Five Reasons You Didn’t Get the Job

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You found what seemed to be the perfect job. It was at the company you have dreamed of working for, a title that you were sure you were meant to hold, and offering a benefits package you were totally coveting. Everything this job was about, was what you have been looking for since the start of your career. So it really sucked to find out someone else got the gig. Look, rejection is brutal, no matter what form it comes in. But when you are literally sitting back and watching someone else sail away on your dream job, it hurts that much more. Which is exactly why it helps to figure out why you didn’t get the job this time – so that you can at least start making changes today that will hopefully give you a leg up the next time a perfect opportunity arises.

They Promoted From Within

More and more companies are starting to recognize the benefits of promoting from within, which is great if you already work for the company you see yourself still being at in 20 years. But if you are hoping to make a change, it can be a little harder to find your “in”. The good news is that if you were bypassed for an internal promotion, that isn’t really about you. There wasn’t much you could have done to change their minds – they likely had their candidate selected before ever posting the job. But the bad news is, if your sights really are set on this specific company – you may have to consider starting a few rungs down the ladder, getting your foot in the door and working your way up.

You Weren’t the Right Fit

Just because a job is your “dream job”, doesn’t mean you are the “dream candidate”. Companies tend to have very specific hiring criteria, and they make those criteria readily available to candidates. If you don’t possess the combination of experience and education they are looking for, you probably won’t get the job. Consider using that list as a starting point for improving upon your resume, though. Just because you weren’t the right fit this time, doesn’t mean you can’t position yourself to be next time.

The Background Check Hurt You

Is your Facebook page set to public, with pictures of you drinking, complaining about your job, and making less than PC remarks readily available for all to see? Did you lie on your resume about your education or work history? Do you have a long list of criminal infractions that are easy enough for anyone to find on the states criminal database? Sometimes, the background check really can hurt you. So lock your social media settings down, be cognizant of what you post, tell the truth on your resume and – address information up front that a recruiter is likely to find with a basic check.

You Blew Your Interview

Most people know when they screw up an interview, but if you’re the oblivious type – brushing up on your interview skills might be worth committing some time to. In general, you should always be researching the company and role before showing up for an interview. Arrive on time, don’t bash your previous job or boss and respond to questions in a confident and professional manner.

Another Candidate Had More to Offer You can’t win them all, and sometimes – there is just another candidate who has more to offer than you do. You may have had all the experience and education they were looking for, but someone else had more. Instead of taking that as a reason to pout and mourn the loss of your dream job, use it as motivation to continue improving upon what you have to offer. You may not have been the top candidate this time, but other opportunities will come around, and you want to be ready when they do!

How to Clean Up Your Online Reputation

no photographyMost of us have a few bits of history in our background we wouldn’t necessarily want to flaunt to hiring managers. A university party that got a little out of hand or that one misunderstanding while out at the bar; the moments where we acted exactly like the immature kids we were at the time. The problem is that nowadays, some of those moments are recorded on the internet for all to see. A badly timed picture here, a less than praise-worthy post there – it all adds up, until before you know it, your internet reputation is enough to turn any hiring manager away.

Google Yourself

Start by assessing the available information out there to get a firm picture of what your internet reputation says about you. Google your name a few different ways, including cities and states where you have lived in the past. Browse through the first few pages of hits that come up, keeping in mind that most hiring managers won’t look beyond page 3 of results. Take note of anything you wouldn’t want hiring managers to see, including information that isn’t actually about you but rather someone else with your same name. Depending on the situation, this might be something you may want to address with a hiring manager before they begin searching themselves.

Search and Destroy

Seek out anything which could be questionable on your social networking accounts and delete it. This includes pictures and posts from several years ago; you never know what could come back to haunt you. Change your privacy settings to as strict as possible and restrict your Facebook account from appearing in search engine results. Don’t allow this to give you a false sense of security though. Just because you think your privacy settings are locked down does not mean they couldn’t somehow change in the future or that someone in your social network couldn’t inadvertently share something you wouldn’t want hiring managers to see. Remain cognizant of what you post, even after going through and cleaning up your profile. Additionally, if you discover something on the internet not posted by you that you would like to see removed, approach the site owners and ask them to take it down.

Begin a Burial Mission

Set out to create new and appealing content about yourself online. Become involved in local activities, such as charity races, where your name will likely appear alongside event updates. Start a blog and begin writing on topics that could set you apart as an expert in your field. Update your LinkedIn Profile or create a Tumblr account using your full name and begin taking appropriate pictures you wouldn’t be embarrassed to have a hiring manager see. Find ways to push any negative content about you online down in the search engine results, burying it with the positive content you are now creating.

Consider Hiring a Service

If all else fails, there are professional options to consider. Make a decision on how bad the information out there currently is and what your future career goals are. If you come to the conclusion that the only way for you to advance in your career will be to make some sweeping changes to your online reputation, begin contacting several different companies to see how they can help you. Compare price structures and promises made, and then allow them to do the work in making your online presence more professionally presentable.

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kylie hammond

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