My first question might be – have you even considered a part-time job? I know unemployment benefits, if you are fortunate to still be getting them – eventually run out. They are to serve as a cushion of support, and I’ve had to rely on them myself at least once in my career. So, when they run out or even before – are you only prospecting full-time work? Did you ever think that part-time work can lead to that, if you truly apply yourself? And if for nothing else, for the hands-on experience you can gain and refresh your resume with: from new computer software to a new industry environment. It can all be good.

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When I ask someone about how recent interviews have gone – and they reply they’ve had none, that is telling me one of two things. They’re not really trying and haven’t even put a decent resume together. Or, their resume is not gaining the attention or being sent accordingly to select jobs/companies.

Truth be told, and for the sake of this post – let’s consider you’ve had plenty of interviews with multiple organizations but still not had a reasonable offer.

Some reasons that are out of your control.

  • They hired someone or promoted from within.
  • Budget issues caused cancellation or revision of the job. (I’ve personally seen this on several occasions over the years.)
  • Organizational issues ended the need to fill the position.
  • The chemistry didn’t work.
Other reasons that you can have more control or influence over:
  • Someone else was a better networker.
  • The chemistry didn’t work.
  • You were obviously unprepared for the interview.
  • You didn’t project that you were truly interested in the job.
  • Your references didn’t support you.
  • You expected to fail!