Why Your Job Search Isn’t Working (and How to Fix It)

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If your job search isn’t working it’s not because you aren’t smart and capable. You are. It’s because recruiting is broken. It doesn’t work for job seekers, and it doesn’t work for hiring managers either.

I’m an HR person so I’m allowed to tell the truth about the brokenness of the hiring process in most medium-sized and large organizations. We are all allowed to tell the truth about it, and we must!

If we keep our mouths shut, nothing will change.

Here at Human Workplace we teach employers how to recruit people the human way. However, as a job seeker you can’t wait for organizations to adopt that approach. That might take years.  You need a job now!

If your job search isn’t working, it’s not a reflection on you. It’s just that you have been doing what you’ve been trained to do since early childhood: namely, following rules.  You’ve been  following the rules, and that’s the number one reason your job search isn’t working as well as you hoped it would.

You have to step outside the traditional job search framework to get hired. You can’t lob applications into Black Hole recruiting portals and wait around for someone to get back to you. You can’t go on countless interviews only to be ghosted and left hanging for weeks in radio silence.

You have to take control of your job search. You have to brand yourself specifically for the jobs you want, and then go after those jobs whether employers have job postings or not. Hiring managers have pain even when they don’t have job ads posted. Your task is to find hiring managers and reach out to them directly with a document called a Pain Letter. A Pain Letter is a device we invented here at Human Workplace. It replaces traditional cover letters, but a Pain Letter carries a lot more weight than a cover letter ever could.

Along with your Pain Letter you’ll send your hiring manager — that is, your possible future boss — a copy of your resume. It won’t be a traditional, boring resume but rather, a resume that sounds like you. It’s called your Human-Voiced Resume, another Human Workplace improvement on the traditional, broken job search approach and mindset.

You can learn how to write your Human-Voiced Resume and Pain Letters, how to brand yourself, reach out to hiring managers, and interview with confidence. You can step out of the broken, outdated job search mindset and break a few rules to get the job you deserve!


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