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"Am I Unemployable?"​ Expert Advice for Job Seekers...

Job hunting can be a daunting and stressful experience, especially when faced with the question, "Am I unemployable?"

This is a common concern among job seekers who may have experienced a long gap in employment, a lack of experience in their desired field, or a series of job rejections that left them feeling hopeless.

As an Executive Recruiter and Job Search Strategist, I can tell you that the answer is not always a straightforward yes or no.

However, there certainly is always hope. But you cannot deposit hope in the bank. The goal here is to find employment and there are tried and true job search strategies to increase your chances of getting noticed and hired.


What does it mean to be “unemployable” and why is it important to know the answer

Being “unemployable” is a term used to describe the difficulty of gaining sustainable employment in the current job market. It is often the result of either not having the qualifications or experience employers need or failing to demonstrate them in a way that catches their attention.

With competition for jobs fiercer than ever, it is no surprise that so many people are finding themselves labeled as “unemployable” due to the seemingly impenetrable job market. Whether this be a result of not being qualified or simply failing to draw attention during the application process, it is clear that knowing how to present your skills and experiences in the most effective way possible is key.

The latest research shows that around 49% of job searches end with no luck, demonstrating just how important it is to learn how to succeed in a competitive applicant pool if you want your chances of employment success to reach the same heights.

How Recruiters search for potential Employees - Understanding recruitment search strategies

Usually, Recruiters will create a list of criteria to help narrow applicants based on skills and behavioral traits. The focus should be on demonstrating these qualities in your job applications and related communication, as this can make a huge difference in how recruiters view you as a candidate.

Obtaining expert help or guidance when applying or presenting yourself in the job market can drastically improve how recruitment teams see your potential value to their team – so don’t be afraid to get assistance when it comes to recruitment search strategies.

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Reach out for expert guidance from the 'right' person

When seeking advice from someone to help with job applications, resumes, and your job search, it's important to ensure that the individual understands the recruitment process and employment landscape.

Recent studies have demonstrated that those with a comprehensive awareness of these factors tend to be more successful in obtaining jobs due to their knowledge regarding targeting an audience, highlighting achievements, and emphasizing particular skills.

Therefore, always take the time to carefully evaluate whom you're getting advice from - while it may seem more cost-effective to go with those charging a lower rate or even free, the added value of expertise guarantees greater returns in the long run.

Crafting an effective Job Search Plan - Ensuring that you stand out from the crowd

Crafting an effective job search plan is a critical way to ensure you stand out amongst the competition. According to recent studies, 66% of recruiters and hiring managers evaluating your job application are looking for proof that you have researched their company and understand what they do.

It is also essential to highlight specific skills and experiences you can bring to the position since 45% of recruiters reported that demonstrating strong past performance was among the top attributes they sought in potential hires.

Always remember that crafting a successful job search plan will require knowledge of your capabilities and an understanding of what recruiters and hiring professionals are looking for in job candidates.

Assess Your Skillset and Personal Brand

Before you start applying for jobs, it's essential to assess your skillset and personal brand. Showcasing your accomplishments and skills can help you stand out from other candidates and increase your chances of getting hired.

Begin by listing your skills and relevant experience in your desired field. Take inventory of your accomplishments and transferable skills, like leadership, communication, and problem-solving. Then, use this information to build your personal brand, highlighting your strengths, skills, and values as they relate to your desired job.

An online presence is becoming increasingly essential for success in the workplace, so taking the time to carefully craft each element can make all the difference in forming strong connections with employers.

Taking the initiative to create a LinkedIn profile, update your resume, and develop a personal website or portfolio is necessary for today's competitive job market. Studies have shown that nearly 95% of employers make decisions based on an individual's LinkedIn profile and 94% of those employers also review résumés before making hiring decisions.

Network, Network, Network!

Networking is essential to finding a job, especially when you feel like you might be unemployable. Reach out to former colleagues, friends, family, and industry professionals for job leads and referrals. Attend job fairs, industry events, and meetups to connect with potential employers and build relationships.

Consider joining professional organizations related to your desired field to meet industry leaders and gain valuable insights.

The more people you meet, and the more connections you make, the higher the likelihood that you'll find job leads and receive recommendations.

Be Open-Minded About Job Opportunities

While looking for a job, you may have a specific position or company in mind. However, when you're feeling unemployable, you must be open-minded about job opportunities.

Consider temporary employment, internships, or freelance work as a way to get your foot in the door and gain valuable skills and experience. These opportunities may lead to full-time employment, or at the very least, you'll have recent experience on your resume.

Don't overlook job opportunities that may be outside your desired industry, as the skills you learn in one industry can transfer to another.

Seek Expert Advice and Support from the 'Right' Person

When you feel unemployable, seeking advice and support from experts can give you a fresh perspective and help motivate you. Reach out to an Executive Recruiter or Job Search Strategist to develop a personalized job search strategy, assess your skills and branding, and gain insights into your desired industry. They can provide feedback on your resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills, and help you navigate the job market.

Remember, you don't have to go through a job search alone; there are resources available to help you succeed.




Being told you're unemployable can become demotivating and feel like a dead end. However, there are ways to market yourself effectively, increase your chances of getting hired, and crush the competition.

Remember, the job market can be tough, but stay motivated and determined, and you'll find success.

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If you are still baffled by the job search process and are convinced that it is broken, or you are going on interviews and not getting offers, grab time on my calendar to learn more about the strategic roadmap for job seekers I have created that shares the inside secrets from the view of the Recruiter, so you do not have to waste time figuring out how to find a job or to waste time by making mistakes.

My job seeking clients are getting hired in 3-8 weeks in their dream jobs after searching on their own for 9-12 months! Check out the detailed statistics.

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🔴 Ilene Rein is an Executive Recruiter and Job Search Strategist. She teaches job seekers exactly how to market themselves with laser precision to employers using inside secrets from the view of the Recruiter exponentially increasing their chances of getting noticed and hired rapidly!


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My clients are getting hired in 3-8 weeks in their dream jobs after searching on their own for 9-12 months!

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