Here’s why you might not be getting a job

Kristine Tarbert
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

It’s the age-old question – whether you’re fresh out of uni, changing jobs or career paths – why am I not getting a job?

You might think you’ve done everything right but it turns out there are a few mistakes many of us make when it comes to landing that dream gig.

And if you’ve been on the job hunt for a while without any success you’re not alone.

As of April this year, Australia’s jobless rate was at a nine-month high on 5.6 per cent, according to Trading Economics.

The youth unemployment rate in Australia has also increased to 12.60 per cent.

Struggling to get the job you want? Photo: Getty

But there are things you can do to improve your chances.

Here Ashleigh McKeown who has released a book called ‘S**t you’re an adult now – what I didn’t learn at school but wish I had’, details some of the most common reasons you might be struggling to get a job.

Don’t just apply for the one job
“Don’t just apply for that one job you like,” Ashleigh tells Be.

If you desperately want to get into a certain company, see what else they might have available.

“Those can build to greater things because it shows a loyalty to them.”

Ignoring the job advertisement
The advertisement and their website will literally tell you the key phrases you should use in those documents.

Are you making some of these common mistakes? Photo: Getty

Not researching the company
“Employees require experience, and you might have none. But there are some things you can do,” Ashleigh tells us.

She suggests making sure you thoroughly research the company you are applying for. Many people make the mistake of not doing this and then get stumped at having to explain why they would make the best fit to the team.

Everything is experience
“Look at what the job is actually asking for,” she says. Because while you may not have industry experience, plenty of things you’ve done in the past probably match what they are looking for.

“You will find that you most likely already have those attributes, all you need to do is package them properly in your cover letter, resume and interview.”

Ashleigh has released a new book full of tips for young adults. Photo: Supplied

Always follow up every interview
Even if you don’t get the gig, following up an interview is one of the most important things you can do. Ashleigh says to ask for feedback and learn from it. You might not realise something you are saying or doing was the reason you didn’t get the job over someone else and that’s the only way to fix it.

Get your foot in the door
Any way you can. If you have the financial stability to do so then offering volunteer work as an intern can really help give your experience a boost, Ashleigh says.

“You not only get experience, but it’s also a great networking opportunity,” she says. “Sometimes it can come down to not what you know, but who you know.”

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