Searching for a job and watching the door close in your face time after time can be frustrating. You worked for hours on your resume and thought you aced the interview, but still no job. Don’t give up. Of course, sometimes everything was right, but there were multiple people in your position and the company could only choose one. On the flip side, there could be a number of reasons why and a way to improve your chances. Read about the most common reasons candidates don’t make the cut.

There was a mistake on your resume or cover letter.
We cannot stress enough how important it is to always check all written materials for mistakes before you submit them. If grammar isn’t your forte, ask a friend or colleague to revise your application. Libraries and community colleges often have career resource centers where you can also find resume advice.

Your resume was unorganized and hard to read.
Is the layout of your resume easy to read? Are your experiences listed in order from most to least recent? Did you use the experiences that relate to the job for which you are applying? Make the hiring manager’s job as easy as possible by turning in a well-crafted resume that is clear and tailored to the needs of the company.

You weren’t prepared for the interview.
Walk into an interview fully prepared and ready to show your best. Take time to practice for your interview by preparing examples of different work-related situations you can refer to, 3-5 strengths – and weaknesses, 3-5 of your best accomplishments, and plenty of questions about the company. Study common interview questions and plan your answers. Memorize your answers, and practice giving them in front of a mirror the night before.

You spoke poorly about your current employer.
Avoid badmouthing your current or previous employer in interviews. Respect is an important quality interviewers are seeking. If you complain about your boss, the hiring manager will probably assume you will speak the same way about him or her. If you must give examples of conflict at work, be humble, stick to the facts, and focus on your part of the situation. Don’t ramble on in detail, but share what you learned from the situation or how you were able to resolve it.

You didn’t follow up.
Whether or not you know the outcome, follow up with a thank you email and written note after an interview. The hiring process can take a long time, and hiring managers are often swamped with piles of applications. Sending a thank you note says that you are genuinely interested, and it puts a reminder in the manager’s mind. Again, make sure your letter is mistake-free.

You seemed uninterested in the job.
In the working world, you can’t just want the job, you have to prove it.
• Dress appropriately for the interview.
• Be early, not just on time.
• Show interest in the conversation.
• Research and ask questions about the company.

Your references were outdated or they didn’t support you well.
Always ask your references if you can use them before you turn in an application, even if you’ve used their name before. Choose your references wisely. They should know enough about your recent work experience as it relates to the open position. If your high school English teacher is still on your resume, it’s time to find new references.

You didn’t seem confident
You were contacted for an interview because they were pleased with your resume – so don’t expect failure. Imagine walking confidently into the office and succeeding. Smile, give a firm handshake, and make eye contact throughout the interview. Remember, a first impression goes a long way.

It was out of your control
Even if you aced the interview and had a perfect resume, sometimes the situation is out of your hands. Hiring managers may have gone a different direction for any number of reasons:
• they decided to hire internally
• there were sudden budget cuts
• you weren’t the right cultural fit
• you simply need more experience

Whether or not the outcome was in your control, the important thing to remember is that you will find a job. Keep persisting, keep applying, and keep improving with each interview. Contact WorkBox Staffing and let our recruiters help you land the job you’ve been seeking. Our recruiters work hard to hire the best of the best, and that means our job isn’t done until you have a job.

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We get it. It’s hard to get up and get going some days. You have to prepare the kid’s lunch, take the dog out, and eat a “healthy” breakfast before actually getting to work on time. Or maybe you’re on third shift while the rest of the world is sleeping and you wish you were too. How does anybody do this? How do you get motivated again? If it seems like a reoccurring battle, we’ve got some tips that you may want to consider to get you in the right state of mind.

Accomplish a small goal
When you set a goal, no matter how big or small it may be, you have the capability of determining the deadline. Take a moment to wash the dishes, do ten jumping jacks, or make the bed. Completing these simple tasks will improve your organization and will help you feel like you can accomplish bigger goals.

Make a list
There’s power in checking things off a list. When you incorporate checklists at your home, this skill carries into your work. Work is all about completing projects, providing great customer service, and feeling like you’ve contributed; this pressure to meet deadlines overshadows the emotion of success when production is actually completed. We guarantee you’ll feel more motivated to move onto the next box after the first one has been checked off. Take the time to acknowledge what you’ve completed.

Talk to yourself
You don’t have to be your own critic. When you need a push, you don’t have to rely on others to encourage you. Yes, it’s weird to look in the mirror and tell yourself you’re a rockstar, but just do it! It will be silly, and you may feel strange, but you’ve beat yourself up enough. It’s time to give yourself a bit more credit.

Go to work
We’ve all been there. The thought of calling into work lingers just seconds after you’ve woken up. But by skipping a work day, you often lose more than you gain. Your paycheck suffers, you miss out on important information, and you jeopardize your employment. Skipping will not help motivate you for the next work day. Just go to work. Simple as that.

If you’re looking for new opportunities in light industrial, warehouse operation, and office support, we’d love to help you apply yourself. Workbox Staffing welcomes motivated candidates to apply for the available job opportunities we have. We’ve all been in the situation of losing motivation, but we can help each other get out of it!

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 130 million workers are employed at more than 8 million worksites across the nation. As warehouses currently hold the highest rate of fatal injuries, maintaining warehouse safety regulations is a top priority. At WorkBox Staffing, we care about safety and encourage our employees to follow these guidelines.

Know what the safety requirements are: When you start a new job, read the posted safety standards, rules, and expectations. Don’t assume they are the same as the last job. Sure OSHA policies are generally across the board, but each employer may add specific guidelines pertinent to his/her company. It’s your responsibility to make sure you know and understand what is expected.

Note locations of pertinent information: Taking the time to know where emergency numbers are listed and where items like fire extinguishers and first aid kits are located is important. If an accident does occur, knowing this information can make a difference – it may even save a life.

Do not be afraid to ask for assistance: If you don’t understand safety procedures, ask your supervisor for help. Many companies provide training sessions to keep they employees updated on safety guidelines. Often there are health and safety pamphlets to read or videos to watch.

Follow the guidelines: Knowing and understanding safety protocol doesn’t mean much if you don’t follow it. If you need safety goggles, wear them – all the time, not just when the supervisor is present. The same goes for gloves, knee pads, back supports, and any other required protective equipment. Following the rules helps you and your coworkers to maintain a safe working environment.

Use common sense: Somethings don’t have to be read in a manual. If you spill something, clean it up immediately. Keep aisles clear of clutter and other hazards. Block off open loading dock doors. You get the picture. All the safety manuals in the world don’t have the power of protection that comes from employees who are alert to potential danger and take appropriate action.

Motivate your coworkers: We are not talking about being the safety police. Be a motivator first by having a healthy respect for potential danger. Follow the rules and guidelines with an attitude of acceptance. Express appreciation for management who care about their employees and stand behind the rules.

The responsibility of maintaining a safe warehouse environment does not just rest on the owner’s shoulders or stop at management. Attention to proper procedures must be valued at every level. Understanding and following safety protocol will help ensure your workplace environment is safe and productive.

Following these measures is important to your safety, and heavily influences your job security as well. At WorkBox Staffing, we strive to supply the best temp employees in manufacturing, light industrial, warehouse operations, and office support for the best companies. We hire workers who will take initiative to uphold proper safety precautions and encourage excellence among their co-workers.