Your Resume Doesn’t Match the Job Description
I know this probably sounds like a ton of work, but make sure your resume matches the job description in which you are applying. There are these little digital crawlers that go through all the resumes that have applied for a certain job and MAKE sure they match resumes and cover letters. Even if it’s just little phrases here and there, or making sure you state your skills that the job description requires (the ones you have, of course), do it! It will help you get through the job interview process.
You Haven’t Reached Out to People at the Company
If you haven’t read my SECRET for getting in touch with people at any company in which you are applying to, READ THIS! I genuinely believe that after you apply for a job, you should follow up with the company directly. You can do this via LinkedIn or by guessing their emails.
Letting someone know proactively that you are dying to work at their company will get you noticed. Everyone wants to hire someone who wants to work for them – make it super clear.
You Haven’t Networked
More often then not, people get jobs through networking. When I was laid off from my job, I joined groups like Women In Wireless to start networking. A lot of the (amazing!) women in that group actually helped me get new jobs.
If there aren’t any groups in your area, try going to a meetup – or heck – creating a meetup! Do something to meet other people who might have jobs in the field you are looking for one. Once you impress them with your amazing charm, they will be so happy to refer to. People love to pay it forward!
You Are Not Applying to Enough Jobs
Even if you are the best applicant in the world – you never know what is going on at a company. Job applications are a numbers game. Even though a job may be posted online, you never know if people internally are applying or if they can even afford you.
If you are in the job application process, don’t leave it up to chance by only applying to a few jobs. Apply to a LOT. Like, more than you think you should. When I was laid off I applied to over 50 jobs. I got 4, and I absolutely love job applications. If you are new to this process, assume your conversion rate will be slower!
Your Resume is Messy
Recruiters want to know that you’ll treat your resume the way you’d treat a job – make it typo-free and perfectly laid out. I have a resume template on my site you can always use – but there are tons of resumes out on the internet.
Make sure your resume looks pristine, is super clear and has no typos! Most likely, someone is going to skim it and not read it carefully – so looks matter.
Your Skills Aren’t Clear on Your Resume
Did you know that it’s a hobby of mine to look over friend’s resumes? I absolutely love it (I’m weird, I know). That being said, I’ve seen a lot of resumes. One of the biggest downfalls I see on resumes is that your skills aren’t clear. People will write out their job responsibilities under their headings, but they won’t see WHAT they actually accomplished in this role.
Think of your resume as a snapshot of what you can do, and what you will do for a future company. You want someone extremely confident in hiring you after looking of yours!
You Haven’t Found the Right Opportunity Yet
As I mentioned, job applications are a numbers game. Heck – job interviews are a numbers game! It’s ridic difficult to get a job and sometimes – the perfect opportunity hasn’t come along yet. Keep your head high and don’t get frustrated, you will get a job sooner than you think.
If you get rejected from a job – ask for feedback! See if you can understand why you weren’t the right fit. This will either provide comfort that the reasoning was outside of you, OR give you insight into what you need to do for the future.
It’s Not a Good Time of Year
If you are applying for jobs around a holiday, or during a busy season for a company – you may not be hearing back because no one’s in office! Take into account when you are hearing back from companies, and when you aren’t. There are sometimes perfect times of year – and sometimes there aren’t. Take into consideration the busy season of the place you are applying to – and you’ll get more job interviews.