what you need to know.
Why Finding a Job Seems So Hard
You’re Not a Job-Hunting Expert
In theory, job searching seems simple enough. Write a resume, send it out, get an interview, impress the hiring manager and land the position. Done. Only, as you’ve discovered the process isn’t that straightforward. For example, today, most companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to pre-sort applications. If you fail to format your resume correctly, it probably won’t get past the computer. There’s also a science to crafting cover letters, answering interview questions, and even sending Thank You notes.
You’re Searching Alone
According to some estimates, “anywhere from half to upwards of 80% of jobs are filled through networking.” If you think about it, this makes sense. After all, it’s easier for a company to learn more about a referral than some who just walked in off the street.
Rejection Is Tough
Most people will hear the word NO at least once, if not multiple times, throughout their employment search. And that NO hurts. In fact, rejection not only leads to emotional distress but also damages our overall wellbeing. Studies show rejection causes physical pain, destroys self-esteem, and even temporarily lowers our IQ. So, if an unsuccessful job hunt seems demoralizing, that’s because it is.
How to Make Your Job Search Easier
Do Some Research
A little bit of research and planning can make your job hunt significantly more effective. There’s loads of information available online. Or check out some of our favorite posts.
- 8 Tips to Make Your Job-Hunting Efforts Worth It
- 5 of the Best-Kept Secrets When It Comes to Resume Writing
- 3 Questions You’ll Always Be Asked in an Interview & How to Respond
Use Your Network
If you’re job hunting, being a do-it-yourselfer puts you at a disadvantage. Therefore, tell your friends, your family, your acquaintances and your social media connections you are looking for work. You never know who might be able to open the door to an opportunity.
Call a Staffing Firm
Staffing firms always need people to fill full-time, permanent positions. And since recruiters work in the hiring business day in and day out, they are job-hunting experts. They can guide you through the process, provide insights and advice and, of course, offer ongoing support. So instead of running a painful employment search on your own, you’ll have a professional by your side.
Are You Having Trouble Landing a Job?
If you’re ready to get to work, the expert recruiters at FirstStaff can help. We place light industrial workers, administrative and office staff and other professionals in Little Rock, Arkansas and beyond. Learn more about our hiring process today!