Does your resume seem to enter a black hole when you apply for jobs on job boards? Do you consistently apply for jobs and either receive no response or only an obligatory email stating that your resume was received?
This article unveils some of the reasons that you are not receiving calls for interviews after you apply for jobs on job boards.
1) Too much competition. Almost everyone else in your field is using job boards to find jobs just like you are. You have the most competition for posted positions when you use job boards. A Wall Street Journal shared a surprising statistic about the efficacy of job boards for job seekers. Job boards have only a 13% success rate for helping job hunters find new positions. Given this reality, you should not spend the majority of your time looking for jobs on job boards because it is not the best job search method.
2) Your resume isn’t tailored to the types of positions you are applying for. Generic resumes just don’t work. In order to attract the attention of employers on job boards in a sea of job seekers, you need to make sure that your resume speaks specifically to employers’ needs. Review carefully the requirements for the type of position that you are seeking, and make sure that those skills come through clearly on your resume.
3) Some jobs are not really open. Let’s be honest. Many times jobs are filled before they are publicly posted. Oftentimes there is an internal candidate who has already been primed for the position, but the company posts the position anyway to fulfill EEO requirements. In this case, it is nearly impossible to compete for the position. That means that because you do not know which positions are open and which ones are not, it behooves you to apply for a lot of positions in order to generate interviews.
4) Your resume lacks relevant keywords. Recruiters search their resume databases by keywords, so if a resume does not contain that keywords that recruiters are looking for, that resume will probably not be reviewed, no matter how qualified the applicant is. It is a good idea to review several vacancy announcements for your field and see which phrases come up again and again. These are the keywords that you need to incorporate into your resume.
5) You don’t have inside contacts. Hiring managers are most likely to hire someone who comes referred. Check LinkedIn to see if anyone in your network is connected to the organization that has the job opening that you are interested in. You can use the search bar at the top of the page and then click Companies on the dropdown menu to search for the company name. LinkedIn will then tell you who in your network works at that company. If some of the people who come up in the search are your second or third level contacts, you can ask your first level connections to introduce you. This will greatly increase your chances of being called for an interview if you have an inside contact who can speak for you.
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