With 7.8 percent of the United States population currently unemployed as of September 2012 and only a select number of job vacancies available, competition is at an all-time high. Those actively seeking employment have probably submitted several hundred resumes to different companies in the last few months, and the majority of them were probably left unanswered.
If this has happened to you, chances are you are wondering where you went wrong. But unfortunately, the question does not have a simple answer. There are several reasons why you may not have received a response from the Employer:
Your presentation is sloppy. Your resume is the employer’s first impression of you, so it is important to make it a good one. Too often, employers receive resumes that lack a professional appearance—including resumes containing spelling errors and grammatical errors — which employers say it is a huge turn off. To prevent this from happening to you, have someone with good writing skills review your resume prior to submitting it to potential employers, or after you have posted it online.
You did not follow the directions. You are excited because you just found the job of your dreams— but don’t jump the gun to apply just yet. It is important to read the application instructions prior to submitting your application if you want to be considered. For example, if the employer requests that you include your salary requirements, make sure to do so. If you don’t, chances are the employer will skip over your application entirely, as it raises a red flag: if you cannot follow simple application instructions, how will you be able to follow directions from your superiors in the office?
You were one of the last candidates to apply. The internet has made it easier and more efficient for Job Seekers to submit their resumes, which has resulted in more applicants applying for the same position. Competition is high—employers simply do not have the time to spend pouring over a resume. While the recruiting process can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, the earlier you submit your resume, the better. As the recruitment cycle nears its end, employers usually have a good idea of who they want to pursue, and may not even get to viewing your resume.
Your profile does not match your resume. Companies will sometimes refer to social media websites to get a better view of who you are, which is why it is important to keep your profile in sync with your resume. When the two do not match, the employer may wonder if details provided in the resume have been fabricated. In order to prevent this from happening, build your social media profile directly off your resume and if possible, have colleagues endorse your work.
The recruiter has not had time to respond. The job of a recruiter is not an easy one. Recruiters juggle may different tasks on a daily basis. If you have not heard back from them, it is possible that they are interested in you, but have not had the time to respond to your application. Recruiters would love to be able to respond to every Job Seeker—even those who do not make the cut—but time does not allow. As a job seeker it is important to remember that if you do not receive a call, it isn’t personal.
You are too eager for employment. While employers like Job Seekers with initiative and drive, Job Seekers can be too pushy. While a follow up is common in the job search process, some candidates take it too far and end up becoming a bother to the employer. Proper etiquette is to wait one week after submitting a resume, then follow-up with a call to the employer. If you do not hear back after that, you should not inundate the company with phone call after phone call. Chances are the employer has chosen another candidate, and you should move on.
You are not qualified. The top reason why candidates do not get a call back is because they simply aren’t qualified. Statistics show that over 50 percent of those who apply do not meet the outlined requirements. Many candidates will apply for an opening even when they know they are lacking one or two of the necessary skills. They may believe that the company will overlook a required skill in exchange for vast experience in the field. However, for most employers this isn’t the case. Employers know what skills are necessary for the position and will not consider you if you are lacking that skill. Applying for positions for which you are not qualified wastes everyone’s time: the employers’ and yours.
When it comes to the job search, it’s an uphill battle. One mistake could cost you being considered for the job.
Amanda Hopkins is a member of the Casino Careers, LLC Recruitment Team. She specializes in identifying resources to publicize career opportunities enabling qualified candidates to connect with Employers seeking their expertise. Amanda possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and was Editor-in-Chief of The Voice at Bloomsburg University in PA.
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