"Help! I'm not getting interviews"

This seems to be a recurring issue with lots of people. You send out your CV for every job advert and then you hear nothing. Sometimes you will get an automated rejection e-mail but most of the time it is just quiet. You become frustrated, desperate, even depressed because you know you can do great work, but nobody wants to give you a chance.

Well, this could be for a number of reasons and I will talk about a few of them today.

1. Your CV is not easy to read, or it does not make it past the screening process

Your CV is a key component to get you an interview. It must be relevant to the job and must contain keywords from the job advert. If your CV is not easy to read, they will throw it out and simply check the next CV from the hundreds that they have.

Let someone else read your CV (preferably someone that is not your friend) and ask them for feedback.

2. You are applying for every job you see

So, you have an honours degree or a BTech, but you are applying for jobs that require grade 10 or grade 12 only and those jobs seemingly have nothing to do with your qualifications. Technically you are overqualified, even if you have no experience. You could get a job this way, but you will eventually get frustrated because your mind is not being developed in the field you studied for.

Be specific about the type of jobs you want and apply for those only.

3. Your mindset is not what it should be

This is probably the most important aspect of all. I have first-hand experience on how your mindset can work for you or against you. If you believe that there are no jobs, you will not get a job. If you keep thinking about rejection letters, you will keep getting them. If you are obsessing about being unemployed, you will remain unemployed. It is as simple as that. Unemployment is an ugly thing and can cause so much stress and depression, that you will start to doubt yourself every hour of every day.

Change your mindset and live your life as if you already have that job. Get up at 6am and be productive, even if you have no job at the moment. Be positive and grateful for what you have and for what you are about to receive. Use your time to help others, learn a new skill, volunteer in your community. Live the grateful life now, and the interview will come. If you are in a job that you hate, be grateful for that job and start making changes to yourself. Be the best at that job, and a new one will come.

There are many more things I can mention but I will leave it at this for now.

Until next time, stay safe!

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