I have been blogging about the qualifications of advanced degree holders and how they should be approaching a job search. However, job rejection is commonplace and it can be a very frustrating experience. We seem to be doing all the right things. We choose the job we want. We create a list of companies we want to work for. We tailor our resumes to each job opening. We network online and offline, but still no results. So, what is the problem?
I believe that finding a job is a matter of the unique positioning of skills, and proper addressing of weaknesses. We usually think about how we have the skills required for the job but not why a company should pick us vs another candidate. We focus on why they should hire us but not as much on why they shouldn’t. In short, we look at the job search from our perspectives while we should be thinking about the employer’s perspective.