Job hunting can often get discouraging if you do it for an extended period of time. You put in so much time and effort to update your resume, write cover letters, and interview somewhere, only for employers to never be interested in you. Below are a few of the factors that can make finding a job harder, and a little advice on how to overcome them!
Short Job Stints
If you’re hopping from job to job, otherwise known as having short job stints on your resume, it can be a red flag to potential employers. They don’t want to put in the time and money of training you, only for you to leave a month later. Instead, they want someone who can get behind their mission and stick around for at the least a year or two. If you have short job stints on your resume, you’ll need to think about how to explain them to potential employers. Don’t bad mouth the companies you left and try to stay positive. Were you looking for better growth opportunities? Were those jobs just not great fits? Be honest enough with who you’re interviewing while also demonstrating what you have to offer.
A Criminal Record
A criminal record is a red flag to potential employers because you may be seen as a liability to the company. They aren’t sure how you’ll act or what future crimes you’ll commit, so they may be wary of you. While this may seem unfair, companies are constantly worried about their reputation. Company leaders also want their other employees to feel safe in the workplace. Record expungement can help your career prospects with the help of an attorney. Once you pay all the fines associated with the crime and have no other cases pending, you can reach out to your local government to have officials review your criminal record and determine whether or not to expunge it. An attorney can help you make your case and determine if you’re eligible for expungement.
Lack of Experience
Not having the years of experience a potential employer is looking for can be hard to overcome. The job you’re interviewing for may be looking for specific skills and talents that you haven’t had time to acquire yet. During the interview, you can explain your enthusiasm for learning and ability to adapt to any job requirement, as well as focus on what skills you do have that could be applicable. Some employers are willing to train on the job, so you may be able to get into a company that way. If you find you’re unable to get work trying that strategy, do some independent or volunteer work that allows you to learn the skills and experience you’re missing. You could also take a course that teaches what a potential employer is looking for.
Getting a new job takes a lot of work. Practice interviewing with your friends and family to make sure you have the confidence employers are looking for. You could also get your resume reviewed by your manager or someone you trust to ensure you’re hitting the right points on your resume despite obstacles like these.
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