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How to Learn from Being Rejected | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

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EP 1310 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to use these ideas to learn from being turned down for a job.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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How Should I Respond to An Email Rejection From a Company I Didn’t Interview With? | JobSearchTV.com


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It took me a little while to realize that there might be two circumstances where this person might have thought they had not been interviewed and was rejected.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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We’ll Keep Your Resume on File? Does It Mean Anything? | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answer someone’s question about whether “We’ll keep your resume on file,” means anything.

Summary

Does "We'll keep your resume on file," mean anything?

If you could see me, you'll know I am not 21 anymore. I will simply say that when I was 21 and I would mail out resumes to employers, I would get the form letter back that said, "we will keep your resume on file," it meant absolutely nothing because when a new position opened up, do you really think that they ran to the file cabinet to look to see if they had any resumes that were suitable? As a matter of fact, does anyone have a file cabinet anymore for anything other than storing bills and hiding stuff?

At the end of the day in The Stone Ages, it meant nothing. Database times are little bit different.

Some firms are just too busy to do anything more than input into their system so that they can deal with government reporting. However, a lot of firms input into the database (they are "file" as you will) and the times when new positions open up, they're doing searches to identify people that they have had some contact with. Those can be individuals who may have interviewed well with that they never interviewed. They have them in the database now and, as a result, they have the option to which back to you.

Again, a lot of firms are way too busy to do this I would rather just go to the expense of running another ad or starting networking from scratch all over again, instead of checking their own systems. However, a lot of smart firms are doing it.

It may have meaning and it may not have meaning. There is no way of ever knowing.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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What Should I Do If I am Rejected For a Job I Love | JobSearchTV.com


Being rejected for a job can feel very painful but there are two things you can do and one of them may help you win the job you love.

Summary

"What should I do after being rejected from the job. I love?"

He or she follows by saying, "I'm desperately looking for a job in a foreign country where I got my degree and finally went to the final round for position. I love. The positions I can apply for our rear end, after the final interview, they said, 'No.' I feel so devastated and don't know what to do next."

With regard to this firm, it's over for now. I say for now because it doesn't mean that you can try working there for other positions or other opportunities. The fact is, you have been turned down for this job. What can you do?

Answer. Learn from this. What did you do, right? What could you have done better? Where was the background just to be superior? Where was adjudged to be not as good as the person they chose?

You might try messaging back to the firm and says to them something along the lines of, "I'm obviously disappointing choice, but I would like to learn from the experience. I understand you chose someone else. I am not going to argue the point. Where did you perceive the other person was superior to me?" You have to keep the promise of not getting into an argument because then you will knock yourself out from years to come because everyone there will remember you. Not only that, when they leave, they will remember you at the next firm and block you from joining there.

I understand you have an issue because you are looking for something in a foreign country, and you may be dealing with visas and other bones of contention that this firm was willing to handle for you. This job is gone and all you can really do is learn from it. If they tell you, "We didn't find you strong enough in such and such," improve upon it. If they say, "you are too aggressive," look at that as to whether it was true or not. If they say you are not aggressive, look at that and see if that was true or not. After all, sometimes there is pushback because they are afraid that you're going to try and argue with them. Sometimes there is pushback in giving an honest answer. for a million reasons, including, they are too busy.

What ever it is, from the vantage point of view, this is a learning experience. For now, you are not getting this job. The person that they hired may not work out. You might just put a tickler in your system for 60 or 90 days out that politely says, "I know you hired someone for this role, but perhaps they are not performing as well as you would've liked. I thought I would reach out and see if you are satisfied."

You may not get a response which actually is a response. But, this is a fun way to see if by some miracle, there's an opportunity for you to reenter the scene here. Not right now. Like I said. For now, you have to learn from it. In the future, do like I said and put a reminder in your phone to contact them 60 days from now, 90 days from now, as if they are completely satisfied with the person they hired. I suggest this because there's a statistic about employer remorse related to people that they hire.

I think the statistic is that 60% of hiring managers have buyers remorse after they hire someone. Take advantage of that. See it see if there's a possibility that you can reintroduce yourself if you are not goofing now.

