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Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Why am I struggling to find a new job?

We know that looking for a new job can be tiring. Searching through job adverts, filling out endless application forms and attending numerous job interviews, the process can be exhausting both physically and mentally. There’s nothing worse than building your hopes up only to have them dashed by another rejection email. Lots of businesses are hiring and you’ve got plenty to offer, so why are you struggling to find a new job?

  • You aren’t tailoring your CV and cover letter

A lot of people adopt a scattergun approach to their job search, in the hope that the more positions they apply for, the more likely they are to get a response. Unfortunately, we’ve rarely seen a successful outcome from this approach. Instead of firing out as many CVs as possible it’s important that you read the job description for each role you apply for and consider how your skills and experience meet with their needs. Tailor your CV and cover letter so that it’s clear to the reader you’re the ideal candidate.

  • You aren’t preparing for interviews

Far too often interviewers encounter candidates who were absolutely brilliant on paper but fail to shine in their interview. How can you combat this and make the best possible impression? Preparation! If you don’t research and rehearse before interviews you’re setting yourself up to fail. Research the company beforehand so that you can discuss their work along with any awards and achievements – this will demonstrate your enthusiasm for the opportunity. Rehearse answering questions beforehand so that you can give clear, concise responses, avoiding waffling and awkward silences.

  •  You’re not showing interest and following up

Organisations are looking for someone who’s passionate and excited about the opportunity to work for them. We’d always advise you to send a follow-up email after any interview to thank your interviewers for meeting you and reaffirm your interest in the position.

  • Your recruitment agency isn’t being honest

We often hear frustrating stories from candidates of recruitment agencies desperately pushing them into roles they aren’t suitable for or being dishonest about the job market. At Nicholas Howard we don’t rate our success by securing your next role, we judge our success by securing your loyalty. We can support you in every step of the process, from CV reviews to career tracking and management. Get in touch today to find out more about how we can help you!



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