You are all set and ready to begin the job hunt.
New interview suit, résumé done and sent out, you’ve practiced questions and answers to a variety of questions – but no interviews are coming in. Why?
Unfortunately, there can be a lot of reasons you’re not getting the interviews you want, but fortunately, you can do something about it when you figure out what it is.
Is it your résumé?
Maybe it’s your résumé, and remember, it has to be pretty outstanding to catch the attention of prospective employers.
Among the things to keep in mind:
* Is it too long or too short? Résumés have to be a pretty consistent length – too short shows you don’t have enough credentials and experience, too long makes it look overwhelming to look at and gives the impression there could be too much filler material. A couple of pages is plenty long enough.
* Are there any mistakes? You need to proofread the heck out of your résumé before you send it out. One wrongly used word or grammatical mistake can be the end before it even starts. Have someone proofread it for you; another set of eyes is always a good idea. Make sure you check for common mistakes, too, like proper use of contractions and homophones.
* Is it consistent? Make sure all your dates and job titles are consistent. Make sure the résumé itself is consistent in your format – bullet points, font size, and bold or italics should all stay the same throughout.
* Does it show results? Employers want to know about your successes and what you can do. Let them know with specific numbers and goals that you have met.
Is it where you are applying?
It is important to research any company you are applying to, and that is easy enough to do online. Even if you hear of a company from a friend or colleague and it sounds great, check it out before handing over your résumé or making a call. You want to be qualified for the job you are applying for, but not overly qualified. Check and see that you are a good fit for the company before applying. It could be you have great qualifications, just not for that particular job or company.
Do you need to be more aggressive?
Companies get many, many applications and résumés all of the time. Yours could be great but is getting lost in the muck of applicants.
Don’t be afraid to make a phone call to HR or a specific manager if you can. Let them know your information is coming to them and you’d love to follow up.
Is it something in your past?
Maybe there is something out there about your past that is causing you not to get an interview. Employers tend to look at social media sites and conduct searches before hiring. Make sure you have a clean reputation. If not, do something about it whether on your own or through a reputation company.
It’s discouraging to not get that interview. You feel you’re qualified, but you can’t get your foot in the door.
Take a look at what you’ve got, make some changes and stay positive.
About the Author: Heather Legg is a freelance writer who covers a variety of topics, among which include job searches and billfloat.