In the meantime, you're getting information about how you can improve and do it so that this way, if the miracle happens and they do want to talk with you again in 60 or 90 days, you've done some work to improve yourself in the area that they perceived the deficiency today and you can do a better job.

This strategy applies to any job. It's not just the foreign job. Any job for which are turned down, try to improve and see if in 60 or 90 days after you've gotten the notice of rejection whether they are completely satisfied with the person they hired, and whether they consider talking with you again.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

 

Will A Company Reject A Candidate with Excellent Technical Skills But Lacking Social Skills?


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EP 848 I think this is a great question that affects so many people, particularly those who work outside of their native land.  I give my typical no BS advice but a solution so that does not affect you forever.

Summary

The question I received was, "Will accompany reject a candidate with excellent technical skills but lacking social skills?" I know what you want the answer to be but the fact is what you want and what the reality is are different. I want to take it across the life-cycle of your career to explain why.

As a very junior person, you have a chance. However, if you stay static with having poor social skills you won't have a chance.

Before I go further, let me ask, "What are poor social skills?" Generally, that would be interpreted as poor oral communications and/or more written communications. Rude behavior. Ineffective behavior In group situations while working in meetings or with others.

Who would want to work with someone who is rude or sullen. You work with other people. Whether it is in the US or other countries There is the hope that people will get along with one another. You may be dedicated to your craft, but part of your craft involves relating to others. For example, you as a technical professional have to attend meetings where you communicate your ideas. If you cannot communicate ideas, you are not an effective craftsman. That's the reality to it.

It's kind of like an artist he doesn't know how to market themselves or a coach who doesn't know how to promote themselves. I could be the greatest coach in the world (by the way, I'm pretty damn good) But if no one knows about it,, I'm not can be coaching anyone am I? If you have poor social skills, and you are not allowed to attend meetings, How will anyone know that you have great ideas to improve their environment?

So, at the beginning phase of your career, you have a chance; However, is not going to last long because they are going to push you aside pretty quickly. As you get mid-level and higher level, you cannot get away with poor oral communications, poor writing skills, bad behavior with colleagues, Ineffective communications. Why? Because it becomes magnified even more.

You are expected to lead situations. You are expected to be the person who talks to people within the organization outside of the technical areas to elicit information about what they need & how you can go about serving them. You are supporting them; you're working on budgets for a group; you are hiring people. How do you do that with poor social skills? You can't.

Social skills can be improved on. Like technical skills, when you were 6-year-old girl or boy learning how to code, were you great at that time? No, but you had an aptitude a you learned. You had mentors, coaches and teachers who helped you become better. The same thing applies with social skills. You can learn to get better at those, too. I don't care what profession you are in, we are talking about technical profession now, you can get better at these things if you work at them.

I want to be clear that I am a big proponent that you emphasize your strengths as being the core of your background but you have to improve the secondary skills in order to have a career in the primary ones. They go hand-in-hand, but your energy should be focused on your technical skills.

Again, will you be rejected? Probably, Because they'll never know what you know because you can't communicate, right? It is in life are going to hand you a piece of paper or a tablet And say, "Take this test and if you pass the test you will be hired." Managers want to know that you understand what they are telling you AND that you have growth potential. Without those, you are not going to get hired.

So, again, you have a chance if you're the junior level however, as you become involved in the organization, you have no chance.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

 

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

How to Learn from Being Rejected

11 Interviews. 11 Rejections. What’s Next? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Ep 711 As usual, I offer No BS advice.

Summary

This person writes to me that they have had 11 interviews, 11 rejections and asks, "What should I do next?"

Are you an idiot? Do you know what you need to do next? You need to get better at interviewing!

Obviously, you have a resume that creates attention and you don't know how to interview. Why? Because you not being invited back for 2nd interviews. It's really that simple.

If you not getting interviews, your resume sucks. If you getting interviews and not being invited back, you don't know how to interview. I could go on and on and on about the different steps in the job search,, but the fact of the matter is,, you don't know how to interview.

How do you learn how to interview? I'm going to quickly say that JobSearchCoachingHQ.com Is one place. That's my membership site for job hunters. But, the fact is You can talk with friends. You can get coaching about how to interview. By the way, I can coach you.

