You are probably like most other unemployed people seeking a job. You're sending out hundreds of resumes in response to job postings. And, like most, you've become increasingly more frustrated with the lack of response; especially when you KNOW you're qualified for the job. We've received many emails asking us - "Why am I not getting a response from the resumes I've submitted?" There are a number of reasons that might be affecting you...
It Could Be A Communication - OR - A Strategy Problem - How are you communicating your work history and skills? It is important to note that a resume is NOT intended to communicate everything you've ever done in your career, but a sales brochure that outlines the best of your accomplishments; particularly those most applicable to the job for which you're applying. Are you applying blindly to every job you see that is remotely close to your skill set? You might consider narrowing your focus to jobs that reflect your skills and abilities. So, tighten up your resume and apply strategically!
Your Resume Was Reduced To Simple Data - These days, most companies require you to submit your resume online. Once you submit an online resume, it is no longer a "document". The format will be stripped away reducing it to" data". This data is sifted through an HRIS (Human Resources Information System) program and sorted by relevant data. So, if your resume fails to contain the "magic words" employers are looking for (i.e., MBA, 10 years experience, PeopleSoft, Payroll, etc.) it is likely that employers will never see your resume. So, be sure you read each job description carefully and determine if you actually fit the criteria the employer has listed as "requirements" for the role. The closer the fit, the more likely you are to hear back!
Your Resume Is Sitting At The Bottom of the Pile - Some employers are still old school. So, they prefer to receive an email with your resume attached. Refreshing, right?! No matter the recruiting method, employers posting open positions are receiving hundreds, if not thousands of resumes for a single position. So, the competition is steep. What's more is that the duty of sorting through those resumes is often left to a junior HR professional who might look past yours for some arbitrary reason. Unfair, I know. But you can improve your chances by making sure your resume is well worded AND ALWAYS include a (well written) cover letter.
It's An Employer's Market - This is an employer's market, thanks to the slowly rebounding economy. This means, employers will look for candidates who match their EXACT criteria. And...why not? They hold all the cards, so they can be as selective as they wish. This isn't great for you, but it's the way things work in a fickle economy. There's nothing you can do about the economy, but remember, the tide will turn. So, stay the course!
What Else Can You Do? Keep swinging! This is NOT the time to give in to frustration or become discouraged. Remember, all it takes is ONE employer to make an offer. Just one!
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