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Why Is It So Difficult for an Unemployed Person to Get a Job?

Why Is It So Difficult for an Unemployed Person to Get a Job?

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

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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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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.

Connect with me on LinkedIn http://bit.ly/thebiggamehunter..

16 thoughts on “Why Is It So Difficult for an Unemployed Person to Get a Job?

  1. This is true. I know by experience as well. My resume is good, however , i was exploring higher paying jobs and my interviews were lacking. I wasnt ready for the questions they had for me. i had a 3rd interview with 3 companies and didnt get hired. the feedback was i interviewed well but could present good examples to show my experience or i didnt have experience in that field, but im sure its because i stumbled, hesitated and chocked on the questions i wasnt prepared for. so now after putting time and effort into interviewing i got 3 job offers on the table. I totally agree with you Jeff. wish i wouldve seen this video 3 weeks ago. thanks man!!

  2. This is true. I know by experience as well. My resume is good, however , i was exploring higher paying jobs and my interviews were lacking. I wasnt ready for the questions they had for me. i had a 3rd interview with 3 companies and didnt get hired. the feedback was i interviewed well but could present good examples to show my experience or i didnt have experience in that field, but im sure its because i stumbled, hesitated and chocked on the questions i wasnt prepared for. so now after putting time and effort into interviewing i got 3 job offers on the table. I totally agree with you Jeff. wish i wouldve seen this video 3 weeks ago. thanks man!!

  3. Jeff, you learned your lesson the hard way but you learned your lesson. Good for you. Next time, be proactive and learn your lessons in advance so that you don’t lose out on opportunities you are qualified for. Good luck in your new job!

  4. Jeff, you learned your lesson the hard way but you learned your lesson. Good for you. Next time, be proactive and learn your lessons in advance so that you don’t lose out on opportunities you are qualified for. Good luck in your new job!

  5. I cant agree with the resume stinking bit, mine has been redone 2-3x and nothing by a professional, alot of age discrimination out there and more and more its who you know to get a job within the employer and if you dont know people you are screwed

  6. Respectfully, you are taking the easy way out. If you are not getting interviews by sending your resume, your resume stinks vis-à-vis the job you’re applying for. Yes, there can be age discrimination, but if you’re not getting in the door, your resume is not selling you with refer the job that you are applying for. I don’t know your specific circumstances, Darren, but this is what I see time and time again. People submit resumes for jobs that don’t demonstrate a fit for the role that they are applying for. Then, they complained about the employer when, in fact, the issue is

  7. been there done that nothing and my resume has been professionally redone and i only have applied for jobs i have experience in, did the temp agency and job fair bs also total waste of time

  8. Depends on the firm . . . bad credit usually involves financial firms. Bad references is a problem. No knowing someone internally . . . that has nothing to do with the resume but is a networking issue. Watch my playlist about networking. It will help you learn how to network IF YOU FOLLOW MY ADVICE. It will help you avoid the applicant tracking system. But If you watch and don’t do anything, if you watch and don’t practice interviewing, you will keep getting the same results. Lastly, most of the time, people use age as a cop out. You have given several other reasons and those are often bigger problems.

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