Why Desperate Job Seekers Don’t Get Hired

The state of our economy has left some job seekers feeling as if they don’t have many places to turn. However, desperation to find a job—and applying to anything and everything you can find—is not an attractive quality to a hiring manager.

Why desperation hurts your job search.

When hiring managers find red flags that indicate desperation, such as a generic-sounding resume—they become concerned about the following:

  1. The candidate is probably not as qualified as other potential candidates. This is because a desperate candidate is willing to apply to any job, even if he or she doesn’t have all the required skills or experience. It is true that some things can be taught, but most likely other, more qualified candidates are out there.
  2. The candidate will not deliver 100 percent. A hiring manager will assume that a desperate job seeker does not necessarily want this job, he or she wants any As such, the candidate won’t be passionate about the position or deliver an exceptional performance. In other words, a desperate candidate can actually hurt the company if he or she is hired.
  3. Desperation does not leave much room for career growth. Especially if the candidate is willing to take a step down in responsibility or pay. This also demonstrates a lack of conviction, pride and self-esteem.
  4. Desperate candidates can be very pushy. They often contact hiring managers multiple times in search of more information about whether or not they have won the job. Not only can this impede the hiring manager’s day-to-day activities, it can be also be bothersome.

What you can do.

Finding a job is much like finding a relationship; desperation is never attractive. You owe it to yourself and your career to find the right job for you. Here’s what you can do.

  • Be patient and trust that the right job is out there. Sometimes it just takes time. Keep looking. Only apply to jobs you really want and for which you are qualified.
  • Customize your resume and cover letter. Each time you apply to a job, be sure to tailor your cover letter and resume to that particular position. Describe how your unique skill set makes you the perfect person for the job. Never submit a generic resume and cover letter.
  • Know your options. There are plenty of ways to keep yourself from feeling desperate for a new job. Consider contacting a former employer, going back to school for an advanced degree, becoming an instructor, opening your own business or even writing a book about your field. As long as you know you have options, you can keep desperation at bay.
  • Contact a recruiter. Staffing firms are experts in placing candidates with best-fit positions. Your recruiter will be aware of jobs that may not be advertised to the general public.

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