Many candidates fill out thousands of job applications but almost never hear back from anyone because their applications disappear into the black hole of recruitment. It is rather disappointing when this happens. Let’s explore a few key reasons as to why this can happen:
1. Your CV is too broad and generalized – Your application and resume must be job specific – one fit for all no longer applies. So, before filling out an application take the time to study the job specs and analyse it against your skills, qualifications and experience. These days many firms use an applicant tracking system (ATS) to handle recruitment needs. The ATS collects and sorts out your resume and is optimized for ATS algorithms – as a result your resume might never find its way to a recruiter. There might be a skills gap or something related to the role you’re applying for that you’ve completely overlooked in your resume. Research the industry and the company thoroughly so that you’re not missing out on anything that might elevate your success rate in getting hired.
2. Not knowing enough about the role – Do your homework and fact finding; applying blindly without much information on the job role being advertised can lead to immense disappointment. Call up the recruiter and enquire more about the role being advertised and gather as much information as you can about the product/service that the company offers. Use this information to customize your resume and letter of motivation according to the company and job requirements.
3. Tracking your progress – Don’t just apply for job after job; use your time productively. Track your applications as well as your progress. Create a spreadsheet with the date, name of organisation and position you applied for and whether you did a follow up with the recruiter. Should you not hear back from the hiring manager within 48 hours of your application – please follow up with a call or email.
4. Incorrect contact details – Recruiters/hiring managers are responding your job applications; however, you’re not picking up messages /emails due to incorrect contact numbers / wrong email addresses. Some head- hunters also try contacting you via social media such as LinkedIn (professional networking site) or even Facebook- so be sure to check your inbox regularly.
Your job search should be a job on its own; hence diligence and strategy must be applied. Most importantly don’t be discouraged because anything that you continue to focus energy on is bound to generate a result!!!