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7 Most Common Job Search Problems You Should Avoid

And How You Can Fix Them

Leigh Gillatt  •  Careers Advice

7 Most Common Job Search Problems You Should Avoid


Searching for a new job, for most of the time, is never easy. However, if you are having a lot of trouble, you may be actively making some of the common mistakes a lot of job seekers make.

There’s no need to despair though as there are often some easy to apply solutions that can be employed to some of these common issues.

Here are 7 of the most common job search problems and how our recruitment consultants advise job hunters and candidates on how they can fix them.

1. Your Confidence Has Taken A Beating

As recruitment consultants, we very frequently meet new job seekers and candidates that need a confidence boost; after all let’s not forget, job hunting is tough – especially during periods of economic downturn like we’re experiencing current due to the coronavirus crisis. It requires you to put yourself out there, with a high probability that you’ll experience rejection with your job applications.

But that’s OK. Just as not every car you test drive is worth buying, not every job you are qualified to do is worth having.

Remember that the job search can, in many ways, be a numbers game. Our recommendation is that you find as many suitable jobs as possible, as quickly as possible. Not only does this move your job search along faster, it’s easier to maintain your morale when there’s a lot going on as your mind it occupied.

2. Your CV Is Ineffective

If you’re not getting any responses when you apply for jobs, it could very well be time to rewrite your CV. For example, one of the most important thing you can include in your CV is to quantify any of the accomplishments you list as much as you can. For example add specific number, monetary values, and percentages, this will from an employer’s point of view make your CV pop and help you to stand out from other applicants.

Another very useful tip is to eliminate the use of paragraphs in certain sections of your CV in favour of much easier-to-read bullet point lists. Beyond that, make sure areas where dates are included that its shown in chronological order, you’ve thoroughly proofread it for spelling and grammatical errors, and its ideally no more than 2 pages long. See our full article on how to write a CV for a comprehensive guide to getting it right by clicking the link below.

3. You’re LinkedIn Profile Isn’t Doing You Justice

If you’re not getting contacted by hiring managers or recruiters through LinkedIn, your profile is probably in need of some attention.

Your LinkedIn profile is part of your online brand, and a big part of your first impression with potential companies. So, just as you market a product or service online, so too in a similar way, your LinkedIn profile needs to market you to employers in order to attract them to.

To start with, you need a “business appropriate” photo of you smiling, a strong and specific headline, and a keyword-filled, compelling summary of who you are and what you’re qualified to do.

If you need more assistance, take a look at our article on How To Improve Your LinkedIn Profile below.

4. Your Initial Phone Or Video Interviews To Bring Success

Initial phone and sometime video interviews (which have widely become more common place over recent months) are a first stage screening process for employers. They’re interested, but they don’t know if you’re worth a face-to-face meeting or formal interview.

If you’re not getting invited to formal interview on or off site, it could be time to learn or brush up on how to perform a phone or video interview. There’s actually a lot more that goes into the performance of these types of interview than you’d initially think. See the following article to help you smash your next video interview.

5. You Don’t Do Well In Formal Interviews

There are a whole host of ways you could possibly fail in a job interview… from simply not wearing appropriate interview attire, to failing to follow up after the meeting, and everything in between. So, make a conscious effort to analyse your interview performance and try to understand what you are missing or getting wrong.

We’ve written a comprehensive guide stacked with interview tips which you can use to assist you in perfecting your technique and performance here:

With this guide at your fingertips ask yourself things like, "before the interview, are you researching the company?"

As you’ll learn in our guide, the more interview preparation you do, the better you’ll perform. Thoroughly research the company, the job, and the interviewer as much as possible prior to attending the interview, with company information so readily available on the internet there’s really no excuses not to.

Do you find that your answers to interview questions are your stumbling point? The best way to prepare for interview questions is to get a list of common interview questions, prepare good answers for them, and practice your answers. The practice is important because it will help you seem more confident and capable. We have an article covering the top 8 commonly asked interview questions and how to answer them here:

6. You’re A Little Vague On The Concept Of ‘Selling Yourself’

Most people know that you need to sell yourself in the job interview, but not everyone knows what that really means. Some just feel uncomfortable even with the idea of it.

What the concept of selling yourself really means, is to match your skills, abilities, work experience and traits to the job and clearly point that out to the hiring manager or recruiter. Learn to assess what the requirements of that hiring manager are and then show them how you can provide that, and then some.

For the most part, you should turn to the job description either in the original job advert, or a more comprehensive job outline if you’ve been provide with one, to get the information you need to assess what the hiring manager is looking for in an ideal candidate for the role.

7. When You Perform Well In Interviews, But You Don’t Get Job Offers

Here at Diverse Employment, our consultants often find that when job seekers are confident, qualified, articulate, and personable, but still don’t get offered the job, they’re usually placing second or third in the candidate race. What they need is a way to push themselves into first place and it’s not always a big push.

Our top advice on how to get ahead of the competition here is to cleverly craft and take along with you to interview, a first 3-month plan. This is just a written outline of the action steps and priorities you would perform within the first 3 months in the job role (this can be put together using the pre-interview research you conduct). Walk through your plan with the interviewer, pausing for feedback they may have at certain point. Trust us, we’ve seen this process do wonders for candidates’ job offer success rates, particularly in skilled and professional roles.

Solve Your Job Search Problems Fast

The fastest, most personalised way to solve job search problems and get hired quickly is to work with a qualified recruitment consultant, such as those here at Diverse Employment. A good consultant can pinpoint the issues you are experiencing quickly and offer some of the best advice solutions that fit you and your situation.

Contact our team today, we're here to help.