Wednesday, 18 December 2013

The 5 Most Common Reasons for Jobsearch Failure

Did you know...?

The 5 most common reasons for jobseeker failing to gain work are:

  • Fear of Failure
  • Fear of the Unknown
  • Reluctance to Plan
  • Procrastination
  • Lack of Support

How can you make sure you don't get trapped by these employment barriers?
If I don't start, I won't... fail!
 Fear of Failure
Nobody achieves things without taking a risk.  Ask yourself 'What is the worst that can happen?'  Usually the answer is 'I won't get the job', so ask yourself further questions, like 'How can I increase my chance of success?'  This way, failure isn't what you are focusing on, how to be successful is!

H.e.l.p.... don't let the job see me

Fear of the Unknown
This fear can be quite paralysing.  The way to overcome this is to conduct research and learn everything you can, and that way the unknown becomes the known, so you eliminate this fear completely and develop increased confidence.

Reluctance to Plan
You've heard the saying, 'If you fail to plan, you are actually planning to fail'? So turn your fear into Action!

Why waste yours and employers time by applying for any and every job you find? Successful job seekers are the ones that make the time to learn as much as they can about themselves, the industry, the employers, and the positions and develop good tools to market themselves, before they launch into submitting applications.

You need accurate and current information about the type of work you are keen on - so research and develop a good jobsearch plan.

It is easy to find a successful jobsearch process overwhelming - there is a lot to learn and so much you need to do.  One way to combat procrastination is to start with small steps.  What is the one thing you can do today that is on your Action Plan.  Don't have an Action Plan: start one!  Already have one: add something to it, or do one of the actions on it and then proudly (and cathartically) ... tick ... it!

Every single day, whether you are in the mood or not, take one small step, even if that step is only to look and see what jobs are available.

Lack of Support
Although many job seekers feel as though they are completely on their own, for most people, family and friends are more than willing to help you.

Join a new group
But family and friends are not the only support available. Don't suffer in silence and let it get you down: go out and get the help and support you need from within your wider community.  Write out a list of the people and organisations that you can approach, and then do so (this can be part of your action plan!).

If you, or someone you know, is having a difficult time with their jobsearch because of one of these five common reasons, then please let them know they are not alone - and by all means, refer them to me for tailored jobsearch advice and assistance if needed.

Happy JobSearching!

PS, As soon as Christmas and New Year celebrations are out of the way, the January school holiday period is an EXCELLENT time for job seekers to refresh their jobsearch strategies, tools and motivation, so that when February comes, you can be leaps and bounds ahead of your nearest competitor!


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