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Factors That Can Negatively Affect Your Job Prospects


Finding a job is difficult, especially right now. It feels like everywhere says they’re hiring, but don’t actually hire anyone. Besides the current job market, however, there are many reasons you might not be successful finding that perfect job.

Moving Around a Lot

If you’ve spent your adult life doing a bit of job hopping, your career might suffer for it. It’s a difficult job market right now, and many employers understand being laid off or let go from previous employment. However, if you’re showing that you consistently stay at a job for no longer for six months, that’s a red flag. That tells prospective employers that you are unreliable, and unwilling to commit to working long-term. It tells them that something about your previous job performance made you leave after six months. Employers want to see that you’re reliable and committed to your job. 

A Criminal Record

When applying for a job, completing a background check is a standard practice. Unfortunately, for many Americans, this can lead to employers finding out about previous criminal activity. A criminal record can have all kinds of negative professional consequences on your career. Many state laws prohibit employers from discriminating based on criminal history, but employers find unfortunate ways to get around the rule. If you have a criminal record, it could be a reason you are having trouble finding a job. However, there are organizations that work specifically to help you find a job if you have a criminal record. 

Negative Relationship With Former Employer

Another essential step within a job application is checking your references. However, if you don’t have a good relationship with a former employer, they could give the company reasons not to hire you. If you left a previous job without giving two week’s notice, or had a temper with customers, these could be things that previous employers bring up when asked. Try to make sure you leave every job on a positive note, and prioritize your with your employer while you work. A good reference can get you very far.

It’s always difficult to determine why your job hunt is unsuccessful. It’s an especially difficult time to find a job right now. There are many factors that could be contributing to your unemployment. Look back on your job history and see if any unfortunate circumstances come up that could be the reason you can’t find a job.

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