I was blessed to be on a podcast the other day with Adam Hommey (episode will air sometime in December) and one of the things we talked about was how I put in for over 1,000 jobs and no one would hire me. If you are in my boat let me give you a few reasons why you may not have gotten the job…
Fit – You weren’t a good fit for the company. Maybe they didn’t like the way you looked. Yes, this could be a reason sad but true. Maybe you looked like you had an attitude, or looked like you were a know it all, maybe your hair wasn’t the way they wanted it. I have heard that some employers even go by your birthday saying your sign kept you from getting the job. Crazy but that’s how the world works. Don’t be discouraged because who would want to work for a company that judged you off of how you look. That’s not the kind of place you want to work for.
Salary – So you make x amt of money now and you find a new job and ask for a few dollars more. Trust me with the volume of people looking for jobs these day, they will hire someone for 9 bucks an hour before they hire you at $12. If you know your worth keep looking until you find a company willing to pay you what you are worth. If a company will hire cheaper labor over someone who is experienced and demands the correct amt of money for their time….trust me you don’t want to work for that company.
Qualifications – Maybe you can do the job but they are looking for someone who can do the job with their eyes closed. Who knows. Sometimes the job has requirements and then when we get to the interview they ask us to do a power point presentation. Ommmm I wasn’t ready for that although I know power point I don’t really know all of the things they need me to do. (This happened to me they asked me to do things in Power Point I had never heard of before) I didn’t even bother to try. I simply told them that I knew the basics of power point and that I had not dived into the depths of it. I was up front and honest…now they did end up bringing me in for a second interview but I still didn’t get the job.
Whatever the reason stop worrying about trying to get a job. Apply and then focus on what you can be doing in the meantime.
Take a class – Skillshare, Lynda, Udemy, all places you can learn some extra skills from. Skillshare is the cheapest so find out what you need to learn from there and apply it to yourself.
Build your own hobby – My hobby was photography…I did it sparingly for fun but decided to turn it into something else which later turned into an important aspect of my job.
I applied for exactly 1,750 jobs in the past 3 years combined (I keep a count) Out of those I have had maybe 20 interviews. The jobs weren’t just here in Atlanta I applied all over the USA. I got depressed after the first year because I spent every waking moment trying to find a job. I was desperate and even put into Burger King….I lied on my resume and took my Marketing Degree off and she told me I looked like I had an education and that she would never hire me among the hoodrats that worked there….yes she called her crew hoodrats, smh. Her words were “I would never hire you, spend the time training you, while you spend your time looking for another job and could leave at any moment”
I got burned out and decided to turn my hobby into a job. I started off slow doing photography and web designs for free to build then after I got some stuff under my belt I started to charge cheaply at first then gradually increasing to my worth. If you are like me and trying to find that job or putting into job after job after job with no results…STOP and take a look at what you can be doing for yourself. My mom had a saying it’s not what you know it’s who you know. Does that stand true today?