You sent in your resume through email, and then you wait. Then you wait some more. After a while, your empty mailbox seems to mock you: nothing for you here! Is this scenario familiar to you?
Sure it’s depressing. It would have been nice to hear back, even when they send you a rejection notice. It’s a little bit like having a loved one gone missing—you don’t know when they’ll be back, or if they will ever come back. After a while, you lose hoe a little bit each day.
To get a better understanding of why it has happened to you, here are some of the more common reasons for why you don’t hear back after you send in your application:
1 You’re Unqualified
When a job clearly states that they want someone with at least 5 years of experience, you’re certainly disqualified when you’re a fresh college graduate. So, of course, you won’t hear back from them. To spare yourself the heartache, you should avoid applying for positions for which you are clearly unqualified. You’ll just be weeded out, and you waste their time and yours.
2 You Failed to Use the Right Keywords
Take a close look at the job description of the available position. You may notice that the description contains certain keywords that are related to the skills and attributes they’re looking for.
This means that in your cover letter and resume, your skills and attributes must match with the job description. In other words, you just should use the same keywords in your own resume. If they want a programmer who’s skilled in certain programming languages, you should mention the same languages if you know them too. Put them in your bullet points, where hiring managers tend to glance first.
3 Your Formatting is Erratic
Many companies use automated programs to search through the hundreds of resumes they receive. But you don’t do yourself any favors if you use a format that’s inconsistent or downright hard to figure out. While you may think that the distinctiveness of the format may make your resume stand out, the truth is that it’ll just befuddle the automated programs which will then just disqualify your resume from consideration.
4 You Didn’t Tell the Truth
You may be tempted to fudge a bit about your accomplishments and work history, but it isn’t a good idea. That’s especially true when your resume doesn’t match what’s in your social media profiles. The truth will certainly come out, and nowadays that’s very easy to confirm. Forget the TV show Suits—that’s as unreal as the Twilight Zone. So you better make sure that your work history matches what’s on Facebook and LinkedIn.
5 You Sent Your Application Late
When a company receives a hundred resumes for a job, they tend to look at each one in the order they received them. So if you come in late, you’re at the back of the line. That’s just fair, and it’s entirely your fault.
It’s best if you don’t quit your job before you line up a new one, so the wait doesn’t cost you money. You can also get a leg up if you have a contact in the company you’re applying to—you have a reference already, plus at least you can hear back about your application!