It is very saddening that many job seekers have already given up hope about finding their dream job simply because they are convinced that there are no jobs out there. If you have a negative attitude, your job search efforts will not yield any results no matter how hard you try. Employability is all about having the right skills, a positive attitude and a great personal brand that will help you present yourself successfully throughout your career. Enhancing your employability therefore refers to your personal responsibility of increasing your chances of being employed. If you’ve been unsuccessful in landing a job for quite some time, maybe it’s time to stop and take a look at yourself. The good news is that there are many things that you can do to take control of the situation and turn things to your favor. Akhtaboot is here to highlight the top reasons why you’re still unemployed.
Your Networking Skills are Lacking
Networking is a must when it comes to job search. But many people just don’t like to network or don’t know how to do it right. Networking doesn’t only apply to business events. You need to expand your network to include professionals at varying experience levels. You can even look outside your industry for potential contacts. You never know who might have the right connections that will help you land your next job. Make sure that you always carry business cards with you.
You Have a Negative Attitude
Your attitude can make or break your job search. Whether that means you don’t put effort into your application and CV or you think that you will not find a job; this is one of the fastest ways to fail in your job search. If you convince yourself that you’re not good enough, you will not be able to sell yourself. A positive outlook doesn’t just happen. You have to create it deliberately. You can start by observing and changing your self-talk, and then you need to re-frame how you see yourself and your perceptions of past, present and future events.
You’re Not Well-Prepared
It is common knowledge that the best way to prepare for an interview is to research the company, the position and the questions that might come up. Unfortunately, due to short notice, or simply laziness, many job seekers fail to overcome the last obstacle standing between them and the job. If your goal is to be like most candidates, you may be thinking you’ll just throw on a nice outfit in the morning, be there on time, and nail it, and that’s fine. But if you want to stand out, you need to be prepared.
Your Job Title is Endangered
Niche jobs or careers that are on the verge of extinction are hard to find. But this doesn’t mean that you should lose hope. You just have to find out a way to re-brand your skills and start marketing yourself. A good way to start is to earn a certificate in a new field or even consider career change. A graduate degree can often make sense for a professional who is looking to make a career change. In this case, you would be earning the graduate degree in the field you plan to enter. While identifying the dislikes in your current career is often the easier part of this step; however, you will not know what direction to take unless you examine your likes. Research the requirements or the core competencies of the new career and then see how you can rewrite your CV to show how you are a great fit for the new field you’re entering.
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