JobSeachCoachingHQ.com is a site with great content that will help you interview better If you watch it. And if you practice it. If you don't do anything with it, you are an idiot. The site is there designed to teach you so that we can take the mythology out of job hunting.

You know, the mythology? It's hard. It's difficult. It's painful. It will take a long time. It doesn't have to be that way.

Your issue is that you need to learn how to interview. Learn! You will do a lot better! Then you will get the kind of job that you want.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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Repeatedly Rejected After The Final Interview? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

Ep 658 Have you been rejected as you reach the final stage of interviewing? In this video, I speak to a job hunter who this has happened to several times and offer a possible reason.

Summary

I received the question through Quora that I thought was quite interesting that I'm going to share with you. The headline is, "I always get rejected in the final or pre-final phase of interviewing. What am I doing wrong?"

Basically, he describes a situation where he has been rejected 9 times already. In the last round of interviews, he was asked simple questions like what his hobbies were he answers them to the best of his ability in a very soft manner. That's the way he explains it. I'm not making it up.

So he talks in a soft manner. He doesn't know what mistakes he's making. But, ultimately, he knows he is making mistakes because he is being rejected. In another interview, he was asked if he has any questions and he responded by asking, "Would you suggest any areas where I need improvement?" He was told, "Be confident." It begs the question of what is going wrong for him?

I suspect this is a cultural thing, even though I don't know the ethnicity of the person involved or of the hiring manager but the classic scenario is that the hiring manager is perceived as being powerful; the potential employee who is very junior is, on the power scale, much lower. The result is that that power differential becomes very pronounced with a potential higher speaks in a soft manner.

Imagine them speaking with you in an interview and I'm talking very softly and the interpretation of the soft manner was lack of confidence. Understand that there are 2 major things that firms look for.

In my original article on the subject, I described is Cx5=PL. I'm going to simplify it.

Hopefully, a firm is looking for skills, competence. After all, they are trying to hire someone to fill a particular role. What does this person know? What can they do that fits our job? Skills competence.

Ultimately, the next thing that they are looking for is being inspired that you are the solution to a need. Part of that is demonstrating your knowledge, but the 2nd part of it is in your matter. For example, if you are talking to them and look into it a side. If you are not maintaining eye contact. If you are speaking softly. If your hands shake is perceived as being gentle (obviously I'm not talking about hand the breaking handshakes). If your manner doesn't make people feel confident that you know your subject, you will be rejected, as much as you may know, that is the extra ingredient.

I always tell people not to ask a question like that-- where can I improve? You know where you can improve. You brought up the subject of being soft-spoken for a reason. Understand that that is a variable that is within your control.

It may take practice. It may take effort on your part. I will relay a story from Toastmasters, the international speaking organization but I always encourage people to become involved with. The reason I do is because they offer you an opportunity to practice your speaking. It may be later in your career that you may be asked to present something on a topic. They have a function in this section of the meeting that they call Table Topics where you are asked to speak for 1 to 2 minutes extemporaneously on the subject. You don't know what that subject is going to be until you are asked a question.

The notion that you can practice speaking is a great opportunity. You will be critiqued afterwards on that one to 2 minute speech that you gave.. They are very supportive. They always start off with praise for what you did, especially as a beginner. They want to encourage you to keep working on your perceived deficiencies and teach you areas for improvement. You will absorb these. You will practice. You will get better.

For the soft-spoken job hunter who believes that that soft-spoken Dennis is holding them back on getting a job or in advancing in their new job, it is important to practice speaking and speaking extemporaneously because you are just asked to do that all the time. After all, what you're doing is giving 30 second speech.

If someone is asking how the project is going, you are giving a 45 second to 1 minute speech. What you are trying to do is communicate ideas to people that allow you to satisfy their interests (if the rule their interests are either your boss or someone you're providing help to). Recognize that that opportunity speaking to practice speaking is so important for you in your career because, at the end of the day, even if you are hired, do you want to stay in the same job for the next 40 years of your life? 30 years of her life. It is a long time!

Like I said, firms want to be inspired that you can be the solution to their need. Practice speaking. Practice speaking up. Get to Toastmasters. Great story from their!

