6 Reasons You’re Still Unemployed

Do you continue to ask yourself why you’re still unemployed? Getting a new job is a difficult task, trying to find one with the stress of being unemployed is even harder! Many people think that blasting out a resume to every employer in town with an open position is the most effective way to find a new job, but it’s not. There are so many actions unemployed job-seekers can take to improve their search and many are often neglected. If you are struggling with finding a new job, here a few reasons you may be having trouble.
1) You’re not networking
One of the most valuable tools in your job search is your network. From family members to former colleagues, reach out to all of them! Everyone you know should be aware that you’re looking for work so they can keep you in mind for any positions they come across. Since you’re unemployed, you should be out there everyday talking to people, attending networking events and getting your name out there in your industry. It may seem like a lot of work, and it is, but it’s invaluable as a job seeker. Sitting behind your computer screen won’t get you very far!
2) You’re not presenting yourself well
From your resume to your cover letter to your phone interview skills, you have to hone in on every detail an employer sees and perfect it as much as you can. Make sure that all emails and communications with a potential employer are error free. It takes a lot of work, just like networking, but presenting yourself professionally at every step in the process is essential to getting your new job.
3) You’re applying everywhere
Recruiters and hiring managers will see that you blanket cover letters and resumes to every position they post. They won’t be more inclined to call you for an interview just because you applied 10 times. This goes along with #5 in that you have to have a plan. Applying to any and every position will only make recruiters think you’re desperate and they’ll begin to ignore your applications when they come in. Be selective about what positions and where you apply.
4) Negative mindset
It’s easy to get down when you’ve been unemployed and unsuccessful at finding your next job. It won’t help though! During your period of unemployment, staying as positive as possible about potential opportunities and your skills will show in your interviews. If you show up to an interview down and defeated, the hiring manager will notice. Look at the upside of your job search and consider each interview or potential opportunity a step in the right direction.
5) You’ve got no plan
You may think scouring job boards and applying to any decent position is all you need to do, but you have to be more strategic in a search. Map out potential titles, employers, positions and qualifications you’re going to stick to in your search. Sign up for email alerts from sites like Indeed and apply strategically. This also goes along with networking, connect to people at the companies you’re interested in and try and methodically work your way up to an interview.
6) You’re asking for too much
If you were at a certain level at your last job and you’re unwilling to budge on a salary cut, rethink this. Every company has different budgets and salary levels and if you’re asking too much from the get go, it can hinder your chances of moving along through the interview process. Research as much as you can about the potential company’s salary requirements and what they are offering, don’t go too far above. Sites like glassdoor.com offer some good insight on larger employers.

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What Do Recruiters Look For?

Job-seekers often ask how they can stand out from the crowd. Being unique and having impressive professional experience are obviously important but there are some things that many forget when looking for a new job. So, what do our recruiters look for in their candidates? We asked our team of 4 recruiters what the top traits they look for in a job-seeker and it’s not as crazy and out of the ordinary as you might think.
1. Professionalism
From the beginning, interactions with candidates should be professional. No hiring manager or recruiter is going to be able to take candidates seriously if they aren’t approaching their career in a professional manner. From the first step throughout the hiring process, recruiters look for professional and engaging interactions.
2. Punctuality
A candidate that is respectful of the interviewer’s time does wonders for their image in the hiring process. There are times that this may not be possible due to unforeseen circumstance so make sure to communicate any issues promptly. Punctuality throughout the hiring process, from phone calls to in-person interviews, is imperative if you’re looking to impress a recruiter or hiring manager.
3. Communication
Especially in the marketing industry, communication is a key attribute recruiters hope to see in candidates. If a candidate can’t communicate their experiences or communicate in general, how would a recruiter expect them to perform in the actual job? Possessing both written and verbal communication skills is essential and can help a recruiter consider you as a top candidate.
4. Responsiveness
If a recruiter or hiring manager calls you and you miss the call, call them back as soon as you can! If this is a position you’re interested in, you should be as responsive as possible when the recruiter tries to contact you. Whether it’s an email or phone call, being responsive and timely with your recruiter can make a big difference.

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How to Address Your Salary Expectations

The interview process can be daunting to say the least, from looking professional to being prepared, job seekers are under tremendous pressure. It’s easy to forget about one imperative topic: salary expectations. When an interviewer asks what your salary expectations are in your next role, you should have a clear and coherent answer. There are countless horror stories about jobseekers blindly throwing out numbers that can make or break your chances of getting hired.
It’s a hard topic to discuss if you haven’t already thought about your answer and taken the necessary steps to prepare.

A few tips to help you address salary expectations:

Do the research

Actually sit down and find out as much as you can about the going rate for the position you’re interviewing for. Salary websites can often be misleading based on location and the scope of responsibility for each job. So, ask around, find out what people in your area in a similar role are making and base your salary expectations off realistic numbers. You can also reach out to local professional organizations/recruiters to get a better idea of what they are seeing as far as salary/hourly rates for your position.

