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10 Reasons you’re not getting the job…

This year is winding down. Luckily the job market thriving. But have you entered dozens of applications to only receive the dreaded, “Thank you for replying,” email?  In order to help you give your best and land the job I compiled a list of 10 reasons why you’re being turned down if you’ve been on the job hunt for a while. If you are currently job hunting, I know it’s no cake walk and this post is not to poke fun.

This list is not to bash nor discourage you but to help you realize some areas of an improvement that could make a big difference in you being offered a job instead of a parting email. I’m guilty of all ten but once I removed the detractors landing job offers became a breeze.
Here are 10 reasons why you’re not getting the job…

#1 Poorly written resume. 

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#2 Showing up late for an interview. 

15 minutes early minimum. If you must arrived late contact the interviewer as soon as possible and make them aware of the delay.

#3 Dressed inappropriately.

If your serious about the job this shouldn’t be a hard one to get right. If you are on a tight budget Goodwill always has dress clothes absolve to men and women at affordable prices. You could also check out thrift stores in your local area. Here are my suggestions for interview looks.

#4 Poor communication. 

Remember that communication is verbal and non-verbal.
#5 Be careful not to over prepare. 

Sometimes recruiters can interpret over confidence as you not having the ability to work well with others. If you are applying for a management role by all means bring it. If you are applying for a team oriented role make sure that you convey that your confidence will add to the collective overall and you don’t plan on letting your ego in the way.
#6 Knowing nothing about the company.

Please at least research the company’s goals and values. Don’t go to the interview clueless at to who you’re interviewing for. Company’s websites are great resources. Also I recommend

Try to know at least three things about the company such as where are headquarters located, founder name, and date the company was funded. I’ve only been ask about a company once during an interview. It is a rare question but it can come up. It’s always better to be prepared.

#7 Asking only about salary during the hiring process. 

Recruiters will tell you how much the role is offering so there is no need to bring it up. You will also get the chance to negotiate once the initial offer is made. The time for salary talk is doing the job offer negotiation. Make sure that you always do a counter above what they’re offering. If you are top talent or your job needs to be filled quickly the negotiation process will be seamless.

At the end of the interview do not discuss compensation. Everyone knows why you’re there and you will have a chance to negotiate your salary once you ar offered the position. The interview will ask you if you have further questions and leave asking about the salary out. Here are three other suggestions of questions you can ask the interviewer:

Question #1: What ideal candidate are you looking for? ( A sneaky way to find out if you were the best fit.)

Question #2: When could I expect to hear from someone regarding the position? ( This will show you are serious about obtaining the position.)

Question #3: What is the most challenging part of “insert position”?

#8 Bad mouthing previous employers. 

Keep it vague, honest, and professional. For example, “There was a lack of leadership but it taught me to hold myself accountable. That’s why I’m looking for a role here because this company is now for its strong leadership.”

#9 Leaving your cell phone on during an interview.  

Make it habit to turn your cell phone off prior to an interview. If you are experiencing an emergency let the interviewer know early in you left your cell phone on vibrate due to your circumstances. However if something comes up that could impact your performance contact the interviewer as early as possible.

#10 No follow up. 

For corporate positions you can follow up a few days later with the recruiter. If you’re applying for a position that has in house hiring, go in person to follow up on your application. Try not to call, it is better to handle this face to face and you could be offered the job on the spot.

Use this as a guideline and land the job! Stop spinning your wheels and adopt a strategy that will help you go from job seeker to employed. You got this!

Lets continue you this conversation in the comments. Do you have tips to share that have helped you land jobs in the past? Share them! If you have a friend that could use a little help with their job hunt share this.


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