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July 18, 2014

Mid-Year Roundup: 14 Likely Reasons Why Your 2014 Job Search Isn’t Working

Time flies: 2014 is officially more than halfway complete. Rewind six-and-a-half months to your New Year’s Resolution. Did you begin the year highly motivated to secure a new job? Perhaps, like many other professionals, you did, but – so far – you haven’t achieved much tangible progress. Luckily, you still have almost half a year to revise your approach. Take this time to review our roundup of 14 obstacles that might be standing in your way.

1. Too Desperate: You use absolutely no discretion and, consequently, you appear desperate. Employers have little reason to prioritize you unless you’ve communicated your prioritization for them.

2. Linked Out: Your LinkedIn account usage is completely ineffective or, worse, nonexistent. Employers and recruiters typically consult a candidate’s LinkedIn profile right away upon receipt of their resume. 

3. Rushed Resignation: You’ve resigned without another job offer in hand. Such impulsive resignation demonstrates a lack of professionalism and poor judgment, and exacerbates the difficulty you’ll have in finding something new.

4. Dishonesty: You haven’t been truthful with your recruiter. He or she might lead you in the wrong direction unless you’re clear about your objectives.

5. Ignoring Recruiters: You’ve entirely discounted the value of executive recruiters. Recruiters can connect you to numerous unadvertised roles and provide valuable advice about employers with whom you interview.

6. Not Trying Temp Work: You haven’t considered getting a foot in the door with a temporary assignment. If you’re currently unemployed, a temporary role will keep your skills relevant. 

7. An Impressive Title…Or Else: You’re overly focused on titles. Position titles are not universal. A “manager” in one organization may have the same responsibilities as an “associate” in another. 

8. Money Matters and It Shows: You’re inappropriately preoccupied with compensation. Employers want to know that you view them as more than a paycheck with assurance that you are excited about the opportunity available.

9. Unaware of Your Value: You have no idea what you deserve to earn. Though salary shouldn’t be your top priority, it’s wise to have a target range that aligns with your capabilities, experience and any professional certifications.

10. Not Doing Your Homework: You arrive to interviews noticeably clueless about the company or position because you don’t ask any intelligent questions.

11. Can’t Prove Yourself: You’re unable to justify your potential. Hiring managers create positions to fill a certain void. Use concrete examples and evidence to make a case for yourself.

12. Weak Close: You’re leaving interviews without any idea of how you did, or what’s coming next.

13. Counteroffer Nightmare: You were offered a new position, but you accepted a counteroffer from your current employer. An alluring and dangerous trap, a counteroffer leaves you stuck in your dissatisfaction.

14. Post-Interview Silence: You don’t follow up with employers after interviews. Skipping the thank you note brands you as indifferent.

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