Your Biggest Job-Search Problem

  • Article by: KEVIN DONLIN , Star Tribune Sales and Marketing
  • Updated: September 15, 2008 - 9:27 AM

If your job search has been a long process, have you tried to figure out why? Is there anything that is standing in your way? What is your biggest job-search problem?

Your Biggest Job-Search Problem

If you’re looking for a job and haven’t found one yet, by definition, you have a problem.

There’s something standing between you and employment.

What is it?

Surprisingly, when I ask most job hunters what their #1 job-search problem is, they answer, “I don’t know.”

Think about that. How can you solve a problem if you don’t know what it is?

So, the first step is to define your biggest job-search problem. Only then can you solve it effectively.

Here's how ...

1) What’s Your Biggest Job-Search Problem?

What’s the one thing which, if you could fix it, would quickly result in your getting your ideal job, at your ideal salary?

Write all the possible problems down on paper without censoring yourself.

Some examples:

  • I send my resume to employers … and nothing happens
  • I can’t get past HR gatekeepers and meet with hiring managers
  • I’m getting interviews, but no job offers


After you write down all your problems, rank them in order, from big to small.

Now, choose your biggest, most-frustrating problem.

Congratulations! You’re ready for …

Step 2) How Do You Solve Your Biggest Job-Search Problem?

Heh. That’s a trick question.

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