When you apply for a job, it’s frustrating if the company you applied to does not contact you. You want the opportunity to move forward in the hiring process and show off your skills, and it is easy to get discouraged in your job search if every resume you send seems to disappear into the abyss without generating any interest.
If you’re not hearing back from companies you submit applications to, it’s important to consider the reasons why and make a few tweaks to your job search process so you can get a better response rate. Here are a few key ways to solve common problems that prevent you from hearing back when you’ve applied for work:
- Problem: Your qualifications don’t match the job. Employers often have a clear idea of what you are looking for. They may scan your resume to see if you have included keywords they are looking for, and they may disregard your application if they don’t think your skills are a close enough match. You can reduce the chances of this happening by showing clear proof on your resume that you have the skills the employer is looking for. You can also contact the company to follow up. They may be impressed by your eagerness and take another look at the resume.
- Problem: Your application has errors. An application with mistakes is often a deal breaker since employers assume if you made errors on the application, you are likely to make mistakes on the job. Proofread your resume, cover letter and application very carefully, and consider having a friend or family member take a look to see if there is anything you missed.
- Problem: Your resume or cover letter is too generic. Employers can spot a generic resume and often will discard it because it shows you didn’t care enough to tailor your resume to the job. Make sure both your resume and cover letter are updated for each position you apply for.
If you are tired of not hearing back from companies, it may be time to get help from a staffing service who can get your resume to the right people and can help you apply for a job more successfully by connecting you with companies looking for people like you.
SmartTalent can help you to get your foot in the door in top companies in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. Give our staffing service a call today to find out how we can help you.