I Am Unhirable: What To Do



If you’re reading this article, you may be at your wit’s end when it comes to your job search. Maybe you’ve applied for hundreds of jobs, followed every tip when it comes to resume writing, interview preparation, and even have a good set of contacts to be your references.

But after all of that work and preparation, you still cannot land a job offer.

And you may now be at the now at the point where you’re wondering…am I unhirable?

If you’re struggling with that question, this article is for you.

Within the article, we unpack what makes a person unhirbale, what to do if you’re unhirable, and other questions around the topic.

All answers are provided by proven career experts and business executives.

Let’s dive in.

What Makes a Person Unhirable?

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Ultimately, there are a variety of different factors that could contribute to a person being unemployable. 

Matthew Warzel, President, MJW Careers, provided a list of factors below:

Lack of relevant skills or qualifications 

If a person does not possess the necessary skills, education, or certifications required for a particular job or industry, they may be deemed unhirable. Employers typically seek candidates who can fulfill the specific requirements of the role.

Poor work history or employment gaps

A person’s work history, including frequent job changes, terminations, or long periods of unemployment, can raise concerns for potential employers. Consistent employment and a positive track record are often preferred.

Lack of experience

Many employers prefer candidates with practical experience in their field. Without relevant experience, it can be challenging to compete with other applicants who have a proven track record in similar roles.

Negative references or reputation

A person’s reputation in their professional network can impact their employability. If there are negative references, a history of unprofessional behavior, or a tarnished reputation, employers may be hesitant to hire them.

Lack of adaptability or flexibility

In today’s dynamic job market, adaptability and flexibility are highly valued. Employers seek individuals who can quickly learn new skills, adapt to changing circumstances, and work well in diverse environments.

Poor interpersonal or communication skills 

Effective communication and interpersonal skills are vital in most workplaces. If a person struggles to communicate effectively, collaborate with others, or build positive relationships, it can hinder their employability.

Legal or ethical issues

Criminal records, involvement in illegal activities, or ethical misconduct can significantly impact employability, depending on the nature of the job and the employer’s policies.

Attitude and demeanor

Employers often consider a candidate’s attitude, motivation, and overall demeanor during the hiring process. A consistently negative attitude, lack of enthusiasm, or unprofessional behavior can make someone unappealing to potential employers.

How Do You Know If You’re Unhirable?


The very obvious and simple answer is: if no company wants to hire you. I personally know someone who falls into the category of unhirable. If he isn’t the epitome of it, I don’t know who is.

He has been without a job for the past nine years. During that time, he has sent out thousands of applications, resumes, and the like. Shockingly, he has received fewer than five interview invitations and has had less than 20 overall contacts.

Even well-known companies like Walmart, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Amazon, and Swift Trucking have turned him down.

The above content was provided by Jonathan Merry, CEO & Founder at Moneyzine.

What To Do If You’re Unhirable?

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Certainly, while it can be difficult to find work if you are deemed unhirable, there are still options available. One way is to find another position or role that fits your current skillset. From there, you can work on developing new skills and growing your experience.

If you’re not into that, then look into self-employment opportunities, such as consulting or freelancing, so you can set your own hours and work with clients who need your services. This option, however, would require you to market yourself and build a following, hence the need for good networking skills.

Finally, you may want to explore education and career-training options that would help you gain new skills and qualifications. Doing this could help you learn the ropes and gain valuable experience that may eventually lead to employment or at least give you an advantage over other candidates. 

Take this as an example: if you’re into baking, look for bakeries that offer apprenticeships and internships. You can also enroll in baking and pastry classes, or online courses to gain knowledge on the subject.

The above content was provided by Darren Shafae, Founder of ResumeBlaze.

How to Make a Living If You’re Unhirable?


This will be different for each person. However, the first step is to find support and assistance. If you are homeless but want to work, find help through an organization that provides programs, education, interview coaching, and clothing and start the progress to look for work.

If the issue is mental health and well-being, look to get medical attention.

If the issue is not knowing where to start, contact a state Department of Labor office or an affiliate association such as a Veteran’s association.

One of the most important factors for anyone to keep in mind is that employment does not happen overnight. Before work can be obtained, factors such as self-care, health skills, education, and safety must be addressed.

Unhirable is one of the darkest labels that can be placed on a person. If anything it labels them as less than human. And more than anything else, it takes humanity to change their outlook and their future.

The above content was provided by Sabina Sulat, Author, Speaker, Employment Expert, Professional Coach, ReWorking 


Feeling like you’re unhirable can be a difficult spot. 

However, even if you feel like you truly are unhirable, all is not lost. Being unirable is a temporary state and you always have the power to improve so your situation. 

So, if you feel like you’re stuck, take action, get help, and keep at it and, hopefully, good things will be in your future.

About the author

Dan Slocum

Dan is the founder of Best Fit Work and is a business professional with over 10 years of experience. He has been a hiring and people manager on multiple occasions, and has also gone through the hiring process himself at a variety of different companies. Dan writes to share content, tools, and resources to help people discover and thrive in their own best fit work.

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