It’s a Candidate-Driven Market, But I Still Don’t Have a Job

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With the current employment reports showing that there are more job openings than available bodies to fill them, why haven’t you gotten any offers? You feel that the interviews have gone well, or you believe that you have a great resume. However, you’re getting no calls for interviews. Are the analysts out of their minds?!

Let’s tackle the resume subject first. With the current candidate-driven market, many organizations are moving to software for the initial resume screening. If you don’t have the proper keywords or if your keywords are listed only as acronyms, you could be getting passed over because of alphabet soup.

Beating the bots

For example, using the terms “patient care” and “healthcare” interchangeably on your resume. Why take up valuable real estate on a resume with redundant verbiage? Application tracking systems don’t always know how to translate. The program is simply looking for the keywords, not the acronym designations. If you don’t have the right keywords, you may simply be filtered out of consideration.

Another common misconception is that if the summary at the top of the resume states that you have, say, 20 years in IT Compliance, but in the ‘duties’ outlined in your detailed work history, it doesn’t show where you acquired that experience. Even if you are an IT Director, you will probably get a pass.

Other ideas on resume writing are spelled out in articles by Luc MacKenzie and Krista Portolesi that you may find helpful.

Unsuccessful interview results or none at all

For no interviews at all, some possible reasons to consider:

  • Are you a job hopper? If this is the case, you may want to stay put for a little longer to add some longevity to your background.
  • Are you aiming too high? Do you think that because a position has been open for quite some time, they will hire anyone?
  • The job description says one thing, they may be looking for something else entirely.

For no offers post-interview:

  • Could it not be the right fit for the team?
  • Is it an attitude that you portray during interviews?
  • Did you come in with giving the impression that you think you’re ‘all that and a bag of chips?’ There is a fine line between “I got this” and “You will be lucky to have me.”
  • Are you all about the money?
  • Do you cross the line between confident and arrogant?
  • Is the employer all about community and you don’t get involved?
  • Did you make it all about you, and not about them in the interview?
  • Are you fully prepared with all the latest interview tools?

These are all common reasons we hear from hiring managers who pass on talented candidates. And while there is a labor shortage, the current tight market also means they don’t want to hire someone and then replace them shortly after they start because it was the wrong fit. There are many resources available today, and one of them is certainly using a highly skilled recruiting and staffing firm to submit you for the right position and prepare you with the latest in interview trends. Whatever the reason, maybe it’s time to talk to a professional.