I often tell people that finding work-at-home jobs is the easy part. The hard part is getting hired. If you’re doing what needs to be done to find work, but aren’t getting hired, here are some possible reasons why and what you can do about it.
1. You aren’t qualified.
I’m all for applying to work even if you don’t meet all the requirements. Why? Because few people meet all the requirements of the job. But you must meet the important requirements. If the application says you need to have a specific number of years of experience or a degree, those are requirements that you probably can’t get around. Don’t waste your time applying to jobs in which you don’t meet the fundamental requirements.
2. You don’t stand out from the crowd.
Competition for work is fierce, especially during a tough economy. If you don’t stand out from all the other job applicants, you won’t get hired. The best way to stand out to get a job, is to tailor your resume or application to the specific job. Don’t just submit a list of your skills and experience. Submit a resume that fits your skills and experience to the duties the employer wants.
3. You didn’t follow directions.
This is a no-brainer, and yet a common complaint among businesses that need to hire help. Usually, people don’t follow directions to try and stand out from the crowd (number 2), but not following the instructions in the job post tells a potential employer that you don’t follow directions. Who wants to pay for that? Follow the directions and stand out by being the perfect hire for the job.
4. There’s too much competition.
You may actually be the perfect person for the job, but there are so many other applicants, your submission doesn’t get reviewed. The best way to avoid this, is to apply to jobs as soon as possible after they are posted. That means you need to search for jobs on a regular basis.
5. Your application was lost.
I’m convinced that somewhere in the universe floats millions of lost emails and digital submissions that never made it to their destination. It is possible that your resume gets lost. In that case, it’s okay to follow up to check that your submission was received.
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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