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7 Reasons Why Your Resume Won’t Get You The Dream Job

7 Reasons Why Your Resume Won’t Get You The Dream Job

So, you are tired of applying for open job positions that you find on various companies’ websites and most times, what bothers you more is that you do not even get an acknowledgement mail. You have appeared for hundreds of interviews just so that you could land your dream job, but every time something always holds you back. This keeps on happening time and again even though you have gone great lengths to prepare your resume or look your best on the day of the interview.

Well, if this is the case, then you are not alone. There are plenty of people searching for the answer to why they are not getting what they really want professionally.

Well, there is a solution to every problem and solution to your problem could be in your resume or even in the psychometric test you are invited for as a pre-screening step or even in the interviews. There are chances that your resume interests the recruiter as a highly skilled and suitable candidate but your psychometric assessment score lets him change his mind. Whatever the reason is, the most important thing to remember is – There is always room for improvement. So, check out these 7 reasons which might be holding you back in getting the job you have always dreamt of.

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1. You are not Compatible with the Workplace

Recruiters are not interested in your resume, instead they want to hire a candidate who is able to gel in with the working staff and the environment. They look for someone who has workplace compatibility and that is why many companies are using psychometric assessments to measure a candidate’s working habits and his attitude towards the other team members.

Therefore, to get the job you desire, you must be able to perform well in the psychometric assessment given to you during the recruitment process. Practice is the key to psychometric tests and the more you prepare, the better you perform in the psychometric tests. There are many online sites providing free practice tests starting from reasoning skills, verbal skills, to personality questionnaires.

Apart from judging your abilities from psychometric tests, recruiter is likely to form an opinion about you by your initial mannerism and how you present yourself. Hence, it is crucial for you to dress appropriately and show your abilities in the best presentable manner. This is going to be your only chance to put a thought in the mind of interviewer that you are the best fit for the workplace he/she is looking for.

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2. Know Everything You Possibly Can About the Company

This is one of the mistakes candidates do when they are about to head for an interview. Unless you have sufficient knowledge about what company does and what services do they provide, you will never be in the driver’s seat. When you describe what the company does and how you can help in uplifting the company to the interviewer, you will have an extra edge over other candidates.

3. Make the Pitch

Instead of selling themselves to the potential employer, many job seekers forget that they are salespersons who should solely focus on selling a product or service. A person with a sales background is very well aware of the two basic rules: Solving the problem and asking for the business. After you have taken your boss or the interviewer to your side with your skills and experience, it is the time when you make the pitch by asking for a job in the best possible way.

4. Be More Specific when Applying for a Job

For any job position, they are going to be thousands of applications and the employer or the recruiter will be looking for reasons to skin out your resume from the rest to make the process easy and hassle free. Many times, recruiters find a candidate’s CV irrelevant to the job or recruiter may find him or her over qualified for the job title, but for a candidate who is willing to earn some experience with a particular company, this can kill his or her chances of being selected for the further round. So, be very specific when you are filling the cover letter. By not giving your reasons for joining the company in detail, you may risk your opportunity.

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5. Show Your Skills to the Interviewer

If you hold the required skills and knowledge that company is looking for, but still fails to show them before the interviewer, you are counted among the candidates who have no skills. Always prepare for the interview and research the company before going for the interview. The interviewer may ask you to demonstrate your skills, this is the time when you play your cards right and wins your jackpot. Always come up with some strong examples in case you are asked to talk about certain situations. Always keep a positive mindset.

6. Work on Your Body Language

If you go to interviews with keeping in mind that interviewer is just going to see your resume and ask you about some skills to show, think again. Interviewer is observing candidate all day 6 days a week and has developed body language reading abilities subconsciously. If you answer to a question about transparency in the workplace with your arms and legs crossed, do keep in mind that he or she knows that you are lying. Read body language tips or books and work on your body language to create a vivid impression in the eyes of interviewer.

7. Filling-up False Information in the Resume

Never fill any false information on your resume, whether it is an extended experience or an added skill that you don’t own. A recruiter can easily point out if your resume is true and original or if it has been enhanced. Instead of increasing your chances for a particular job by filling out false information in the resume, you may risk your every opportunity with other employers too. Be very careful while you develop your resume.

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These are the top 7 reasons that are probably stopping you from landing the dream job that you desire. Observe your interviewing pattern and if you find any of the reasons mentioned above relevant to your problem, then work on it and get it rectified.

Featured photo credit: Microsoft via blogs.technet.microsoft.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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