The real test of patience begins after supposedly sending the needful for a job application. For a lot of us, getting no response from an employer could be a torturous experience, your confidence gets shaken and you end up being quite the pessimist. But wait up as we unveil a few things that you might have been doing the wrong way. With this article, Career Marshal identifies those mistakes and brings forth a few solutions that you would love to adopt.
It has happened a lot of times to many job seekers. In a hurry to send the job application, it is highly likely that you did not go through the whole job profile especially the job description and the qualifications/experience required for the job. Another thing that a lot of applicants miss out on is reading the job application instructions properly. There are times when you have to follow a certain set of instructions for a certain profile – some ask for cover letters while some don’t; some ask for references while others don’t.
Possible solution – Here is what you can do, be very careful while applying for a job. Read the job profile properly, give it ample time and go through every bit of it. Make sure that your educational qualifications and your experiences meet the requirements of the position that you’re applying for. Pay attention to the instructions given and be very specific about following the instructions. Be cautious, deliver what has been asked for, nothing more and nothing less.
We live in a highly competitive environment, therefore do not assume that yours would be the only application that employers will have to go through. There is a high possibility that there is just one hiring manager/ HR person to see all the mails from the applicants and they are too busy to view all the resumes, which is sad but true. For every vacancy, there are a lot of job application mails that need an assessment; this is why numerous companies have opted for a software known as Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to make their hiring process a lot lighter.
Possible solution – Your resume should have a mention of your skills that will complement the job profile, make sure that your experiences and your core strengths mentioned in your resume are in alignment with the position you’re applying for. Coming to ATS, you will have to do your research on the words that are most used in describing the job profile as well as the industry you’re up for. This will help you get the right keywords that you can put on your application documents such as your resume and cover letter.
Resume with the wrong pattern
The misconception that “the longer the resume, the higher the chances of getting a response”, needs to be debunked. A lengthy resume doesn’t really make any difference if you have nothing substantial on those pages. If your resume has a lot of irrelevant details on the first page, there are high chances that the second page and the pages after that will never be viewed – this simply means you’ve followed the wrong pattern and structure.
Possible solution – Know the job profile inside out, identify your skills and experiences that make you a strong candidate. Follow the right pattern by putting those details on the first page and highlight the same. The work experiences that do not relate to the job requirements can always be erased from your resume, a resume of 2 pages is good enough with the right details.
In your quest for a new position or a new job, keep in mind the importance of staying proactive – do your follow ups but never get to an extent of hounding the employers. The competition is tough and stiff, but as you follow the suggestions given above, keep looking for opportunities actively and never give up.