Increasing Job-Offer Chances


Gigi writes:
I am in a job that is unfulfilling and I see no growth or development opportunities for
me. For the last two years I have been searching for another position. I have had a
few interviews but no job offers. I do not know why I am not getting any job offers.
I interview well and my qualifications are very good. I am so unhappy in my present
job that I am ready to resign! I have voiced my concerns to management only to
have them negated and ignored. More importantly I am concerned that I am not
getting any offers especially because my qualifications are very good. Can you
please give me some suggestions on what I can do to increase my likelihood of
getting a job offer?



The Career Doctor responds:
I hate to break this news to you but I sense someone needs to do so. You have a
problem and while I can’t say for certain without more information I would point the
finger at your ego and your attitude.
It’s important for job-seekers to be confident but I can tell you right now you most
likely do NOT have good interviewing skills if you are not getting to the next level.
Now it is slightly possible that you work in an environment where everyone knows
everyone else and the gossip mills have branded you a trouble-maker or whiner
but if that were the case you would not even be getting any interviews. It’s also
possible that you are not following-up each interview with a thank-you letter and
showing your ongoing interest in the employer.
So I think your job-search strategies must be solid. You must write decent cover letters and resumes so it’s time to take a hard look at your interviewing skills. Here are your
options:

  1. Ask a mentor to conduct a mock interview with you to critique your skills.
  2. Contact a career professional and work on developing/enhancing your interviewing skills.
  3. Contact one of the hiring managers that passed on you and ask (in a very non-confrontational manner) if s/he would be willing to give you some honest feedback.
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Gigi writes:
I am in a job that is unfulfilling and I see no growth or development opportunities for
me. For the last two years I have been searching for another position. I have had a
few interviews but no job offers. I do not know why I am not getting any job offers.
I interview well and my qualifications are very good. I am so unhappy in my present
job that I am ready to resign! I have voiced my concerns to management only to
have them negated and ignored. More importantly I am concerned that I am not
getting any offers especially because my qualifications are very good. Can you
please give me some suggestions on what I can do to increase my likelihood of
getting a job offer?



The Career Doctor responds:
I hate to break this news to you but I sense someone needs to do so. You have a
problem and while I can’t say for certain without more information I would point the
finger at your ego and your attitude.
It’s important for job-seekers to be confident but I can tell you right now you most
likely do NOT have good interviewing skills if you are not getting to the next level.
Now it is slightly possible that you work in an environment where everyone knows
everyone else and the gossip mills have branded you a trouble-maker or whiner
but if that were the case you would not even be getting any interviews. It’s also
possible that you are not following-up each interview with a thank-you letter and
showing your ongoing interest in the employer.
So I think your job-search strategies must be solid. You must write decent cover letters and resumes so it’s time to take a hard look at your interviewing skills. Here are your
options:

  1. Ask a mentor to conduct a mock interview with you to critique your skills.
  2. Contact a career professional and work on developing/enhancing your interviewing skills.
  3. Contact one of the hiring managers that passed on you and ask (in a very non-confrontational manner) if s/he would be willing to give you some honest feedback.