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!

Executive Outplacement Helps You Transition to a New Career

interviewIn a world of ever changing economy, almost everyone experiences transition in their work life at one time or another. Perhaps you have been caught up in a company’s re-organisation, closure, downsizing efforts, or a redundancy situation.

Companies who need to make dramatic spending cuts by reducing executive staff sometimes contract with firms that provide outplacement services. Executive Outplacement programs are usually prepaid by the employer. Where available, employees are advised to take advantage of this professional assistance that will help them find a new job.

Transition periods can be difficult, but if approached with an open mind and good attitude, can be an opportunity to upgrade your career, and strike a balance between your work and personal life. Executive outplacement addresses the needs of senior employees who are leaving a company and helps them make the transition from one role to another.

In the 1960s, outplacement services were originally developed with the objective of providing alternate offices and facilities for ex-employees to help them in their job search. Nowadays, outplacement services are practical and results-orientated and may deliver executive career coaching, mentoring, strategic networking, and a variety of research and support services to facilitate executive career transition. A executive career coach will specifically design a program to assist an executive identify where they excelled in their most recent position, what they would like to continue doing in the future, and guide them through their career transition to successfully re-engage with the job market.

These experienced and respected coaches have ongoing involvement across all major industry sectors, and have extensive corporate backgrounds, either as managers, consultants or facilitators.

Developing a convincing professional executive resume or curriculum vitae is also critical to career transition. It should be tailored to the position sought, designed to inspire confidence and secure that all important job interview. The quality of your executive resume determines the number of interviews you get, influences the quality of the jobs you are offered and plays a pivotal role in the salary you can command. Your resume only has 30 seconds to make an impression with employers and recruiters, so getting it right could mean the difference between your success and failure.

The outplacement executive coach will advise clients on how they can best position themselves in their chosen industry, and provide network information to ensure prospective employers are alerted with regard to the executive’s qualifications and availability. Outplacement services also benefit the contracting companies by reducing conflict and legal disputes as ex-employees feel supported in their transition.

Visit Resumes Australia to learn more about how we our specialist Executive Outplacement coaches can help you.


kylie hammond

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