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Possible Reasons Why You Haven’t Gotten a Job Yet (2024)

Reasons Why You Haven’t Gotten a Job: The 21st century unfolds thousands of youths who by one reason or the other due to the population or lack of connection, feel they are not able or cannot get a job.

Job searching is not just about getting the job you hoped for. It is about getting a job you are perfectly proficient in with different new ideas and skills to help promote both you and the company you will be working for. 

Knowing the reasons why you weren’t hired by the company you applied for will help you prepare better for the job search and also obtain an exceptional position.

In this article, we will explain the possible reason why you have not gotten a good job yet and further put out some tips that will help you during your job hunting.

Possible reasons why you haven’t gotten a job yet

You do not value your talent.

The most important way to showcase how confident you are is during your job search. It is the time to show your greatest strength and pride in your skill, your education, and your knowledge. 

Trying to shy away from your strength and what you have accomplished may make them overlook your role and the fact that you are the best candidate for the job.

So do well to be confident during your job search, and improve your ability to sell yourself by understanding what you can do and what you cannot do and how they relate to the kind of job you are searching for as this will help you choose the kind of job that suitably fits you. 

After choosing your weakness and strength, choose those achievements that will bring forth value to the company you are applying for and put them down in your resume or CV. Remember to say this during your interview with much confidence as this will show how proficient you are for the position.

You need to work on your Resume or CV.

Resumes and CVs are one of the reasons why people get jobs fast and quickly often without necessarily conducting an interview.

Your resume or CV is your first impression in knowing if you are the best candidate for the job or not. If your CV or resume does not match your abilities well, the is something missing which is either your uniqueness or how confident you are.

For example, they are cases where we submit our CV, and it is well arranged with uniqueness but when we are being interviewed we mess up by being so shy or disvaluing the talent we have to the company.

Your CV or Resume must represent you. Enhance your resume with a captivating introduction to get the hiring manager’s attention, be focused on your achievement, and write out what will make you stand out among other applicants in your CV or resume.

Lack of research on the company you are applying to

This is an area that may affect your ability to get a job because many hiring managers can decide to intentionally ask questions during an interview to test the knowledge of a candidate about the company and the job.

When searching for a job, also spend time researching the company you are applying to. Get information like,

  • The CEO or owner of the company
  • The goals, mission, and values of the company
  • The role you are applying for entails
  • The culture of the company

This will not only improve your knowledge about the company but will also impress the hiring manager interviewing you.

Inability to keep updated on your LinkedIn profile

To those who do not know, LinkedIn is a platform that helps you search for jobs and connects you with potential clients via your area of specialization. 

It is important for you not just to have a LinkedIn account but also to update your profile on it as this is important for your job-hunting success.

Make sure that you upload a professional photo, a complete profile and an appealing summary. This will not only make you appear higher up in LinkedIn search results, it will contribute to your positive contribution of your online brand, therefore making you a suitable candidate for the job.

Related: 10 Things You Must Avoid Saying During a Job Interview

Lack of being optimistic

When going on a job hunt, have a positive mindset because it can be a very frustrating and demotivating process. 

“I am talking from personal experience, job hunting can feel so frustrating especially looking back to see that you have pilled up bills to pay for which can if care is not taken, making you depression.”

A positive mindset helps you regain your energy even after getting negative responses as it will encourage you to keep pushing till you get your job.

You can maintain this positive mind by formulating an empowering sentence that you have to repeat to yourself a couple of times like a mantra.

For example, it can be: “Stay focus( mention your name), I will never give up”.


Don’t get your expectations too high.

High expectations can get you frustrated if you do not finally get what you actually expected.

It is important to be flexible with salary and also not get your hope so high as to they will accept you for the position as they may see a red flag in either your interview or your CV.

Work on being flexible, explaining your needs, and showing flexibility that you can easily adapt to the company standard as this will not only make you a suitable candidate for the position but will also leave a positive impression on the hiring manager.


Job hunting can be very frustrating, but this should not stop you from pushing forward till you achieve what you want. When you have difficulties understanding why you aren’t picked for a job yet, you should go back and look at your CV/Resume, your research strategy, research on the company, and many others. This will not only make you a suitable candidate but will leave a good impression on the hiring manager.


  • Sire Ephraim

    This post is authored by Sire Ephraim, an Editor of Recruitment Portfolio. Boasting over a decade of expertise in the recruitment sector, Sire Ephraim provides up-to-date information on jobs and recruitment topics, career opportunities, and breaking news stories.

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