10 Reasons Your Job Hunt May Last Too Long


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I came across information about a book by Tony Beshara, The Job Search Solution: The Ultimate System for Finding a Great Job Now! While the book came out in 2006, I thought several of the main points suggesting why you may be having trouble with your job search are relevant for job seekers today. (Points are from Beshara’s book, commentary is my own.)

1. You’re not making finding a job a job itself. Focus, schedule your time and make a committment to finding a job. It isn’t going to just happen on its own.

2. You haven’t developed a system of finding a job. Set goals. Make plans. Follow through. Network.

3. You have an unrealistic idea about the market for your skills. Recognize that there is no perfect job.

4. You aren’t acknowledging the psychological and emotional stress that changing jobs entails. Looking for work can be stressful. Seek support from friends, family or a group. Consider hiring a career coach to guide you šŸ™‚

5. You ignore small businesses. Most people work for small companies. Don’t overlook these potential employers.

6. You don’t recognize the importance of the face-to-face interview. A great resume will get you an interview, but the interview is what will get you the job.

7. You don’t prepare well for interviews. This is a big problem for job seekers and employers. Be prepared and don’t waste an opportunity in front of a decision maker.

8. You’re not selling yourself. It is up to you to let the employer know why you are the one for the job.

9. You have the attitude, “What can you do for me?” Develop your “hire me” strategy around the employer’s needs. They don’t really care what you want them to do for you – explain what you offer the employer for results.

10. You give poor reasons for leaving your job. Be positive and honest, but don’t dwell on the past. Emphasize your future plans as they relate to the potential employer.

If your job hunt is going on too long, consider seeking help. A professionally written resume will save you time and money. Keppie Careers is here to help! www.keppiecareers.com

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2 Responses to “10 Reasons Your Job Hunt May Last Too Long”


  1. 1 David July 22, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Great, except #s 8 is somewhat demeaning. “Selling yourself”? While you must advertise your skills to employers to peak their interest, “selling yourself” gives the impression that you’re recommending people to not negotiate with prospective employers, even though ethically they are both equal parties worthy of respect. The employer may have the money, but the worker has the service. Best to ditch “selling yourself” with “Promoting yourself”. As much as one may want a job, I don’t think a job should come first before their soul.

  2. 2 Miriam Salpeter July 22, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    David,
    Thanks for your comment. I disagree with your assessment that selling yourself and your skills suggests that job seekers NOT negotiate. Semantics aside, if you refer to it as selling or “promoting,” it’s the job seeker’s responsibility to let the hiring manager know why he or she is best for the job.


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