When Your Job Search Isn’t Working

executive job searchSearching for employment in the contemporary recruitment world is a challenging and competitive process.

You are usually up against other highly qualified candidates and aggressive job seekers who are keen to climb the corporate ladder just as much as you.


If you have been applying for roles or attending interviews but getting nowhere, you may need to identify exactly where your efforts need improvement, or your strategies need changing.


Resumes are the backbone of the recruitment industry. You may find that you are applying for roles that you feel are on a par with your experience, but then weeks go by and you are not hearing anything back from the employer or recruiter. If this is occurring on an ongoing basis, your resume may be letting you down.

Ask yourself: does you resume adequately reflect your talents? Does it specifically relate to the requirements of the job you are applying for? Is it clear and easy to read, or is it riddled with errors and bad formatting?

A poor resume can often be the culprit behind many unsuccessful applications. Even if your experience is far reaching, if it is not outlined accurately in your resume, you won’t move on to the interview stage.

The solution? Put more time and effort into your resume or consult a professional resume writing service to determine exactly why your resume isn’t working.

Cover Letters

If your cover letter reads poorly or is too long and vague, recruiters will most likely add it to the rejection pile before they even read your resume. Spend some time working on the effectiveness of your cover letter, and ensure that it directly addresses the particular role you are applying for. You will also need to double-check that your cover letter is free of any grammatical errors that could make you appear unprofessional.

If you are unsure how to proceed, a resume writer can also put together a winning cover letter for you that utilises convincing language, and leverages your strengths to appeal to the employer.


If you are getting through to the interview process, congratulations! It probably means that your resume and other documentation are up to scratch. But what if you are not getting further than the first interview every time?

There can be many reasons for this. In some cases, it may be due to the fact that you are not interviewing at your best or creating a good impression with the interviewer. If so, can be beneficial. Coaching sessions can teach you how to respond to interview questions, create rapport with the interviewer, and discuss your strengths confidently and professionally.

Misalignment of Talent

Misalignment of talent is one of the biggest reasons why your job search may not be leading to job success. While your resume and interview skills may be outstanding, you will need to assess whether you have the right abilities and experience to take on the positions you have been applying for. You could be under-qualified or even over-qualified for the role. Consider carefully whether the abilities listed in your resume match with the requirements of each position.

Job Searches

It can often be the case, especially in executive searches, that there are just no suitable positions in the market for you at any given time. If so, this may require you to expand or approach your job searching strategies in a different way.

If you have simply been browsing job websites, expand your techniques by approaching recruiters, employers and headhunters directly. You can also utilise online networking sites to increase your chances of finding suitable roles.  Connecting with influential leaders on LinkedIn, for example, can lead to opportunities that may not be advertised.

If you continue to have issues with your job search, why not speak to a professional consultant at Resumes Australia? Our professional services include executive resume writing, cover letter writing, interview coaching, career coaching and executive search guidance.

kylie hammond

About Kylie Hammond
Executive Search Consultant, Head-Hunter, HR Consultant, Executive Career Coach, Expert Resume Writer & Executive Talent Agent.

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