Why Is It So Hard to Find a Job?

If the Great Resignation  Is Real

The current economic trend known as the ‘Great Resignation’ has led to a significant shift in our workforce. Everywhere you look, there’s another “help wanted” or “now hiring” sign.

Because many people are leaving their jobs, there are more job openings than people looking for work. This imbalance should benefit job seekers and make it easier to land a new job than ever before.

So why is it so hard to find a job for some people?

The “no one wants to work” narrative is misleading.  People want to work.  They just have different priorities now, and many companies are not adapting to this shift.

From gaps with your resume skills to the increased demand for  remote work,  many factors  make finding a job during the  Great Resignation challenging -  but not impossible!

As much as we’d like to think it’s over, we are still in the midst of the pandemic.  Many companies are struggling to recover or stay afloat and therefore are hiring less, if at all.

The Pandemic is Still Happening

Regardless of the number of applicants, companies only need one person to fill the position. If you're struggling, reconsider what criteria are most important to you and where you can be flexible.

Few Good Jobs = More Competition

Working from home is more feasible than corporations previously led us to believe.  Job seekers now have more choices because geography is no longer  a limitation - however, this is both a pro and  a con.

Increased Demand for Remote Work

Employees Want Higher Salaries

The Great Resignation has also been called the Great Reshuffle because people aren’t quitting the workforce - they are moving to better roles.

A Lack of Skills

When businesses moved online, interpersonal and digital skills became critical. If a lack of skills is holding  you back, there are many  ways you can learn new job skills for free.

Employers Are Focusing on Retention

Some companies have learned that they can survive with less staff because working online has meant specific roles and tasks can be outsourced or automated.

Many employers are extremely picky (and in some cases biased)  about who they hire. They are not looking at a more diverse talent, such as: - older workers - younger workers - people with disabilities - formerly incarcerated    people

Companies Are Overly Selective or Discriminatory

The Great Resignation is not evenly balanced across industries.  Those most impacted are ones with traditionally lower pay rates, such as food service, hospitality, and retail.  If you’re looking for a job  in these industries, you’re in luck!

It Depends on the Industry

These include: No human connection or networking Inadequate resumes that won't pass screening software Overlooking the job qualifications 

Job Seekers Are Making (Easily Avoidable) Mistakes

Do your research and  tailor your resume and cover letter to the  position you’re  applying to. Don’t be afraid to  genuinely reach out to people about potential opportunities instead of hoping the right one  will find you. Recognize that the job market has changed.

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