Reason # 1. You're applying to every job opening in Houston – and beyond.
Whereas employed individuals typically apply to jobs that seem lucrative, exciting, or challenging, some unemployed job candidates tend to apply to every single job opening available, sometimes out of desperation. But here's a news flash: if you're not qualified for a position, you're not going to get hired. You're probably not even going to get an email thanking your for your application. Instead, take a targeted approach and focus on the jobs for which you are truly qualified.
Reason # 2. You're not networking enough … or at all.
When you're employed, it's easy to network. In fact, you do it everyday with your co-workers, managers, vendors, customers, and various other contacts. You're in the loop, which is a good thing when you're looking for a new job. In fact, many positions are filled through networking. That's why, when you're unemployed, it's really important to make an effort and network. The more you network, the better your chances are finding a new job. Whether you do it online through social networking, or in person by joining an industry or business association, now's the time to put yourself out there.
Reason # 3. You're not staying busy.
If the first thing that comes to mind when you're asked "what have you been up to since you've been laid off" is watching TV and eating junk food, you're in trouble. Not only are you slowly losing your competitive edge, but you're not going to have a lot to say during a job interview when you're asked that question. So go do something. Start volunteering, join a club, enroll in a training program, or take an online class. Being able to say that you spent the last six months helping to spearhead a new member drive at the local Chamber of Commerce (rather than sitting on the couch, eating Cheetos) could help you make a memorable impression and give you a leg up in the hiring process.
Reason # 4. You've lost your confidence.
During those first few weeks of being unemployed, it's easy to stay hopeful. But as the weeks and months drag on, that hope can quickly diminish and be replaced by extreme anxiety. For someone who's already employed, a job interview could lead to a possible step up; but it's no big deal if they do not get the position. For you, though, landing the job could be the difference between being able to pay your bills or not. So you have a lot more at stake and that anxiety can come through during an interview if you're not aware of it.
If you're unemployed and are having a hard time finding jobs in Houston, Texas that are right for you, please contact Murray Resources. We can discuss your background, skills, and goals and help you to find an opportunity that's a fit for you.