Frustrated Job Seeker

Some Friendly Reminders For The Frustrated Job Seeker


Are you frustrated with your job search? If so, you are not alone. There is nothing more frustrating than looking for opportunities when none seem to exist.

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The following are a few tips the frustrated job seeker should embrace. The advice is simple and often discussed, but also often overlooked. Sometimes, the most basic advice is the most vital.

Stand Out

It is not an easy to stand out in the hiring environment most companies have adopted today. In today’s market, you are competing with many applicants for the same opportunities. You have to think about unique ways to use your resume and cover letter so you can stand out and communicate your brand effectively.

Know When To Adapt

The biggest mistake job seekers make is not realizing when their resume and/or cover letter is not effective. If you are not getting results, you need to change it up. Do not be afraid to try different formats! I am sure you know everyone has different opinions on resume formatting and content, which means employers will to.


Looking for opportunities? Dig and do not stop digging! You never know where one will show up. Remember your job search needs to go beyond the internet to be more effective. NETWORK! Do not be afraid to let everyone you know that you are looking for opportunities.

Send an e-mail to anyone who might know someone who might have a job opening. You will be surprised how many leads you can find by letting people know you are in the job market. You will find that people really do want to help you. Network, network and network. Did I say network? If you do not ask no one can help you. Search everyday!

Job Search Everyday

Try to do something career related once a day, if not more. If you stop job searching your results will be delayed. Apply for opportunities that you meet most of the requirements. Employers always advertise a laundry list of qualifications and requirements. They would like to find the perfect person to match every qualification, but employers know this person does not exist. They are looking for someone who closely matches and someone who will fit well into the culture.

Get The Interview Basics

When you go in for an interview make sure you are on time, prepared and researched the company you are interviewing with. Do not rely on just the company’s website for information. Be savvy! Use Google, Yahoo Finance, and Business Journals. This will show the employer how serious you are.

Come prepared with extra resumes and have copies of your references ready to go. The goal is to demonstrate your professionalism to the employer.

And finally… are you helping or hurting yourself with the way you use social media?

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Rita Ogbeama

Rita Ogbeama helps entry-level, mid and high-level job seekers become more confident job search strategists. Rita has written for on effective job search strategies and currently sits on the advisory board for


  1. I am sorry to see you all having such a hard time. I am a current student at Cornell University, and my father was just recently laid off from his job. Needless to say, it has been one of the hardest times I can remember for me and my family.

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  2. I have always been able to hire others and find jobs. At 57 discrimination is. Alive and well. When Justin Bieber is opposite of the interview table the age gap is obvious. My resume reads like a colorful comic strip character but hiring dad is a big no no in the work place.

  3. Bull.

    You are in a market where a job ad can get 5000 responses in the first 15 minutes.

    As a result companies now farm out the “headache” of finding their most important resource to “expert” recruiters. Big companies like Microsoft even retain their own staff of full time recruiters.

    Do you think such people read your application? Wake up.

    Most will simply flush you through a database to match “essential” and “desirable” attributes. So if you were hoping to stand out without a full rewrite of your CV to include all those keywords = Fail.

    Some recruiters may skim read your CV, but here is the thing. They are likely to be looking for easy candidates that work for a competitor, have an identical job role, match the 5 or so attributes that they were told to look for.

    At this point I should add I ain’t picking on Recruiters. Good ones are highly trained HR professionals. However that’s the point, if they had a Degree in Finance, IT,Engineering,Marketing…then they would likely be pitching for the role you are pitching for…

    You want an interview, find out who your boss will be and who he/she has tasked with hiring and include them in your covering letter. Make sure the recruiter knows you can drop them in it if you don’t end up on the interview panel.

    Can’t do that? hen play the lottery and completely rewrite your application to the Job spec.

    TOP TIP. We are in the longest recession in documented history. Remember that in the Great Depression (shorter than the crap we are in now) people starved to death.

    Happy Days.

  4. If you have out-of-date work skills, and they were never really all that relevant to what’s going on in the business/working world to begin with, you can pimp that resume 500 ways from zero, and just be wasting your time. Maybe, instead of JOB interviews, where prospective employees are getting interviewed, there should be more job fair type events, where people seeking a professional direction can talk to people from various industries, and find out what they’re looking for, and get an idea of how much work would be involved in up-skilling to the point of worthy consideration by said employers. Apparently, there’s lots of visa-ready freshmeat staged at the borders, and HR reps and CEO’s have people in the pipeline, ready to start tomorrow on govt. go-ahead. What does this say? It says that there need to be more skills evaluations for American jobseekers, and blunt talk about the realities of the adult working world, some of which probably don’t involve empowerment seminars or other touchy-feely stuff, come right down to it. Work. It sucks, but it’s how we pay bills, by doing stuff, typically for other people. If you run foul the monthly billing cycle for long enough, it will Suck To Be You. So, maybe swallow the pride, set aside what you know, or what you THINK you know, and get out there with that ‘?’ at the next job fair, and find out what’s going on, and get relevant, again. Time waits for no one, and you’re not owed anything in this life, no matter what you were told or might believe.

    One of the roles of employers is to critically look at the people they have working for em, and people looking to come in the door, and make sure that they have a good mix of competent, capable, professional people with which to make the corporate ‘magic’ happen. Sometimes, this means refusing people at the door, sometimes, it means letting people go. And, in current environs, where they say there’s something like 6 reasonable applicants for every available position, well, it’s gotten a little ugly. Not likely to change anytime soon, either.

    Treat finding a job AS a job, check out the competition, be diligent, tenacious, and professional. And, don’t be lazy or cynical or half-way about things. Chances are the person interviewing you just fired someone like that for their attitude. Have faith in yourself, but don’t entertain a lot of misconceptions about the situation, either. If you want it bad enough, and you don’t quit looking, and you’re working on your skills, eventually the door will open. It might not be the first door, the second door, or the fifteenth door, but somewhere out there is an opportunity with your name on it. Or, maybe Ahmed’s name on it. Depends on who gets there first, you or him, and who presents themselves the best. Global population always increasing…no pressure. No pressure. :)

  5. some employers just want fresh graduates for less pay since all they want is a job and not other perks eg medical insurance

  6. Great article but I disagree with one line:

    “They would like to find the perfect person to match every qualification, but employers know this person does not exist.”

    No, they don’t know this. They believe – based on the experience of my own search as well as discussions with others – that there is a near-infinite pool of potential employees… and that they just need to wait until that 17-sided peg shows up for their 17-sided hole.

  7. I believe that a majority of job seekers do exactly as proposed. The question is for how long you can keep doing this. 6 months, 1, 2 , 5 years?
    The situation about the job search is surreal. Think about this. If somebody needs a doctor or engineer they just hire one. You don’t need to be a ballet dancer, or Facebook lover, or great team player, as we all claim to do this.
    The whole HR industry is overblown, all this resume rewrites, interview questions, networking.
    There are no rules or cause effect relationship. It is completely irrational. That is why there is no recruiters who would be willing to work for job seekers, even for a fee. I placed an add for curiousity sake offering 25% of my annual salary to a promoter if I land a job. No success in finding one.
    I guess we have too many people alive and too few jobs, and it is permanent unbalance.

    • Well said Leo. I’ll be interested to look back on this time and see what reflections are made of the current job search and hiring processes.

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