Rejection isn’t easy. Not hearing anything at all can be even worse. If you’re in the job market, it can be incredibly discouraging to send off dozens of resumes to no avail. If you’re not hearing anything from hiring managers, it’s time to take a hard look at your resume and application process — the problem might be of your own making!
Here are some of the most common reasons you’re not gaining any traction with your applications:
Your Resume Isn’t Specific
Sometimes, job candidates try to take a “one-size-fits-all” approach to their resume and cover letter, hoping it will give them a shot at a variety of positions. This isn’t a good idea — a far better approach is to make your resume as specific as possible. Highlight your skill set precisely, rather than mentioning you’re “flexible” and “hardworking.” Describe specific examples of ways you’ve improved processes, helped teammates and increased productivity in the past.
You’re Not Applying for the Right Positions
If you’re obviously underqualified (or overqualified, for that matter), a hiring manager will probably skip right over your application. You don’t need to possess every single requirement listed on a job description, but you should clearly be able to perform the duties of the job and demonstrate a willingness to adapt and learn.
Your Resume and Cover Letter Are Sloppy
Few things can sideline your application as quickly as a sloppy resume or cover letter. Make sure there are no typos or grammatical errors. Ensure your resume is easy to read with proper headings and bullet points and make sure dates of previous employment line up. Your cover letter should be tailored specifically to the job you’re applying for; avoid generic cover letters that don’t show your personality.
You Didn’t Follow Up
Remember: Securing a new position is a two-way street. It’s entirely possible a hiring manager isn’t following up with your application because you haven’t followed up with them. Unless an application specifically tells the candidate not to follow up, it can’t hurt to reach out to the hiring manager or a relevant department head if you haven’t heard anything back regarding your application.
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