Job hunting can be frustrating. Does this sound familiar? You find an interesting position, write your resume and cover letter, enthusiastically apply, and wait and wait and wait … only to hear nothing.
Few things in life are more aggravating than sending your application into a black hole. Were you an obvious NO? Or, did you just miss getting a call?
Although you may not know exactly what went wrong, you can troubleshoot with these six tips.
Be Sure Your Resume Opens
This may sound obvious, but files can be glitchy. Test your documents by sending them to yourself or a friend. If the job description requests a specific format, use that format.
Customize Your Application
A one-size-fits-all resume is easy and convenient, but also far less likely to result in a call back. Why? Many companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATSs) to pre-scan applications. Often, one of the first things the software looks for is keywords pulled directly from the job description. If you haven’t taken the time to match your resume to the job posting, you may never get past the computer.
Companies want to hire workers who can do their jobs well. Applying for a position is like a first date. You want to put your best foot forward. If you can’t follow directions during the application process, this is a bad sign. Read the job posting from beginning to end and make sure you have completed ALL the steps.
Check for Typos
Mistakes happen. However, glaring errors and misspellings make your application look sloppy. Show you are genuinely interested in the position by taking the time to proofread and perfect your work. Ask friends and family to double-check your materials in case you missed something.
We’ve all heard a story about someone who missed out on an opportunity because of a wayward social media post. Even if your accounts are squeaky clean, a friend’s tagged photo still could paint you in a negative light. Search your name to make sure you appear professional online. Remember to build your personal brand Hiring managers are looking for reasons TO hire, such as an impressive LinkendIn profile or an extensive online portfolio, as well as reasons not to hire.
Expand Your Search
According to Magazine, the average corporate job opening attracts 250 resumes. One to two percent of those people will receive an interview and only one will accept the job offer. If you find those numbers discouraging, prepare to look beyond the job boards and the help wanted ads. Network, volunteer, ask for referrals or consider working with a staffing agency or professional recruiter to increase your odds of success.
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