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Poll Results: What Job Search Obstacles Have You Overcome?

overcome_tough_job_search_webEveryone’s career path is different and often filled with unexpected twists and turns. Whether it’s a lay off or voluntary career change, it’s important to evaluate the situation and come up with a game plan for your job search.

In October, we asked our Movin’ On Up readers what job search obstacles they have overcome, and what we found was telling. Not having a network and concern about age took the top spots in our poll at 14% each. A total of 11% of respondents said they have fear/anxiety in a job search, while 10% have faced an outdated resume.

Other results include:

  • Lack of experience – 8%
  • Economy – 7%
  • Stereotyping – 7%
  • Outdated or lack of skills – 5%

In addition, 5% of readers selected “other” and cited the following reasons:

  • Low pay, no benefits
  • No college degree
  • Over qualified
  • Relocation
  • Job hopping resume
  • Lack of transportation

Make an Action Plan
After you have identified an obstacle or two that is keeping you from getting that next job, make an action plan with realistic and achievable goals. If you struggle with an outdated resume, sit down and work on one section at a time. If you don’t have a reliable form of transportation to get to job interviews, research local organizations to see if any offer assistance to job seekers.

What are some other ways that you can overcome obstacles in your job search? Let us know in the comments below!

Great Leaders Who Overcame Huge Obstacles

overcomingYou may have heard the saying, “If you get knocked down; get back up and try again.” Not everyone on top today got there by having success after success. Many people face obstacles that forced them to work harder and show more determination than others. In fact, the greatest triumphs often come from situations that seem overwhelmingly awful. The way in which you respond to those adversities can be seen as victories themselves. People who have encountered challenges may agree that the factors in overcoming obstacles are determination, focus, and self-discipline.


The Results Are In: What’s Holding Your Career Back?

The Results Are In: What’s Holding Your Career Back?


While many people experience setbacks on their career path, every obstacle is different, and we wanted to know what you think is holding your career back.

The Results Are In
The number one thing holding careers back, according to our survey, is the “lack of job availability” with 19% of the vote. The other top answers received almost the same amount of votes, and include:

  • “No room for advancement”—16%
  • “Lack of experience”—15%
  • “No college degree”—13%

Additionally, “fear of change” received 10% of the vote, followed by “family commitments” with 9%, and “I don’t feel held back by anything” with 4%.

Is Your Age a Factor?
Readers were also given the option to select “Other” and provide their own answers. Responses include:

  • “The economy”
  • “Companies don’t want to train anymore”
  • “Lack of confidence”
  • “Length of time I’ve been unemployed”
  • “Software applications”
  • “Resume looks like I’m a job hopper”
  • “Health issues”

Of those who selected the “Other” option, 50% reported that their age is holding their career back.

What else is holding your career back? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Movin’ On Up is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals.

Poll: What Job Search Obstacles Have You Overcome?


You’ve reached the crossroads of your career, but there are a few things standing in the way of career mobility. The truth is, most people will at some point encounter roadblocks that get in the way of pursuing career goals. Whether in the workplace or your personal life, these obstacles must first be identified before an action plan can even be developed. Examine your bottom line, whether that is to land a job, increase salary, obtain a better work environment, or work life balance. then write your plan accordingly.

It’s important to stay focused so that obstacles won’t get in the way of your goal.

Whether it’s a complete change in industries, lack of experience, or simply figuring out where to get started in your search, we want to know how you’ve overcome obstacles while job searching.

How have you met some these challenges while job searching?  Let us know in the comments section below.

Movin’ On Up is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals.