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Why You Are Still Hunting for that Perfect Employment Opportunity
Author: Andrew Seward
Date: 15th March 2017

In work or out of work: finding work is hard. It’s financially draining when you’re out of work and for every rejection, there’s emotional drainage too.

The sooner you’re in work the better and you’ll do that by identifying where you’re going wrong, or what your job search needs before you’ll be attractive to prospective employers.

Ideas to get your job search going full steam ahead

  • Get super proactive

Visualisation may well be powerful for some, but for others, it can only be described as wishful thinking. Jobs don’t just present to people for no reason. People seek them out by being proactive.

If you’re in work, mingle with co-workers and broaden your professional network. If you’re out of work go to events where those in your field can meet you, get to know you and connect with you.

  • Develop your self-confidence

Negative thinking is most certainly going to drain you emotionally. It’s hard to appear enthusiastic when you’re mentally drained. Employers are turned off by the lack of enthusiasm showing in candidates. However, the enthusiasm may very well be there, but not on the day of the interview because you’re self-sabotaged by thinking – what’s the point? It’s not like I’m going to get hired.

Even being the best candidate with the perfect skill set will not get you hired if you don’t have the enthusiasm to show your interviewer that you’re up for the task and challenge ahead.

Get excited and show your enthusiasm. Seize the opportunity.

  • The skills gap

Nobody can know everything. When employers hire new staff, they know what they want. That’s indicated on the job description. You match that, but what you can also do is add to those skills. Be better than they expect. The more skills you bring to the table, the more attractable you are to the employer.

If you really want to ace the interview, single out companies that you know aren’t doing great because those are the easiest ones to show you can help them and actually do that when they do hire you. It’s hard to stand out in a thriving company because it’s the existing teams that have made it successful.

Stagnant companies that aren’t doing much… those are the easiest to stand out by doing meaningful tasks above your job description, showing you care about the company and can work with others to help ensure company growth, rather than just enduring your job.

  • Address any qualifications dilemma


Receiving a letter stating you’ve been unsuccessful because you’re overqualified for a position is usually met with sheer frustration, possibly followed by anger or resentment.

Underqualified though, you’ll feel the company wanted too much. Both are actually signs you’re applying for the wrong types of jobs.

Either positons below your expected pay grade, in which you’re selling yourself short, or it’s the opposite and you’re shooting off applications for jobs that are clearly out of your league, which would indicate you don’t quite grasp the concept of a career ladder. You won’t become a regional director without any managerial experience under your belt.

If you’re being rejected based on being overqualified or underqualified, you need to consider the type of jobs you’re applying for and how you’re doing it because applying for a position you’re overqualified for indicates you’re desperate for work, in which case it raises the question why. If you’re so good at what you do, why aren’t you doing it? Applying for positions you’re underqualified for can prove you haven’t read the job requirements, or – you’re clearly not a professional with a concept of how to get ahead in your career. 

For jobs you feel you’d be underqualified for, you’re only option is to upskill and get the qualifications you need. If on the other hand, you’re presenting as being overqualified, you’d probably be best to tailor your CV to match the requirements of the position you’re applying for.

You only need to let employers know you have the qualifications they require. Take the approach of disclosing qualifications on a need to know basis, as in – this company needs to know I hold a Level 4 Certificate in Management and Leadership, but they do not need to know that I also hold a BTEC Level 7 in Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

There may be some job descriptions where it’s worthwhile holding back on certain information.