Why finding a Job is so difficult?
Updated: Apr 24
You may face several challenges while searching for the work. However, you can always optimise your job search and find success. In this article we will discuss why finding a job can be difficult and how to improve your chances.
So following are the reasons why finding a Job might be difficult and how you can address them.
Companies may hire internally.
Many job opportunities are not for external applicants. Hiring an employee is cost to the company. The training, on-boarding, induction hence, hiring company may look for a candidate they already know. External candidate must be able to make a strong first impression in order to be given equal consideration.
Many jobs are not publicly posted.
Many of the job openings might not appear on the public job boards. These positions are generally filled by the recruiters or employee recommendations. You need to broaden the methods to find the job and uncover large number of positions. You may stay in contact with the recruiters you believe. Develop connections through LinkedIn that really helps. Sometimes, there is no one who can recommend you. So as soon as you join a company, apart from work you need to develop good contacts. Not just for the sake of recommending you elsewhere, but contacts happen through more contacts, you develop a good learning habit and also you all can be helpful when it comes to recommendation undoubtedly.
Positions are highly competitive.
A single job posting can see hundreds of applicants. For an application to be successful, it must draw an attention. There is a limitation by which an employer devotes the time to reading over application materials. Submitting a distinct strong resume can pitch in the employer’s interest.
No actual job creation across the Industries.
Since we all are facing the consequences of Pandemic, you all know that there might not be new hirings also there may be layoffs. Situation has been worsen, but no job creation was there since a year in India. Economy was slow and it was showing its effect on jobs. When there is no job only, how can one apply and go for the same. In this case, you have to move away from the industry not hiring and apply in those who are hiring. Slight change in career might be a need of an hour and don’t worry, this will not have an adverse effect.
Understanding what obstacles you are facing in getting a job is the first step in resolving them.
1. Keep your resume updated and tailored to the position.
It should be well organised, simple and readable. Wordings in the resume should be content and straightforward (remember they might not have time to go through the paragraphs and details). Customize each application to match the desired skills. Many employees and recruiters use Application Tracking system which searches the key words for job posting. Change the skills section in your resume to reflect key words from the job posting.
2. Expand your connections:
Who you know plays a crucial role in finding great opportunities. LinkedIn., Job fairs, networkings are good ideas to meet different people from the Industry. Expanding your network, will help you get your job. Ask friends and families if they know about any hiring opportunities. Connect with an established person in an Industry and ask them meaningful questions. Start talking about what you know what is your area of work. How interestingly you present yourself, is very important in this. Why should i take interest in you? Resume is a piece of paper to show your outline, but while networking, it is only your personality that will get you a good correspondence.
3. Followup with potential employers:
Following up sometimes seems to be irritating for the hiring manager, but it is also necessary to keep the conversation alive. This might also create an impression that you are interested and careful of the opportunity. This also keeps you on top radar, This is also necessary for the next phase of hiring process.
Follow-up one to two weeks after applying. This can prompt a manager to look for your resume among other applications. Sending a thankyou email after every conversation is a professional etiquette.
Be very mindful of the employers timeline when you followup. Sometimes they miss out to reply within the given timeline, It is infact better to wait for two-three business daysbefore you follow-up because you never know they might be stuck up in something, this shows your patience and concern for their work.