Have you ever felt like the resumes that you send out go into a black hole? Are you frustrated because you never hear back from all of the position that you apply for? If so, you are not alone. Unfortunately, it is very common that job seekers expend a lot of energy searching for jobs and sending out resumes, but they don’t always get a response from companies.
If you feel like recruiters are ignoring you, here are some reasons why:
1) They never saw your resume. If you think that your paper resume is in a large stack that recruiters review to find the perfect candidate, you are probably wrong. In most cases, resumes are scanned into a resume database, and recruiters use keywords to find appropriate candidates. So without the right keywords, your resume is never viewed by a real person. In other words, the recruiter never even saw your resume to make a decision on it.
2) You threw in the kitchen sink. Some job seekers think more is better. So they put in all the information that they can, hoping that employers will see that they are qualified. But it is a major mistake to think that employers are going to play the role of career counselor for you. If you don’t make it obvious that you are the right person for the job, you sink your chances of landing the interview.
3) They couldn’t tell that you were qualified. If you are a person who has varied experience, you need to make an extra effort to streamline your resume so that it speaks specifically to the employer’s needs. After you identify your job target, everything in the resume should support that target. So for example, if your job target is IT specialist, then your resume should emphasize that. Anything else that you have done (i.e., HR, accounting, marketing, etc.) must be secondary and should not take up as much as space.
4) They already had someone else. It is a well-known secret that companies often post vacancies, but they already had an internal candidate primed for the position before the posting. There’s not much you can do in this scenario. You may not receive a call for an interview because the company was not seriously searching for a candidate in the first place.
5) You were qualified, but not highly qualified. This happens pretty frequently. You meet some of the qualifications, but other candidates were a better match for the position than you were. In this case, just keep applying to vacancies. Since you never know what the competition may look like for any posted vacancy, apply and see what happens. If you were not the best match this time, it is likely that when you apply for another position, you will be.
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