You’ve perfected your resumé, tailored your cover letter and targeted your job search towards positions you are qualified for and capable of succeeding in, but you aren’t receiving any calls or emails requesting interviews.
Here are some reasons why you aren’t getting interviews, many of which don’t have anything to do with you or your application.
If you think your job search is slow moving because of these reasons, you probably aren’t focusing on networking as a key part of the job hunt.
Reasons you have little control over
- Many employers may already have a candidate in mind. The job is posted only to follow company procedure. This happens often with contract positions.
- The position was also posted internally. In this case, external applications are much less likely to be looked at.
- Your application was never seen. An employer doesn’t always go through every cover letter and resumé that has been submitted. Often he or she will only go through as few as they need to in order to find five or so appropriate candidates to interview.
- The job may have already been filled. When a company pays to advertise a job, the job stays posted for a certain period of time, even if a candidate has been chosen within a few days.
- The position could have been cancelled after posting. This can be due to reorganization in the company, or a loss of funding.
While all valid reasons, none are excuses. If you think your job search is slow moving because of these reasons, you probably aren’t focusing on networking as a key part of the job hunt.
Applying to jobs you learned about through online or “real life” networks and contacts will largely eliminate the above reasons that could explain why you aren’t getting interviews.
Reasons you can control
- You aren’t applying to enough positions. While it is important to perform a targeted job search, if you’ve applied to five or so positions you saw posted online or in the paper, you’ve got much more work to do.
- You are only applying to positions you saw posted on online job sites. Sites like TalentEgg are a great start, but nothing beats learning about a job through a networking event or through an online contact in the industry you want to work in. The best jobs aren’t listed online. Network, network, network.
- You have listed your phone number or email address wrong (or not at all). I may or may not have done this before.
- Your resumé or cover letter aren’t awesome. Check out TalentEgg’s 15-Minute Makeover series covering basic aesthetics, nailing the important sections and writing better bullet points.
- You are applying for positions you are under- or over-qualified for. Don’t be afraid to aim high, but not too high. If you are over-qualified, be prepared to explain yourself.