It is indeed one of the most frustrating feelings when you are jobless, have been applying on jobs for months already and are not getting a positive response from the employers; not even the interview calls. What could possibly be the reason? Today I’m going to discuss the most common reasons why job applicants don’t get called for the interviews.
Your CV and Cover Letter
We all know that CV and cover letter are the things that make our first impression on the employer. If they are not professionally written, our CV ends up nowhere but in the recruiter’s trash bin. So the first thing you’ve got to do is to critically assess these two most important documents. They could possibly be laced with mistakes. Remember, if a recruiter finds even one or two major mistakes, you’re toast!
By saying the word “mistakes” I mean not just the grammar or spelling mistakes; they could be formatting mistakes, unprofessional email address, too much personal information, unnecessarily long CV, an inappropriate or casual display photo and a lot more.
Moreover, it could be that your resume and cover letter are grammatically perfect, but they aren’t getting you anywhere because they’re not persuasive. You aren’t highlighting your qualifications, key skills and your achievements. Besides, if your cover letter is too brief, the employer could be assuming that you aren’t highly motivated to pursue the position.
Finally, if you’ve been sending out the same resume and same cover letter to every employer, you might as well stop wasting your time. In many cases, employers will quickly toss one-size-fits-all documents.
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The Jobs You’re Applying For
It could be the case that the jobs you’re applying for, don’t match your qualifications or experience. This is the second most common reason job seekers never get called for the interviews. There is such a thing as aiming too high. You’ll be dismissed from consideration immediately if you do not have the required qualifications, experience and credibility.
For instance, if a 24 years old candidate with 1-year experience in content writing is applying for a content manager role, he or she isn’t going to land an interview; you guessed it: I foolishly attempted this in 2007. Similarly a mechanical engineer applying for a business development manager role would never be considered by the recruiter.
Your Employment Gaps or Job-Hopping History
The unexplained gaps in your CV and/or your job-hopping history are the two things that would undermine your credibility. In today’s economy, you need to carefully present your experience to avoid being seen as unstable. Start by evaluating your situation and determining how bad it really is. If you are panicking about two months of unemployment back in 2005, your job search will probably not be affected. However, if you are dealing with recent periods of unemployment extending for months or even years, you will need to start strategizing.
The best idea to fill those unemployment gaps is to think of other activities you did apart from your regular jobs, and fill that time period. For instance, you could be doing freelance projects, volunteer activities, community involvement, consulting etc. Moreover, continuing education can also be used in the experience section.
Remember to never write the reason for leaving your current or previous job, on your CV. Instead, you can use the cover letter to explain your circumstances.
Other Possible Reasons
If none of the aforementioned reasons match your current scenario, there could be several other reasons; let’s say, you reside outside of the area or city, and the employer prefers local candidates, your credentials are a good match, but there are stronger candidates, there’s a delay in hiring process due to uncertainty about funding and a lot more.
Remember: It May Not Be You
You’ll boost your own psyche by remembering job search rejection can be utterly beyond your control.
Once in a while, a company will opt not to fill an open position after all. Sometimes a company already has an internal candidate for the position but is running an ad to cover its bases legally. And much more often than you might realize, rejection isn’t so much a case of you not measuring up as it is too many others being exceptional.
Keep your motivation flying high and don’t lose hope!
Happy job hunting!