Why Haven’t You Landed Your Dream Job Yet? (Part 1)

When it comes to millennials finding a job, it’s not all about the money. According to a May 2014 survey by AfterCollege, 72 percent of college students actually care about what a company does when deciding where to apply. However, college graduates are not guaranteed jobs. In fact, 83 percent don’t have a job lined up before graduation.

Much like a rookie football player entering the pros for the first time, these recent college graduates have to be strategic when they job search. And like a rookie player finally making the team, he has to stand out to make his way from the bench to the field — but he can’t do it alone.

The first in a two-part series, here are five of the top 10 reasons why people aren’t getting the jobs they want and the supporters job seekers need on their side while searching in order to earn a spot on the team:

1. The Cheerleader.

To get to the bottom of why so many people aren’t getting hired after interviews, OI Global Partners interviewed its career consultants in an October 2014 survey. Thirty-three percent of them say people don’t get jobs because they are lacking humor, warmth or personality during the interviewing process.

Interviewees are often timid during interviews not because they lack personality, but nerves are working against them. Everyone needs a cheerleader on the sidelines rooting for them along the way. Because even if they don’t score the job after the interview, they need someone to remind them just how great of a person they are and to encourage them to win the next big interview.

2. The Agent.

When it comes to interviews, researching the company and the person giving the interview is crucial — and the lack thereof is why many fail to secure jobs. In fact, 39 percent of the OI Global Partners consultants say interviewees don’t research a potential employer/interviewer.

When it comes to potential jobs, people sometimes need an outside source to guide them during the job search process like a sports agent. The agent knows the field the job seeker is entering well and where his or her skills will best be used.

Agents are right with the job seeker throughout the process to scope out all prospective jobs and decide together the person’s best choice.

3. The Reporter.

They say there is no such thing as a stupid question. That may or may not be true, but certain questions can make or break a person during a job interview. In reality, 41 percent of professionals agree that people are not asking enough, or the right, questions.

The questions people ask on interviews are just as important as the questions being asked of them. That’s why everyone needs a reporter in the job searching process. The reporter’s curiosity will not only challenge the job seeker in the best way but can even help with crafting all the right questions to ask during a job interview.

4. The Person From Back Home.

You can tell a lot by a football player based on his attitude. For instance, when he isn’t sure of himself, he can miss a catchable ball because he believes he isn’t right for the position. On the other hand, he can be too cocky and do a flip in the end zone which results in a fumble.

In a sense, the same thing can happen to a person job searching, too, because 46 percent of OI Global Partners consultants say people being interviewed often appear over- or under-qualified for the job.

It’s obvious when a person thinks they are too good or not the right person for the job based on attitude. That’s why job seekers need a person from home who knew them before to keep them grounded and act as reminder of where they came from when times get stressful.

5. The Wide Receiver.

If the interviewee can’t connect with the interviewer, he might as well just walk out the door before the interview even begins. In actuality, 49 percent of people don’t get hired because they aren’t able to personally connect with the interviewer.

Being able to connect is everything, just ask a wide receiver. He can be the best receiver in the world — but if he doesn’t connect with the quarterback, he might as well be the worst. Skills alone can only get a person so far.

Interviews are a two-way street. The wide receiver can show this person the ropes on how to network and how to get employers to not only like the interviewee but to also believe in him or her.

Do you believe that a team of supporters can help someone land his or her next job?