I can’t get a job because…

In: Job & Career Tips

30 Oct 2009

There is hardly a job seeker that can’t give you a really “good” reason why their situation is worse than most and they can’t get a job because of it.  Certainly there are challenges that many people face that may make it more difficult, but most people over estimate how large those challenges are. Also, there is almost no challenge that can’t be overcome with the right attitude, approach, and determination.

I regularly hear people tell me that they can’t get a job because:

  • I’m too old and face age discrimination.
  • I’m too young and companies are hiring older more experienced people.
  • I don’t have a degree.
  • I’m over qualified with my graduate degree. image
  • They are only hiring men.
  • They are only hiring women.
  • I have physical restrictions.
  • Companies want more experience with a particular skill.
  • Companies don’t want much experience these days.
  • I have too many jobs on my resume.
  • I’ve been at one company too long.
  • Companies are only hiring consultants.
  • Companies are focused on diversity, and I’m not “diverse”.
  • I’m a minority and face discrimination.
  • It’s a “Good Old Boys” network, and I’m not a “Good Old Boy”.
  • …and many, many more.

The reality is, depending on the company, each of those things may be true. AND depending on the company, none of those things are true.

After 23 years in the executive search business, I can honestly tell you that many of the traditional barriers that used to be common, are all but gone.  “Conventional Wisdom” about age, or race, disability, or sex discrimination just don’t exist anywhere near where they used to even 10 or 20 years ago.  Certainly there are instances where it occurs, however, they are isolated and rare.  Most people that are convinced that they are being singled out though, “find” discrimination, or negative business reasons everywhere.

In fact, for almost any person that gives a reason why they cannot get hired, you can find another person with the same circumstances that got a job.  It may take more effort. It may take a different approach. However, the biggest stumbling block to getting a job is often the mindset of the seeker.

As in anyone’s job search, they can benefit by some good search tips:

  • Call company contacts instead of applying online and waiting.
  • Network, Network, Network! [Via Facebook, Twitter and Salam Business Club too]
  • Follow up regularly – persistence pays.
  • Pursue all leads, you don’t know where the right job will come from.
  • Put in enough daily time and effort – treat your search like a full-time job.
  • Be prepared – in introductions, interviews, phone calls, follow ups, etc.
  • Keep a positive attitude!

Most people don’t treat their job hunt like a full-time job, and so their search drags on much longer than necessary.  When the job doesn’t come in the timeframe they’d like, it’s easier to blame it on other circumstances.

Plan your work, and work your plan and the right situation will come!

By Harry Urschel – Visit his blog

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8 Responses to I can’t get a job because…


James Daniel

November 16th, 2009 at 06:17

Absolutely Right


Tahira Shahid

November 17th, 2009 at 18:37

salambc.just joined u. u r doing an amazing job .mubarik ho.



December 1st, 2009 at 08:25

i m unable to send my cv to any job becoz ur provided job links are connected with the AlJazera website which has paid accounts required so m uanble to make paid account in Aljazera website that’s y could not send my cv to any job…
kindly help me out i have compalint too many times but no response uptil now.


nasreen joyia

December 1st, 2009 at 10:27

this is a good website. it like it. i hope this is helpful for me because i need a job in UAE



December 4th, 2009 at 21:15

I am unable to send my cv to any job becouse you are provided job links are connected with the AlJazera website which has paid accounts required so I am uanble to make paid account in Aljazera website that’s why could not send my cv to any job…



December 7th, 2009 at 10:02

I am facing the same difficulty. Aljazeera want money for accepting Cv which I can not pay for certain reasons.


Khalil Aleker

December 7th, 2009 at 10:19

Salam Business Club is not providing links to the Al Jazeera Jobs website.

Please address this issue to the person that sends you the job offers.

Thank you :)



December 21st, 2009 at 09:43

which u r provide it’s very usefull to us.
thank u for salam business club


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