Job-hunting is becoming more challenging as employers are being more selective. "Employers are being extraordinarily picky about whom they offer a job to," says Robin Ryan, a career counselor who recently posted her "top 5 reasons job hunters fail." • "Recent U.S. Labor Department reports show that the number of people looking longer than 27 weeks has continued to grow each month during the last year. In this tough market, one slipup on your resume, or goof at the interview, and you're dead in the water." • To shorten your search to re-employment, here are Ryan's "top 5 reasons job hunters fail." Marvin Walberg, Scripps Howard News Service
Failure to quickly sell your accomplishments and results. Resumes get glanced at and rejected in 15 seconds or less. Generic job descriptions and vague and unfocused resumes don't work. Sell your accomplishments.
Not writing a cover letter. Even if you apply electronically, human resources managers need a cover letter. Do what others fail to do.
Not knowing how to control the interview. Dressing inappropriately, wasting time on lengthy discussions of your life story, not appearing confident and not being well-informed about the company get you off to a bad start. Take the time to be prepared or take the chance of losing an opportunity.
Flustered or stumped by tough interview questions. Be prepared to answer, "Why should we hire you?" "tell me about yourself," "what is your greatest weakness?" and other tough interview questions.
Not asking intelligent questions. HR managers complain that candidates only care about how much they'll pay be paid, benefits and vacation time.
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All jobs have worth, and all employees must be accountable to that worth. Get the job first, and then work hard to exceed your employer's expectations. Then, your value increases and so should your rewards.
Be prepared to sell yourself. Know your accomplishments and match your skills and abilities to the jobs you seek. Do your homework and only contact an employer when you know you are ready to sell yourself. Use the Internet to get employer information and get prepared. Do that right and you'll earn what you're worth!