As a practising HR and Talent Acquisition Professional for over a decade, I am going to give you some hard truths whether you like it or not, if you want to secure a job soonest possible, because these are realities in life. Career coach can only do so much. Most of it is entirely up to you.
1 – You have sent only a miserly 100 job applications in 2 years? That works out to way less than 1 job application a day! In today’s extremely competitive job market, how do you expect to edge out over those very aggressive job seekers? You should be sending out on average at least 15 – 20 job applications a day!
2 – It is okay to repeat the same job application for the same job with the same company / recruitment agency. Employers and recruitment agencies receive hundreds of resumes everyday, it is common that they might miss some resumes including yours. Keep resending helps them to notice you eventually. Even if they might have missed your resume, subconsciously they will recall your name once they keep seeing it appearing from your resent resumes.
3 – Build your detailed profiles in as many relevant job sites and career sites as possible, even some major recruitment agencies sites where their systems enable candidates to build their profiles. Keep your profile as OPEN for all potential employers and agencies to access to you easily. If you keep your profile as PRIVATE, employers and agencies will think that you are not actively needing a job, therefore they will dismiss you easily and move on to the next, and they will never look back at you again.
4 – Re-structure your resume and presentation. More often than not, it is the presentation and layout of a resume that gives the 1st impression of the candidate to prospective employers and agencies. It is like your 1st date. Once the 1st impression is a negative one, most of us would not even think of going on another date with the same person. Same rule applies to how your resume looks.
5 – Be realistic on your expectations about the job, salary, perks, etc. You need to balance your expectations and you must adapt to what it is today. This is very critical especially in today’s economy situation. It is an employers’ market today, whether you like it or not. If you continue to “hope” like so many unrealistic people in denial, you will never find a reasonable job which you need for financial reasons. Worse, continue with unrealistic expectations, like most people in total denial in today’s situation and still insist living in the past glory, you will never find a job any time soon.
6 – Hard truth is : employers prefer younger counterparts as they are more creative, versatile, more energy and vibrant, certainly less expensive than those like yourself late 30s and early 40s onwards. TAFEP is only a guide to encourage employers to adopt fair employment practices. But this is only so much TAFEP can do. All decisions are still down to employers. In order to maintain some level of employability, you need to be even more realistic to adapt to current market.
Hope the above helps you understand and take much more initiatives in your job hunt.
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