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If no one will hire you create your own job

November 7, 2016

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?

If no one will hire you create your own job

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    Yum Yucky
    November 7, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    My mother in law had a really hard time finding a new job after she got laid off. When she was finally promised a job, she went in to meet in person, (after 3 successful phones interviews). That’s when they suddenly changed their mind and rescinded. Ugggh! She did finally find a new job after over year of applying.

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    November 8, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    People don’t realize how hard it is to find a job once you don’t have one, my husband once took a year and a half to find a new position. I agree though, keep piling on those skills and do whatever you need to do.

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    November 9, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I LOVE this!! Taking life into your own hands is SUCH a great way to go! You are in control and you can do anything you want! Thank you so much for this reminder!

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    Sarah Bailey
    November 9, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    It seems like it is getting harder and harder to get a job these days, espechially when you have been out of work for a while.I love the idea of making your own, there is so many talented people out there who could do wonders being self employed.

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    November 9, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    This is so true. I currently work from home as an independent contractor, and even those gigs are hard to get. I’ve been a writer for years. It was a hobby. Now I have to make it my bread and butter. Doesn’t hurt that I love to do it. 🙂

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    Cynthia Nicoletti
    November 9, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I have to say this sounds like me although I never had a problem finding a job. Throughout the years I always (made) and successfully had businesses from home. Great post and tips on how to start.

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    November 9, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    There is a lot of great info here. I have not had a real outside of the home job in almost a decade and the thought of it is scary!

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    November 9, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    I completely agree with your mom! Often times it is all about who you know. If you know someone in the industry you are more likely to get the job.

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    Pam Wattenbarger
    November 9, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    It can be hard to find a job these days. I broke into blogging because my hobby was writing. It has been good for me so far.

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    November 9, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I never really thought about creating my own job, but this makes me want to go out there and learn what I can to add my skills on the table.

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    Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.com
    November 9, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Great post! I defiantly agree that you should create your own opportunity when the opportunity is not there. Even if it’s not full-time you should do something part-time that makes your happy and doesnt feel like work.

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    Heather @ Country Life, City Wife
    November 10, 2016 at 2:39 am

    It is a blessing and a curse not to have a job. I applaud you for doing something about it and making the best out of the circumstances you had.

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    Maureen @Scoops of Joy
    November 10, 2016 at 3:20 am

    Your post hits home for me! I too struggled to find a job here as executive assistant with my experiences and all that. Finally, I realized my dream isn’t being someone’s assitant for the rest of my life and I am changing my course by following my dreams to become a writer and full time blogger. Thank you for sharing this! Bravo to you!

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    November 10, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    This is kind of how I started my own business. I was laid off from my previous job and looked around for a while for another one, with no luck! I then decided to try on my own and voila! I couldn’t be happier!

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    Kendall Rayburn
    November 10, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Great post! Finding work can be so hard these days, especially in the Detroit area. I know a lot of people who are really struggling, :(.

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    Emma Spellman
    November 10, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    You are an amazing woman Kita! I think the fact that you were turned down on so many jobs is because this is what you are meant to be doing. I never thought I could be turned down for my birthday sign that is incredible!

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    November 11, 2016 at 4:42 am

    This is a great post, in theory. I would love to create my own job…if only it would pay as much as my current job.

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    Bonnie @wemake7
    November 12, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Great post! I have never thought about just creating my own. I’ll have to start thinking differently.

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    christina aliperti
    November 15, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I love this! There are ways we can create our own jobs. It still bothers me though, that someone wouldn’t get hired because of their looks.

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    November 18, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Yes! These are such great tips. I became an entrepreneur when I was laid off and my daughter was 1. I didn’t want to go back into the corporate world. One of the best things to ever happen to me.

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