When you are looking for a job, it may seem like you are sending job applications into a big bottomless void. That is why one of the most important objectives that each job seeker has (in addition to being hired for a job, of course), is to receive a call to schedule a job interview. But if you are not getting job interviews, this is what you should do:
In your cover letter, you can politely write that you plan to follow up on your job application to see if the recruiter has any questions. It is perfectly acceptable to email the recruiter approximately one week after submitting your job application. This ensures that your application has been received and that you have a genuine interest in the job.
Review your documents.
You can be sure that your documents do not work if you are not receiving interviews. Consider a complete review of your resume and cover letter before applying for another job.
- Resume: Are you using the correct format? How many pages is the document? It should not be more than two pages. Rather than listing the activities in your previous job, list the results you have achieved. Lastly, use the keywords you find in the job description and add them to your CV for each job you apply for.
- Cover letter: How can you improve your cover letter in addition to customizing it for each role and adding keywords for each job description? Address the letter to the recruiter and make sure it complements your CV, not a copy of it. Start by telling them why you are the best candidate for the job.
Try doing a search to find people on LinkedIn who are in the same industry as you and find out who they are working for. You can search for recruiters for their jobs and speak to them directly, or even to those same people on LinkedIn, and thus make connections that can not only expand your network, but hopefully help you get a job interview.
Focus on quality, not quantity.
When you really need a job, it can be easy to apply to many job offers, but this could be why you are not getting interviews. Take the time to apply to three jobs for which you are very well qualified, instead of applying to 10 jobs for which you are semi-qualified or even overqualified. Be honest with yourself and your abilities and don’t waste time.
Apply on time.
It is important to submit your application as soon as possible. Within the first week or two of the publication date it is ideal. A Brazen report found that 43% of job openings are filled within the first 30 days. The sooner you submit your application, the greater the chances of being considered for the job.
Follow the instructions in the job offer.
Some companies eliminate candidates by including specific steps to take when applying. Failure to follow these instructions can send the message that you are not detail-oriented or really interested in the job.
Take a break.
Failing to get job interviews can create anxiety, so take a break from your job search to refresh yourself. Breathe and fill your extra time with relaxation.