If you are feeling frustrated because you’re sending hundreds of job applications without hearing back from recruiters, you are not alone.
Many job seekers, although qualified, are finding it difficult to land a job interview.
Some of the reasons why you are not landing any job interviews might be the following:
You don’t have a target
Being unemployed and having bills to pay is not helping, however sending hundreds of job applications without having a clear target, will not help either.
You need to have a list of potential target jobs that fit your experience, skills, and personality, in order to increase your chances of landing a job interview.
If for example your current position or most recent position is Account Executive, you should aim for the following positions: Account Executive, Account Manager, Sales Executive, Sales Manager, etc.
Aiming for a Sales Director might be one of the reasons why you are not landing a job interview.
You don’t customize your job application
By job application, I mean resume and cover letter.
Although you are aiming for the same job, different companies have different needs and different job descriptions for the same job.
Although it is time-consuming, you absolutely need to customize your resume according to the job description of the job you are applying to.
Highlight their main requirements and make sure you meet them and that they stand out throughout your resume.
For example, if they are looking for someone with 3 years of experience in a multinational corporation, assuming you have this experience, you need to make sure this is written in your resume and cover letter.
You don’t research the company
Researching the company and the role will help you to better understand their culture and needs and how you can position yourself as a candidate, giving you better chances of landing a job interview.
For example, if you apply for a digital marketing position, researching their online presence will give you a great overview of how well or not they are doing and how would you be able to help them.
Addressing their pain points and how you can solve them in your cover letter, should guarantee to land you a job interview.
You don’t know who you are sending your job application to
Regardless of whether you apply directly on the company’s website, LinkedIn or any other job portal, with a simple Google search, you should be able to find who is the Hiring Manager for the position you are applying to or the HR Manager.
You should always address your job application to somebody, not just to the “HR Department” or “Hiring Manager”.
Your resume doesn’t include your contact details
I know, this is a no-brainer but you would be surprised how many job seekers forget to add this important piece of information.
Make sure you include your email, mobile and LinkedIn profile.
Your resume does not look professional
Throughout my career, you will not believe how many unprofessional resumes I have received.
From resumes that included selfies, inappropriate email addresses (firstname.lastname@example.org) to inconsistent fonts, a lot of colors and grammar or spelling mistakes.
Make sure that your resume is consistent and relevant to the position you are applying to.
If you are not sure what to include, here is how to write a professional-looking resume.
Your resume is in the wrong format
Always send your resume in a PDF or Word format if you want to make sure that the hiring manager will be able to read it.
I know that looking for a new job is nerve-wracking and some of the above tips are very time-consuming, but sending hundreds of job applications and not receiving any job interview invitations is even more time-consuming.
If my tips helped you land a job interview, don’t forget to drop a comment below and share your experience.
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