Why Is It So Difficult for an Unemployed Person to Get a Job? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 1042 The answer is simple and, no, it is not that all employers have entered into a conspiracy against unemployed people.

Why Is It So Difficult for an Unemployed Person to Get a Job? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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The question is, "Why is it so difficult for an unemployed person to get a job?"

To me, the answer involves confronting a belief that a lot of people have about all the bias that companies have about hiring unemployed people. That's the easy answer; the honest answer, the one that you don't want to hear is that (#1) you don't have the skills that the market wants or (#2) you don't know how to job hunt. Let me break it down for you.

In terms of job hunting, if you're not getting interviews, your resume stinks. If you getting interviews but not being invited back, you don't interview as well as you should. If you are being invited back and nothing is happening further, you are connecting with people as well as the need to.

See where I'm going with this? There are clear skills deficiencies that you have that can be corrected.

There are lots of different ways to learn how to do things better. Yes, you can hire a professional resume writer to write your resume for you. You can also join the site like mine, JobSearchCoachingHQ.com, where I have curated information that can pick you up all along the line and help you dissect the problems plus you can ask me questions so I can help you dissect it.

After all, as Malcolm Gladwell points out so well in, "Outliers," an expert would be someone with 10,000 hours of job search experience. You have how much? You are by no means an expert and you have about no idea what firms look for. You are guessing at it.

Get some help. That's the thing you really need at this point. It's not that firms go out of their way to discriminate (although some firms do for chronic long-term unemployed people). They do it because they believe that in a good job market, as they believe it is now, there is a reason why someone is unable to get a job for a long period of time. For those people, they use the fact that you been unemployed for a long period of time as code for, "Other people have screened he or she. They found you deficient. We're not gonna find anything different."

That's the problem – – you know how to do the search right. You're an amateur and you think you know how to do the search better than you do.

Tough message but one that needs to be heard.


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