30 JOB APPLICATIONS and no one INVITATION! Are you wondering why you haven’t been contacted? You have refreshed your email at intervals, yet, invitations aren’t dropping. Your phone is fully charged but the only calls you are receiving are from families and friends.
It’s very funny when you have applied for a job where it appears you are a perfect match and you haven’t heard from the employer after spending so much time building and structuring a CV/Resume with an attractive cover letter. The reason is, many recruiters and hiring managers are searching for the perfect candidate.
Below are the top reasons why you may not have been contacted for an interview, if you fall into any of these categories, revisit your application materials and make adjustment accordingly.
- Your Job Role is not a Match: You were screened out immediately the hiring manager discovered your job role didn’t match the requirements listed in the job post. Recruiters are too busy to take the time to figure out whether someone is a strong applicant. They are looking for you to show them why you’re qualified.
- You lack the job qualification: Your qualification & skills are the only requirement needed to excel in the job. Only apply for the job when your qualification and skills match the job posting
- You didn’t follow direction: All necessary information requested was not provided or you didn’t follow the methods and direction for the application. Make sure you’ve covered all the bases, especially when you are applying for a job online.
- You lack the required experience: If you lack the right experience for that job role, you will probably not get an interview invite.
- You have employment gaps: An unexplained gap in your CV/Resume is already a red flag for a prospective employer. It leaves the question of what you have been doing during the time you weren’t gainfully employed.
- Your resume wasn’t tailored to the job description: Probably your resume lacked the required keywords listed in the job posting. Always ensure the right keywords are included.
- You didn’t showcase your accomplishments: It takes only 5 minutes for a recruiter to glance through a job seeker’s CV/Resume, try and convert your job roles to accomplishments and skills, and if possible represent the skills graphically.
- You submitted a generic cover letter: Your cover letter was not tailored to the job; the reason for a cover letter is to sell your accomplishment to the hiring manager. Fashion it to show what you have accomplished in your previous roles and show what you can offer the company. Be realistic and specific about this.
- Your unprofessional Social Media presence: Most recruiters’ trace you to your social media handles before given your CV/Resume an audience, your online image may have damage your candidacy. Before applying check your social media presence, adjust your privacy settings and ensure everything available to the public is appropriate.
- Your CV/Resume is full of errors: It is not always easy to sight your own errors, spend enough time proofreading the application documents or call the assistance of a professional to look them over for you.