In a job market where there are plenty of applicants, it only takes one mistake to ruin your chances. As a job seeker, you need to know what the common mistakes are and work to avoid them so you lead a successful job search, impress managers with your resume, and make a positive mark at the job interview.
So, let me begin by saying: Here's some irony for you... For years, I've struggled to properly explain what I do for work. Funny, right? The gal that has spent the last 15+ years of her life helping professionals with their personal brands, job searches, and career planning doesn't know what to label herself. Saying I'm a "career coach" has never seemed to properly convey the job. I feel that title makes light of the important work myself and my Work It Daily teammates do every day. And, I feel the term "career counselor" really speaks to those folks you find at high schools and colleges. But recently, a conversation about the evolution of Work It Daily provided me with a big ah-ha moment. Ever since that, I've wanted to post the following... "My name is J.T. and I'm a Career Therapist." (Finally! I said it.) I've known for a long time this is really my job. Each day, myself and a team of trained career support specialists give people a trusted, secure, and private place to talk honestly about their careers. This is no small thing. As humans, our identities, and subsequently, our happiness are tightly tied to what we do for work. When you spend 40+ hours each week doing a job, it can't help but define you and impact your ability to feel successful and satisfied in life. So, while I'm not a doctor (and I don't play one on TV), I am a career therapist. And, I'm no longer ashamed to say it. Why would I be ashamed? Glad you asked! Because getting career support is still seen as "taboo". When I decided to leave corporate America to become a career coach, my friends and colleagues thought I'd lost my mind. One former college classmate asked me if I was going to become some sort of new-age-hoohey-type (his words, not mine). I lost the respect of some people who thought I was throwing away a perfectly good career track (six-figure female HR executive), to do something weird. To them, people who used career coaches were "broken" and "unemployable." But over the years, these same people circled back, many of them asking to chat with me about their own career challenges. Still, those early years of criticism from my peers gave me doubts. But, fast forward to today and here's what I know... School teaches us a lot of things, but learning how to identify and pursue a meaningful career throughout our lifetime is not one of them. With more than 70 percent of the working population feeling disengaged and dissatisfied with their career success, we have an epidemic of professional happiness going on right now. And sadly, people don't seek the help they need. Even though we use trained professionals to fix all sorts of problems in our lives i.e. doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, physical therapists, etc. we still naively think we should be able to figure out our career problems on our own. The good news is, I think the thousands of people who have become members of Work It Daily in the last year would tell you: getting a little career therapy isn't a sign of weakness, it's a path to greatness. We refer to them as #WIDwarriors, and they're changing the world, one dream job at a time. So, to the millions of people sitting in silent disgust and desperation with their careers and failing to get the help they need (you might be one of them?), I say:
No one calling you back after you’ve applied to over 100 jobs online? You’ve spent HOURS of time filling out applications and you still haven’t seen any results. Why is that? Did you know there’s only a 3% chance you’re going to get called after applying to an online job posting? Yup. Kind of takes the wind out of your sails, doesn’t it? The average job posting gets about 200 applicants, and HALF of those applicants get disqualified based on technicalities. From there, recruiters go in and use the applicant tracking system to filter out candidates. Once they have about 20 applications, they will go through them one by one. However, only 3-6 people will actually get called for phone screens out of this group. And only three people out of that group will likely get a chance to come in for in-person interviews. So, as you can see, the chances of you getting called are very low. That’s why this type of job search isn’t a good approach for most job seekers. Unfortunately, most job seekers do end up spending their time on online job boards applying to jobs because it’s seemingly the “easiest” way to find jobs. It’s also the most publicized approach to job search. What you need to do instead is conduct a proactive job search that targets your top employers. Instead of “spraying and praying,” you need to spend your time and energy on activities that drive RESULTS in your job search. So, if you’ve applied to over 100 jobs online and haven’t gotten any interviews, it’s time to change up your job search strategy. Watch this free 20-minute video tutorial to find out how you can change your approach and start feeling better about your career. WATCH NOW!