When you apply everywhere hoping to land a job you sit down and start expecting getting either called or emailed for an interview. But oftentimes you never hear back from the job you applied for. Why is that?
There are a lot of reasons why recruiters ignore the majority of job applications they receive. If you’ve been applying left and right and still haven’t been getting any interviews, then maybe there are a few things you need to change about the way you apply!
This could include your resume, cover letter, or even your job searching strategies!
Job interviews are very important, take it from someone who applies to jobs just for the fun of it. Taking job interviews every chance you can is going to help you know the ins and outs of job interviews, helping you be a lot more comfortable doing so.
When you’re comfortable taking job interviews, you won’t worry anymore about how you perform and you’ll spend that energy instead on getting your message out there and convincing your interviewer that you’re the right choice!
But before you get down to your next journey of applying to jobs, let’s discuss out some of the reasons that may be keeping you away from getting job interviews!
1. You Aren’t Qualified Enough
This is one of the harsher reasons. Just because you’ve applied to a job that you think is suiting you doesn’t mean you’ll get that job. Maybe you don’t have the necessary education, skills, and sometimes not enough years of experience.
If the company you’ve applied to is using an applicant tracking system (ATS), then you may have just been filtered out by that very system. The system excludes all job applications that don’t mention enough keywords that the company is looking for.
What you need to do is make sure you have the right requirements for that job. This means that the cover letter and resume that you use to apply for that specific job need to be used for that job alone. One resume doesn’t work for all jobs, and certainly doesn’t the same cover letter.
Applying only to the jobs you know you are 100% qualified for is one way to keep your hopes up and not get disappointed, which could definitely put you in a bad mood and have you stop looking all at once.
2. Your Social Media Profiles Are Too Explicit
I can’t stress this enough! Make sure your social media profiles are private and don’t have anything in them that could have you disqualified.
Memes, political opinions, and anything that you wouldn’t scream out loud on the bus are all things you need to keep between you and your friends. There are many cases in which people were rejected last minute just because of a joke they’ve made several years ago; you do not want to be that person.
HR teams and companies nowadays research the background of every applicant they are interested in, and social media is just one part of researching that candidate.
3. Your Professional Background is Sketchy
As we mentioned earlier, HR teams and companies do extensive research on every candidate they are interested in, and this doesn’t include just social media!
One of the first thing they do is check the credibility of the professional experiences you’ve listed on your resume. So, if you have a bad experience with a job, it’s probably a good idea NOT to list it in your experiences section of your resume.
If you’ve ever been fired, if you had problems with your previous employers, the HR team is probably going to find out. This is why it is imperative you always leave a job smiling, and never start trouble with anyone since you know it could affect your career negatively!
4. The Company Isn’t Hiring Anymore
Sometimes not getting a job interview or being rejected simply has nothing to do with you or your qualifications.
The company may have found the right candidate for them before you even heard of the job opening, or the company realized they no longer need someone for that position anymore.
There are a lot of factors that lead to a company opening for a new position, any one of those factors changing could be the reason you haven’t heard from them!
5. You’re Overqualified
This could sound too be good to be true, but it’s still a bad thing since you won’t be getting that job.
A job recruiter looks at candidates’ profiles and assesses whether they are suitable for the position or not. If someone is underqualified, they are excluded for obvious reasons. But if a candidate is overqualified, then they are excluded not because they can’t do the job, but because they may cost the company more than the budget they set up for that job.
If the company is looking for someone with a bachelors in a certain field along with a couple years of experience, and you apply holding a masters in that same field and 5 years of experience. You’re obviously not going to settle for the salary that job comes with.
The company then disqualifies you simply because they know you won’t accept their offer, saving the both of you a lot of time and energy.