All of us, including top leaders, find ourselves in a job search at some point. And, if you’re in a leadership position, it takes that much longer because there just aren’t as many jobs available at the top.
But sometimes, there’s a specific reason why they aren’t finding work.
We’ve compiled a “List of Reasons Why You Can’t Find a Job” to help you identify what’s blocking you. If you identify the reason you can’t find a job, there’s hope. Often, once a job seeker corrects the situation, they find a job relatively quickly.
List of Reasons You Can’t Find a Job
1) Your Job Search Marketing Collateral Isn’t Effective (e.g., Resume, Cover Letter, LinkedIn Profile, Elevator Speech, Executive Bio). You have a:
Not understanding the purpose of LinkedIn: Business Platform. (Example of an Unprofessional Status Update: “I, like many, believe that LinkedIn is all about business and not gossip, etc. I hope I am not breaking with protocol but today my daughter graduates from high school.”)
2) Your References Are Not Giving You a Positive Review
Sometimes, a person’s references are too honest about their weaknesses, or just don’t respect or like the person and give a bad job reference.
3) THE INTERNET!!!
The Internet is fraught with dangers for Job Seekers. People don’t think about how what they post on the Internet will look to potential employers. Additionally, you may not realize all of the places you appear. Here’s a partial list:
Inappropriate or illegal activity
Sharing political beliefs
Bashing your company or boss
Past employer websites
Old resumes posted on Job Search websites
4) Productivity Issues
Not Applying to Enough Jobs
Eliminating yourself from jobs you qualify for
Not knowing the right keywords or job titles to find Jobs you qualify for
Not putting in enough time or executing enough activities
Underestimating the number of resumes submissions, phone calls, or emails it takes to find a job
Networking Less Than You Should
Networking ineffectively (not working the room, not asking for introductions, not sharing your elevator speech)
Using your network ineffectively
Don’t want to be a bother
Embarrassed to ask for help
Not knowing you have a network
Being too introverted
5) Being Too Choosy About What Job You’ll Take
6) Not Using Multiple Job Search Strategies
This results in not uncovering a variety of Job Opportunities or too few positions
We worked with a VP who couldn’t find a position after 6 months. We brought up the possibility that she was blackballed. Sure enough, with some investigation, she found out that her previous employer called her target employers and badmouthed her to them.
9) Bad Press
We worked with one client who had to take a proactive stance on Social Media in order to live down some bad press that was preventing her from getting hired.
When we work with job search clients, we always look at their social media. We can’t believe how often we need to suggest they take something down (or just delete the account because there are so many questionable posts).
We suggest that clients avoid posting:
Information about their employer (even on anonymous sites – it’s often easy to identify the poster)
Drunk pictures of themselves or friends
Jokes or any posts about alcohol
References to drug use
Dialog about conflicts with friends or family
Negative comments about anyone
We know this isn’t a complete list, but hopefully, it gets our clients thinking.
Sometimes, clients see one type of social media, Facebook for example, as social media and are careful there, and then on Pinterest, they’ve got a whole board of scantily clad men!