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!

Is Facebook Stopping you From Securing That Great Role

facebookThe job market has been fiercely competitive for some time, making background and reference checks common tools utilised by most companies. Yet applicants today have to worry about a whole new level of personal investigations that never existed 10 years ago though. With the explosion of social media, many hiring managers turn to the internet before even making a decision on which applicants to grant interviews to. So if your Facebook page is littered with photos of you partying alongside your uni friends and your security settings aren’t personalised to protect you from prying eyes, you could be harming yourself in the job search.

Know Who Your Friends Are

Embarking upon finding a new job is the perfect time to analyze your friends list. If you are Facebook friends with people you have ever met (and everyone they know) over the last 10 years, it might be time to consider reducing the number of people you consider “friends”. Remember that unless you have set up special filters, everyone on your friends list has access to everything you post. You likely know some of these people better than others, but would you trust each of them to give you a potential reference for a new job? When your friends list outnumbers your high school graduation class, it is always possible that someone there could have ties to a company you are hoping to work for. It might be best to reduce your friends down to just those people you know would have your back were they to be asked about your potential as an employee.

Profile Pictures

There is no hiding your profile picture from the world, and cover photos are now viewable by anyone who can get to your page as well. Put serious consideration into the images you choose to highlight on your Facebook page in this way. While you may think the photo of you doing a keg stand at your high school reunion is hilarious, many hiring managers will quickly discount you if they see that is the image you have chosen to represent you to the internet. Remember too that in some circumstances, these photos can be captured by internet search results and for a long time be associated with your name. You can set your privacy settings to restrict some access, but you should still choose your main images very carefully.

View As

To see what others can see, go to your profile page and select the “view as” option. This should bring up a public view of your Facebook page. It can be enlightening to see how much is viewable by the general public that you were previously sure had been hidden. With Facebook constantly changing their settings, you never know what may suddenly become available for the whole world to see. It is advisable to use this tool to check on your current settings regularly, allowing you to remain aware of what hiring managers will come across should they decide to go snooping through social media looking for information about you.

Lock it Up

The best way to protect yourself during the job hunt is to carefully consider everything you post online. Beyond that, you can delete photos from your timeline and set your profile settings to be as secure as possible. If you are really feeling concerned about what your current internet presence may say to hiring managers about you, you might want to consider temporarily closing your Facebook account down until after your job search has proven to be successful.


kylie hammond

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