Factors That May Be Hurting Your Job Search

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The labor market has been booming for the last few years, giving employees and those seeking jobs more power and say than most are used to from their employers. But just because the overall labor market may be favoring employees at the moment, it doesn’t mean that everyone searching for work can find a job. If you have been looking for work and have been unable to find an employer, there may be something wrong with your package. Here are three factors that may be hurting your job search and what you can do about them.

Interview Performance

The first factor that may be hurting your job search is your interview performance. If your resume looks great on paper and you have the skills, experience, and education necessary for the jobs you are applying for, consider if your interview skills may need some brushing up. This is especially true if you’ve received plenty of interview offers but no job offers. Make sure that your body language in your job interview conveys a positive, and confident disposition. You should also make sure to dress appropriately and appear presentable when making your first impression at the interview for success.

Social Media

Another factor that could be hurting your job search is your social media accounts and posts. Half of employers these days are checking job candidates’ social media accounts. Employers aren’t taking the time to look through social media accounts of job candidates just for fun – they are looking for posts that may not reflect the company’s values and culture. If your social media accounts are full of potential offensive, unprofessional material, ideas, and photos, you should consider making your accounts private or starting fresh with a new public account that better represents you to your employers.

Not Following Up

The final factor that may be hurting your job search is not following up after interviews with potential employers. After you have your interview, in the next few days you should send an email or letter to the person who interviewed you thanking them for their time and reaffirming your hope to work for their business. While this may seem like a silly, simple step, when people making hiring decisions hear from candidates that they enjoyed their interview, and are excited about your business, they are more likely to hire you.

Searching for work can be incredibly challenging. But if you’ve been struggling to find work recently, you need to make sure your package is not the problem. Be aware of these three factors that could be hurting your job search and do your best to overcome them.

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How to Expand Your Education for Better Job Opportunities

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Trying to get certified later in life can be quite difficult. Whatever the reason, you may find yourself in a position where you need to expand your education, don’t be intimidated! Learning and gaining experience are possible at any age and in any circumstance.

Find a Trade School

If you need to find a career to pursue, but either cannot afford it or do not particularly want to go through college, you should consider trade school. Not only are there a great variety, and not only are they relatively quick and cheap, but you will be set with a career for the rest of your life that is always in demand. You can go on to work in software development, nursing, paralegal duties, electricity installation and repair, plumbing, HVAC repair, occupational therapy, and more. While not as glorified as college-graduate careers, trade school jobs are mostly growing, pay decently, and offer decent job security no matter where you go.

Go to a Community College

If you need a college degree, don’t be worried! You can attend a university as an irregular student, or you can even attend a community college. Community colleges are great for a few reasons – they are open enrollment (meaning everybody can attend), but they also often offer high-quality programs and degrees in whatever field you might want. They also tend to be a whole lot cheaper than state universities or private universities. There are a few caveats: you will probably need to take one or more standardized tests, like the GED. You can take the GED test online or in person. Research your local community college to know if they have the field that you want, and what tests will be required.

Take an Online Course

The internet houses a wealth of educational resources that can be fantastic for learning on the cheap or on the fly. There is also a large variety; you’ll probably be able to learn the basics of practically any skill for free, off of YouTube (or other sites where people just want to share knowledge). Khan Academy and Codecademy are two examples. However, if you want to dig deeper, you can pay a fee to take a course from any number of professional resources to learn a new job-worthy skill. Many offer free trials as well.

You may be at a difficult place in life currently. Few people want to have to learn an entirely new skill and get into a new career field later in life. But sometimes, that’s just your circumstance. And that’s okay! Thousands of people do it every day. Have confidence that you can learn and become just as knowledgeable as anybody else.

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