For the average job seeker, the job hunting process is often a grueling process which can often time feel like a full-time job in itself. In this digital age, job seekers have to be smart in order to get the best possible outcome for their job applications. You have to learn how to manage your time by working with a job search schedule, build your resume to make sure it gets to the hiring manager, grow your network for job referrals and know the right job websites to focus on to find up-to-date job listings.
Whoever coined the term “age is nothing but a number” probably never experienced any form of ageism or workplace age discrimination.
Age discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee less favorably because of their age and even though it is against the law to discriminate against anyone in the workplace based on their age.and even though no organization or hiring manager would admit to it, it is
Even though employers would never admit to discriminating against a job seeker based on their age, recruiters have been known to eliminate candidates from the application pool during the hiring process. This is because of the stereotypes associated with age in the workplace some of which are that older workers are out of touch with the latest technology and trends; lack the energy to compete, do not work well with younger supervisors, may want higher salaries and more benefits or are looking to retire too.
Have you ever identified an advertised job that you were qualified for and applied for it only to never get a callback or worse still received an impersonal auto response notifying you of your ineligibility for the position?
If you answered yes, know that you are not alone. You see in todays saturated job market, recruiters are expected to sieve through hundreds of applications for a single advertised job. To make the selection process easier, recruiters have been trained to select applications based on very specific criteria and if your resume does not contain these key terms, you will continue to be passed over for jobs you are qualified for.
According to Joan Kingsley, a consultant clinical and organizational therapist who has spent over 25 years researching workplace psychology, the number one fear for employees is the fear of being fired, this fear ranked higher than the fear of failing on the job and the fear of being disrespected by the boss. People fear getting fired not only because it affects the source of their livelihood but also because many people have come to associate getting the ax as proof that they are the worst at what they do since we have been conditioned to believe that it’s usually the most unproductive employees that get fired.
It’s no doubt that getting fired from a job can be a traumatic professional experience and can leave you feeling hurt, embarrassed, humiliated and broke; but while it can do a number on your self-esteem. you shouldn’t let that singular act define who you are or where you are headed in your career.
In fact getting fired may actually be good for you, and here’s why:
One of the biggest complaints I get from disgruntled employees is how much they are unsatisfied or hate their current jobs and how they would be happier and more productive in a different career. When I ask them why they haven’t made the switch, I’m met with several excuses the most common excuse being how difficult it would be to switch careers at their level as the years of experience they have gained in their current field limits them from being hired because they lack the necessary skills to function in the career of their dreams and they are too experienced to be new hires. While this is indeed a genuine concern, it should not prevent you from making a change.
As a career coach, I constantly come across unemployed and underemployed individuals who feel shortchanged by a rigged recruitment process that prevents them from landing their dream jobs.
While it might be difficult to pinpoint the exact reason you are not getting shortlisted for job interviews, here are five common reasons that may be preventing you from getting a callback:
1. You are still filling online job application forms
If you are still applying for jobs via this medium and expecting a callback, you are wasting your time. Stop it, it was designed to make you and a thousand other job seekers vying for the same position fail. I have never met anyone that got a job via filling an online job application but have met many who haven’t.