These May Be The Reasons You’re Not Getting Hired

Aoibhinn Mc Bride lays down the hard facts on why you may not be front of mind for the job you’re after.

No matter how skilled or experienced you are, job searching can sometimes feel like a job in itself. And if you spent the latter part of last year trying in vain to secure a new job, it can be hard to muster up the motivation to start your search all over again.

What you may not realise is that there’s a skill to job hunting. And with unemployment rates at a 50-year low across Australia, firing off the same CV isn’t going to cut it with future employers.

The good news is that some small tweaks can make a world of difference, and will hopefully put you on a more successful job-hunting trajectory. Below are some of the most common reasons why you’re not getting hired.

1.   You haven’t tailored your CV

When applying for a job, pay particular attention to the job description and see how you can weave key words and phrases into your skills and experience on your CV. Not only will this show hiring managers that you have exactly what it takes and the attributes they’re looking for, it will also allow you to beat the applicant tracking system (ATS) bots. Automated applicant screening is becoming increasingly popular within HR departments and according to data compiled by Jobscan, 99% of Fortune 500 companies globally now rely on ATS to assist with hiring needs.

2.   You haven’t done any interview prep

From why you want to work there, to being asked about yourself, most interviews follow the same format, so you should anticipate the same, or similar, questions every time. The best way to prepare for these questions is to first write down some examples of times you showed leadership, instances where you smashed a sales target and details about the skills you have gained over the course of your career. These facts should inform your answers and will help you stay on track during an interview so you don’t go off on a tangent.

3.   You’re being too formal

While facts and figures will give the person interviewing you a good insight into your capabilities to get the job done, hiring managers also want to get a good gauge of the person behind the CV to see if you’ll mesh with the team. While professionalism is a non-negotiable, being too formal can sometimes be confused with being disinterested or cold, so don’t be afraid to engage in small talk during your interview, add personal anecdotes and show enthusiasm for the job and company you’re interviewing for.

4.   You’re not networking

Networking with your professional peers doesn’t guarantee a job offer but a recent study by Techjury has found that 95% of people agree better business relationships are built through face-to-face meetings. Plus, once your professional peers know you’re looking for a new job, they’re more likely to recommend you or let you know about openings and opportunities.

5.   You’re not applying to enough jobs

If you’re actively looking for a new job, you probably want your next job to be right; to be perfect. But could holding out for the “perfect” job be hampering your search? While applying for roles where you don’t meet any of the criteria won’t work in your favour either, limiting your applications could be lessening your chances of getting the job you really want.

That’s especially true if you really want to work for a specific company or organisation. Often, hiring managers will keep CVs on file in case they’re a match for future listings, so having your hat in the figurative ring is essential.

With that in mind, have you directed your search towards the Professional Beauty Job Board? It’s packed with hundreds of opportunities in companies that are actively recruiting, like the three highlighted below.

MAC & Bobbi Brown, Online Executive, The Estée Lauder Companies, Australia

The Online Executive is responsible for supporting and enabling the achievement of online retail sales goals and will be tasked with managing the online relationships with and PurePlay, so that brands that are part of The Estée Lauder Companies are top of mind. You’ll execute the seasonal marketing program support for basic business, product launches, and promotions for retail partners and in collaboration with the senior online manager, you’ll update and maintain internal roadmap documents to drive sales. Find more details about this role here.

Professional Makeup Artist – Melbourne Central, Sephora, Melbourne

Sephora is a global leader in omni-channel beauty retailing, and a division of LVMH. As a Professional Makeup Artist, you’ll be a key team member who inspires and helps customers become the best version of themselves. You’ll be encouraged to explore, create emotional connections, and help customers discover Sephora’s products. The ideal candidate will have previous makeup artistry experience, be knowledgeable about what’s new and trending with beauty products, fragrance, makeup, and skincare and be responsive to situations in-the-moment and stay aware of changing store priorities as they arise. You can apply for this position here.

Clinic Manager, Artisan Aesthetic Clinics, Maroochydore

Artisan Aesthetics Group is looking for a Clinic Manager who can lead and grow a busy cosmetic clinic located in the heart of Maroochydore in the Sunshine Coast. As a client-centric business, Artisan’s focus is on providing real and natural results for clients and supporting their skin-health and wellness goals. The successful candidate will be tasked with leading and developing a team of clinicians and client experience consultants to deliver outstanding services and treatments to clients, which ultimately leads to exceptional client outcomes and clinic profitability. If this sounds like your dream career move for 2023, apply for the job here.

For more exciting opportunities in beauty, visit the Professional Beauty Job Board today

This article was produced in partnership with Jobbio.

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