We ask job seekers these questions. The answers can help pinpoint an area to address. The reasons for asking these questions are explained.
Each region has a fourth leg to its economic uniqueness in addition to government, education and health care.
Industry and location are linked as the location quotient may be more or fewer opportunities than the national average. This may indicate the degree of difficulty of finding employment in a particular industry and region.
Each company will value certain skills more than others. They will need some skill more than any other. Find out what that skill/position is.
Every person has God-given talents that they do better than 99% of the population. Identify that talent and find a buyer for that talent.
What is it that you can do for a company that it will pay money for your time and talent? This is the essential question of the job search process.
If you do not have a talent that the company needs to generate revenue, then how do you acquire more customers for the company in the sales process?
If a job seeker does not have a billable skill and does not perform in a sales role, then they cannot generate revenue for a company; therefore, they are a cost center and that means these jobs are most vulnerable to be outsourced or cut. These jobs are also very competitive with many substitutes for talent.
If the existing labor market does not provide the job you want, then can you create it on your own?
You may realize the degree you have does not give you the skills the market desires; therefore, obtaining new skills may be the answer.
Not all degrees are equal. Do not invest in a degree without determining the demand for it.
Even if you are underemployed, it’s easier to get a job when you have one than if you do not have one.
Maybe this temporary, under-employed job gives a hint into what industry you should pursue.
Job seekers do not spend enough times job searching. The average job seeker to find the job that they want will need to spend 40 hours a week for 3 months or a month for every 10k they want in starting salary.
Upwards to 80% of jobs are received through personal networking with weak ties. Cast a wide net when job searching. Less than 10% of jobs are obtained via online searches.
This easily maps out your network and shows how to get to a person in an industry or company.
One expert says everyone has at least 200 contacts. That’s 40,000 people you know within one degree of separation. That’s your network.
Most never apply to enough companies, only those who are their dream jobs.
If you are not getting any interviews, then it is something wrong with your resume. Could be one or many things. Perhaps you are applying for positions you are not qualified to perform.
If you are not getting second round interviews, then you may have an interview problem, perhaps you are not prepared, overly confident, nervous, don’t ask or answer questions. Practice by role playing.
If you are turning down offers, then perhaps you are too picky. If you have not received one yet, but have obtained 2nd round interviews, then keep at it. Someone may just be better. You are an Olympian, but you did not medal.