5 Reasons You’re Not Getting Hired

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The job market is still competitive, although the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 6.7 percent unemployment rate for February, which is actually a decrease from most months in the previous few years. Despite a decline in the unemployment rate in February, that number still represents 10.5 million unemployed Americans.

There are several legitimate reasons that people are jobless — from making a conscious decision to stop trying, to just not being able to secure a job in a preferred field despite the right qualifications. However, there are many other reasons that people remain unemployed that could easily be fixed. If you’re resume isn’t up to par, if you’re not taking your interviews seriously, or your references are not the best, you may be holding yourself back from obtaining a great job. Read on to see if you’re making any of the five mistakes that could stop you from getting a job.

1. Your resume is lacking

Your resume is the first thing that most employers see, and if it isn’t right, you won’t get an interview. One of the biggest mistakes that job seekers make is taking the lazy approach: if you want to get a job, you need to tailor your resume to the specific job you are applying for, which means having several different versions of your resume. If possible, create a resume that shows your ability to fill a specific job opening, and further, one for the company you are hoping to join. While you want your resume to stand out, you should make it as clear as possible and avoid fonts that are difficult to read; you also should put important info near the top of your resume and try to keep it as close to one page as possible. Finally, have someone proofread your resume for errors.

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