These Reasons Might Be Why You Aren’t Getting Hired

It can be super frustrating to try to find a job and face rejection or ghosting along the way. There are so many reasons a hiring manager may not choose you for a position that it’s hard to list them all. But there are a few common reasons why job seekers may not get the offer. Here are some things to consider as you continue your job search.


Your Resume Isn’t Hitting the Right Keywords

Many companies use applicant tracking systems to sort resumes. They will search their system for the keywords most important to the job, so you may be overlooked if your resume doesn’t include them. Be sure to add applicable keywords from the job description to your resume.


You’re Applying to the Wrong Jobs

It may be that you’re not applying to jobs that are suited to you. Ensure you’re not underqualified as you apply for jobs or hiring managers won’t take your application seriously. However, if you feel they should hire you based on potential, include your reasons in the cover letter.


You’re not Applying to Enough Jobs

Sometimes finding a job is a numbers game. You must apply for many jobs before getting a single call back. Don’t just cherry-pick a handful of jobs, be sure to cover your bases with multiple opportunities.


You’ve Not Told Anyone You’re Looking

Sometimes it’s all about who you know. If you’re not telling people in your network that you’re actively looking for a new job, you may be missing out on connections that could make all the difference. Tell your friends and family, connect with local marine networking groups, and even talk to the people you meet in line at the bank or grocery store. You never know where an opportunity will be.


You Haven’t Prepared Enough for the Interview

Maybe you’ve received a call back from your application but lost out after the interview. This might be because you haven’t prepared enough. Make sure you research the company before you show up for your interview. Review your resume. And know your answers to commonly asked questions.


Your Attitude Doesn’t Make the Cut

How you present yourself will also make a difference. Employers want to hire people with positive attitudes. If you’ve been on the job market for a while, frustration can become overwhelming, but ensure you’re not letting that show in an interview.


You’re Not Giving the Right References

If the rejection comes at the end of the entire process, you may want to review one last step. It’s possible your references aren’t providing the appropriate information. Give the company a list of people you’ve recently talked to who are willing to talk about your experience positively.


Are you looking for your next role in the maritime industry? Contact the team at Hutco to learn more today.