Provide a range

Instead of coming up with a hard number, look at what you’re making right now and what other professionals are making in your line of work and find a range that works for you. Make sure that whatever range you come up with that you will be happy with the low end. If you say 45K-50K, you will have to be comfortable with 45K because that’s what you told the employer you’d be ok with.

Don’t play games

If you’re making 45K at your current position and you tell an employer you’re looking to make 60K+, you’re treating your career like a game of poker. While asking for a salary increase from your current position is completely ok, you should be realistic about how much more you’re asking for and make sure it’s relatively close to what the employer is offering for the position. If the potential employer somehow found out you asked for 15K more than you said you were making, they might consider you untrustworthy and not even consider hiring you. Companies can also request w-2’s or pay stubs to verify salary, so you don’t want to be caught being dishonest.

Identify why you’re valuable

If you have special skills, certifications and abilities that the employer might otherwise have to train people in on, express the value of you already having those skills. If you’re Google certified in AdWords, classes can cost up to $500 to become certified. Go through your resume and gather this information so you can express it in salary negotiations.

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The 10 Golden Rules of Working With a Recruiter

Working with a good recruiter is an excellent option for both passive and active job seekers. Recruiters can have access to jobs, market information, insights, tips and connections that many people do not. If you haven’t worked with a recruiter before there are some ways to get the most of out the experience. Here are the 10 golden rules (for candidates) on how to work with a recruiter, according to Celerity’s recruiters!
1. Be honest. From start to finish always be honest with your recruiter on what you’re looking for, your salary needs, and other opportunities. A good recruiter will return the favor. Neither party will benefit from dishonesty during the job search.
2. Be responsive. If your recruiter calls you, call them back! If your recruiter contacts you, it’s usually for good reason. It may be a job offer, updates, or a new position that needs to be filled yesterday. Commit to being available and responsive throughout your time working with a recruiter.
3. Be courteous. Recruiters are working for their clients, but also want to help you in your job search. Try to respect their time and communicate when you have updates or questions. They usually do not have a lot of time to give suggestions on your resume or where to look for positions. However, a good recruiter will coach you on their clients process and be an advocate for you.
4. Be available. Recruiting is a very time sensitive industry. A client could call and ask to interview you that day.  While this isn’t always possible, if you’re serious about your job search, try and be accommodating and available to ease the process.
5Be proactive. Just because you met with a recruiter doesn’t mean you can sit back and stop your job search. If you’re unemployed or need a new job ASAP, you should continue to work on your job hunt and don’t rely 100% on recruiters.
6. Stay in touch. Perhaps you took a 3 month contract job, make sure near the end of your contract you let your recruiter know what you’re looking to do and they can keep you in mind for future positions. Recruiters work with hundreds of candidates at a time and won’t always know when you’re available so stay in touch.
7. Be ethical.  If you have signed an agreement with a particular recruiter, make sure you understand the agreement and ask any questions you might have.
8. Be prepared. Before you even start connecting with recruiters, have your best resume prepped, practice your interview skills and know what you’re looking for. The more prepared you are the faster a recruiter can get you in process for open positions.
9. Be decisive. Before an offer comes, be prepared to accept or decline it. One of the most detrimental things you can do to your opportunities is waiting to make a decision. The client may get offended at waiting or another candidate may join the process and your offer will expire.
10. Be open. Your recruiter might share opportunities you hadn’t initially pictured yourself interested in. Perhaps you were thinking large corporate but an awesome opportunity that fit your background opened at a small firm. Be open to new opportunities so that your recruiter will not rule you out before you even get to hear about the role.

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How to Handle Job Rejection

Getting rejected from a job opportunity you’re excited about can be detrimental to your confidence in your job search. The application and interview stages are usually quite a process and no matter where you are in that process, if you get rejected, it’s tough. Many candidates internalize this and it can majorly affect the motivation to jump back into your search. So, how do you overcome the rejection in a job search?
Reflect on the experience
When you experience a ‘no’ in your job search, take the opportunity to turn it into a learning experience. Is there anything you wish you would have done differently throughout the hiring process? Did you learn anything about yourself? i.e. interview skills you need to work on, job responsibilities you do/don’t want to do. Take what you learned throughout the process and work on applying that to your next interview experience and become an even stronger candidate. Did the hiring manager give you any feedback? Use that too!
No bridge burning
One of the most difficult things to do when you’ve been rejected by an employer is to move on from the experience and not let it get you down. It’s easy to be angry and bad-mouth the employer, but you want to make sure you’re smart and avoid burning any bridges for future employment opportunities. If the company took time to interview you and included you in their pool of candidates, they saw you as a viable option and could possibly consider you again if the position opens. You could also potentially reach back out to the connections you made for networking purposes.
Fuel the fire
Your natural instinct might be to give up and lose momentum, don’t do this! Use the rejection from the opportunity and let it motivate you even more! As mentioned before, use this as a learning experience to become the best candidate you can be. Get back out there and don’t let one or even a few rejections get you down, your perfect opportunity could be on it’s way. Getting turned down by an opportunity you were excited about is tough no matter what but if you handle it in the right way, it can end up benefiting you in the long run!

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