Top ten frequently asked questions and fears
of job seekers
Being a job-seeker can be a frightening and
stressful experience. The longer the search goes on, the more
stressful and confusing it can be. A job seeker might question
if they are doing anything right, what they should change, what
flaw is keeping them from employment. Really, finding a job
is the matter of two halves 'clicking': the employer has to
think you will fit their needs, and the employer needs to offer
the job seeker a job they want. It is not a specifically timed
process and there are no rigid rules to lead one to success.
Being a successful job seeker means educating yourself about
the current job market and being savvy in your search techniques,
but the other factors that exist can be out of a person's control.
The things a job seeker may fear cannot be completely controlled,
but are common among all job seekers:
1. I have no experience, so they don't want
It is not necessarily that you do not
have the experience, but that maybe you are not marketing it
to them in a way that they are recognizing. A resume can only
tell so much and should not be overly detailed. Try to read
ads carefully and make your cover letter the tool to relay your
skills a bit more. Wait for the interview to be detailed.
2. I got fired/retrenched. How should I explain that?
Just because you got fired does not
mean that you will never have another job again. Be honest in
your disclosure, and do not offer too much information. The
reality of being fired is that lots of people get fired; how
you react to the question might matter more than the reason
you were fired.
3. My resume needs help!
Checking and updating your resume or
CV regularly, plus having someone else review it and give you
feedback, can help greatly. Your Transcareer Coach will ensure
that you have a résumé that achieves interviews..
4. I get nervous during interviews.
Is there a way to keep me from messing
up? Anticipating questions and being prepared can relieve a
lot of interview anxiety. Your Transcareer Coach will ensure
that you present yourself in the best way possible. In fact
you will know more about interviewing than most interviewers.
5. I need a job, quick!
Panicking and seeming desperate can
deter an employer from hiring you sometimes. If you are feeling
anxious, and as difficult as it can be, try to save it for after
interacting with your prospective employer. If you search hard
but have no success, try to change things up a little but DO
NOT panic. It will show through in the application process.
At transcaree we will stay with you until you get a position.
6. I haven't been employed for a while.
This seems to be hurting me, so what
do I do? Current job trends are making this more prevalent.
If you are able to explain an employment gap for a good reason,
or at least be able to account for it in an honest manner that
can help you out. Try to list whatever occupied you in the meantime
(maybe selling ebay items) only if it will help your search.
And answer truthfully during interviews about the gap.
7. No one wants to give me my first job.
I don't think I will ever begin my career!
Finding your first job can be one of the hardest things you
will ever encounter in your career. Try to refine your resume
and include as much as you can in the way of school-related
experiences, volunteering, and soft skills. If possible, consider
interning somewhere briefly to boost your employability. But
keep at it. Consider taking a job far from your ideal too, as
it could be a stepping stone to what you desire later.
8. I don't meet all the qualifications! I will never get a
Having a negative attitude will kill
your job search. Focus on what you do have, and be sure to highlight
those areas. If you can educate yourself on other things they
are wanting, then do it. But having a "can-do" attitude
can go far! At Transcareer we have learnt that employers want
you for what you can do not for how qualified you are.
9. I have applied everywhere, but no luck.
It's hopeless. Getting a job is a process
of being turned down – it goes with the territory. If
you have made 15 cold applications and not gained an interview
then there must be something not quite right on your résumé.
Contact your Transcareer Coach for support..
10. Bad references/criminal record!! I am doomed!
There are ways around these two problems.
Being honest about the issues but not giving too much information
is important. Try to find good references to offset the bad,
and as for a criminal record try to find employment doing something
unrelated. Eventually bad things can fade away, but in the meanwhile
just deal with them honestly.
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