6 Challenges with Job Hunting


Today, job seekers all over the world face unprecedented levels of competition in the jobs market. Some areas more so than others. However, I have observed six challenges that job seekers commonly have to contend with. 

1. Not being given feedback from an employer as to why their application was unsuccessful.

I wish employers would provide proper feedback as to why a candidate was unsuccessful for a role they applied for, rather than email out a standard email saying that on this occasion they were not successful…please let us know specifically why?!

It’s frustrating that employers hardly ever give proper feedback to job seekers.

The truth is though when an employer posts a job, they are likely to receive hundreds of applications from candidates. Now you can imagine how difficult it would be for an employer to provide individualised responses and reasons to every single job seeker, and then have to respond to follow up questions. This is one of the reasons why ClientCentric provide interview skills coaching because employers are not given the feedback people deserve.

2. Every application takes time and effort, which requires patience and focus.

It is crucial to personalise each individual job application. For example, if you are addressing key selection criteria, make sure that you incorporate aspects of the role. You don’t want to be sending out an application that isn’t relevant to the position. If you need help addressing selection criteria for government jobs, ClientCentric can help as they are the best selection criteria writers in Australia.

3. Not every job is going to be the same. They differ in skills and experience required. Plus, location and pay rate matters too.

Unfortunately, you may come across a job that seems perfect, only to find out that it’s located two hours away from where you live. Or the job may be close to you, but the pay rate is far lower than what you expect. These are important things to consider.

4. Trying to stay focused and not let emotions run high.

It’s important to stay focused and not let your emotions get in the way of writing up a great application. It is like buying a car. You may see a car and instantly get emotional about it, without thinking logically to make sure that you can negotiate for the best price. The same is true with job applications. It’s important to think clearly about the role and be prepared in your mind that you may not be successful and continue applying for other jobs.

For this very reason, some people choose to utilise the services of a professional employment services business and have their CV and cover letter professionally written and tailored by the experts.

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By Matthew Coppola

5. Making sure that your cv and cover letter market you.

Advertised jobs receive hundreds of applications, so a generic CV is just going to get lost and most likely not make the cut. Once you tailor your resume to your target job, it will be an instant win for you. ClientCentric are Australia’s best CV writers and they can write for you a professionally written and tailored CV that you can use to apply for jobs with great confidence. Another thing to think about is having a stand out LinkedIn profile.

6. Dealing with some recruiters who may be just trying to collect candidate resumes.

Unfortunately, recruiters advertise for multiple roles at the same company, only for there to be one job. Their real intention is to obtain resumes of candidates which they can then use to market to other prospective employers or keep candidates on their database. This is just something to be aware of that can happen.

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By Matthew Coppola

Published by Matthew Coppola - Career Coach, Employment Specialist and Professional CV Writer

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him many years of experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview. Matthew regularly writes new articles on a variety of employment related topics and posts these to his personal website blog matthewcoppola.com

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