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Are you currently looking for a job and finding it tough to secure a job interview? Or finding it tough to find vacancies full stop? The job market is so competitive that finding the right position and getting an employer to notice your resume is becoming increasingly difficult. If you’re wondering why your job search isn’t going to plan here are five reasons why it might be failing and some tips on how to revive it:

Your Resume

If you are not receiving much response to your resume or have not been invited to a job interview then the first thing you need to assess is your resume writing. Re-read your resume – does your personal statement reflect your current expertise and offering? Does the career objective demonstrate how passionate you are about the industry? Does your work experience reflect your expertise? When applying for a job you should always try to personalise your resume to the role as the employer reading it will want to know what you can bring to their organisation and how you could fit in with their team.

Tip: Change your resume every time you apply for a job. Visit the website of the company you are applying to and make some notes on the company’s goals. Next, read the job description and identify the key skills needed to fulfil the role. With this information you can begin to tailor your resume writing to the job role – by highlighting your key skills and work experience that you think the employer will find of interest.

You’re Ignoring Social Media

Social media is used by companies all over the country. Social media is used by companies to share company news, publicise a brand or product and companies also use it to look for potential candidates. A lot of companies use their social media pages to advertise job vacancies so if you are ignoring social media you could be missing out on a lot of work opportunities.

Tip: If you haven’t got a social media profile consider setting one up especially on sites like Twitter and Linked In which a lot of companies use. Create your profile and include links to any online work, like a career portfolio or blog, and get involved in conversation. Updating your profile with industry news, talking to potential industry contacts and following companies you are interested in working for are all ways you can improve your job search.

Avoiding Networking Events

Networking events happen up and down the country and can provide a great opportunity to meet contacts and publicise your experience. If you’re not attending these events you could be missing out on a chance to have your resume read by a potential employer.

Tip: Find out about industry networking events and career events in your area. Print off copies of your resume, dress smart and attend these events. You never know, you may meet a valuable industry contact or you may even find out about work opportunities.

Cover Letter

Cover letters are a great addition to a resume as they can introduce your resume content and reiterate to an employer why they should hire you. If you’re missing a cover letter in your job application then an employer may find other resumes and cover letters more appealing.

Tip: You should create a cover letter every time you apply for a job. Find out the name of the hiring manager to personalise your cover letter and refer to the job role to include key information about yourself. A cover letter shouldn’t repeat your resume writing but it should outline your key skills and experience and draw attention to them on your resume and it should enhance the content by further explaining why you are the right candidate for the job. Use your cover letter to tell an employer why you want to work for them and why you think you are the right person for the job.

Not Updating Your Job Search

If you’re looking for employment, job searching is constant. But if you’re sending out your resume only once or twice a month (when you see a particular job vacancy) then you are massively hindering your chances of finding employment.

Tip: Keep updated with job news and local vacancies by reading industry publications and your local newspaper. Many of these will post job vacancies so it’s crucial you read them regularly. Keep up to date with online vacancies too by regularly logging into your social media profiles and by checking the websites of companies you would like to work for. By keeping up to date with vacancies you’ll probably find more of them to apply for. You should apply to every job role that is relevant to your experience and career development plan. The more vacancies you apply for, the more chance you have of hearing back from an employer.

Happy job hunting!

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