There was a man who spoke at the international gathering of Toastmasters. He was an individual who had a stutter up until the age of 4. It was from the Middle East (I believe Saudi Arabia). He gave an inspiring 10 minute speech that brought down the house. This is a tough audience at the international gatherings of Toastmasters.

Here's a man who didn't speak and wouldn't speak without a starter until the age of 4. Developmentally delayed and he was funny, he was tender and he clearly had control of a large group of people and he won.

You can achieve the same thing yourself. You can practice-- that's really what it involves. Practice. Practice getting better at what you do. Make the mistakes now when it is less costly.

Right now, you may not get your 1st job or your 2nd job because you are not well practiced. Do you want to keep doing the same mistakes? Of course not. You want to get better at things and not stay stuck in the same paradigm that you are in of being confined to certain types of opportunities because you don't perform well in situations where you are being judged by others.

Get yourself out and about. Practice speaking. Think in terms of ways that you can communicate that inspire confidence and get better.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. 

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you are interested in executive job search or leadership coaching, email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us.In the subject line, include the word “Coaching.”

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How Do I Find Out Why My Job Application Has Been Rejected? | JobSearchTV.com


I have sent out over a hundred job applications to various positions across many fields, and 90% of them had been rejected – the other 10% I never hear from again, even after following-up. For most of those applications, I should be a perfectly viable candidate, but I get no indication whatsoever why I get rejected.

Summary

Here's a question for today: How do I find out why my job application has been rejected? I'm going to paraphrase the next part. I have sent out over100 applications to various positions across my field and 90% of them have been rejected. The other 10%, I never hear from again even if I follow-up. For most of those applications I would be a perfectly viable candidate but I get no indication why I was rejected.

The person then goes back to talk about what career services told him. Career services knows nothing. They have never fill the job in their life, offer pablum advice but I digress.

What's the issue here? How can this person find out why their application has been rejected? I'm going to answer the question for them because there are really only a few reasons why an application is rejected.

The first one is that they sought better-looking resumes.What made them better looking resumes? Well, when you see a job ad, that position may have already been online for a month and they are deep into the hiring process. You got to it late.

Number two. Let's say you found that on the first day was posted and they have just been inundated with responses and they've chosen better fitting candidates or resumes for these roles.

Number three. You did nothing to tailor your resume to demonstrate how you actually fit for the job.

The most likely alternative is the second one – – they saw better resumes.Here's what I say that.

For a student resume (I'm going to get to you more experienced people in a little bit to start with students first),

What is your resume say? You have a few internships and went to a particular school, got certain grades and took particular classes.

Man, that's boring! Unless some of those internships were spectacular (I'm sure some of you had great internships, but most were pretty mundane), some of these people are ahead of you on line, particularly if you went to an average school– – We have no idea of your experience so it's hard to be particular for you.

For you experienced people, is number three (you did nothing to demonstrate your fit for the job). That's the most common mistake that experienced people make.

Students are often given a load of crap by career services about how wonderful their school is, how great a job it does preparing people for graduation… And they are lying. Career services knows nothing about how well prepared you are or any of the graduates are. The next time they go out and talk to a business about how their academic program matches up with that businesses needs will be the first time that ever happens.

So, for students, your background isn't as wonderful as you have been led to believe. For experienced people, you have to tailor your resume to demonstrate a fit for the job that you are applying for; that's the most common reason why you are being projected; you never made a case for your candidacy and how your experience fits the firm that you are applying to.

Your resume is awful vis-à-vis the job you're applying for. As I've said many times before, your resume is like the broken watch that's right twice a day. Yes, you will get some interviews. To use the example of the student, he or she gets 10 interviews out of 100.

Why doesn't he get 100 out of 100? Who knows!

For you, you keep sending that same resume out over and over and, if my inbox is any indicator, a lot of you are sending out little more than spam.

I want to encourage you to tailor your resume to demonstrate your fit. As a student, I want you to go into detail about the program you went to, how wonderful it was, what you learn there, and try to find something in your background that will distinguish it from the other thousand resumes that they are going to be receiving.

By that I don't only mean the appearance; I mean the content as well.

Do you really think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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Good Things Can Happen From Rejections

 

On this show, Jeff talks about how good thing can happen when you are turned down for a job.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a recruiter for more than 40 years.

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