5 reasons why you're not finding a job (and how to overcome them)

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Finding the right job to build a lifelong career around is no easy business. But this reality does not entitle you to a lifetime of bitter complaining about the lack of job opportunities out there. Change can only come about once you've clearly identified the underlying obstacles behind your unemployment and implemented the right tools to conquer them.

1. You don't know where to look. Above all, your job search results depend on where you've been looking. Random Google searches are definitely not the way to go about it. Optimize your search for relevant openings by signing up for online job portals, bookmarking the 'career' section of relevant companies' websites for subsequent follow-ups and customizing your interests on LinkedIn.

2. You've failed to optimize your online persona. Online presence is a decisive factor in the life of millennials in today's ever-evolving and increasingly competitive job market. Having a sustainable online image is thus a surefire access pass to an employer's list of top candidates. Don't know where to begin? You can always follow these nine steps to enhance your personal brand and increase your visibility online.

3. Your CV is not up-to-date. There is no standard recipe for the perfect résumé. But a well-written, frequently updated record is the most basic way to solicit the attention of potential employers. In order to make your life a tiny bit easier, we've made a list of résumé mistakes that no modern-day job seeker (i.e. yourself) should be making (we also highly advise you to rid your CV of these six overused buzzwords).

4. You've missed out on networking opportunities. Effective networking is a key determinant of success in today's professional environment. And for those of you who still struggle with the process of establishing new connections with other professionals within their field of interest, our beginner's guide to effective networking is guaranteed to set your feet on the right track.

5. You get bored easily. Searching for new professional opportunities is an ongoing process that often does not generate useful results overnight. A few failed attempts are by no means an excuse for you to give up on your job search. And lazy two-minute searches are a definite no-no. You need to be patient, insightful and persistent in order to ultimately fall upon the right job match for you.


Christina Fakhry