Applying for Loads of Jobs but not Hearing Back from Employers? Here are the Top Reasons Why
There’s nothing more frustrating than applying for a job role and not hearing back from employers. You have no idea whether you have either been accepted for an interview or rejected from the application process – it’s not nice to be left in the dark!
It is a frustrating period as you are left waiting around for weeks on end without an answer, but unfortunately it’s just part and parcel of the job application process.
Many things can make you appear to be the wrong candidate to employers but in this blog, we’re going to look at some of the key reasons why you may not be hearing back from an employer and what you can do to improve your chances.
1. The Employer Doesn’t Have the Time
One of the main reasons why you may not be hearing back after sending a job application is that the employer simply hasn’t got the time to answer every candidate.
Only around 20% of applicants are invited to interview and the remainder are often ignored.
Don’t take it personally though, as many recruiters simply don’t acknowledge the unsuccessful candidates due to lack of time.
To boost your chances of getting acknowledged, apply as soon as possible.
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2. Your CV is too Long
While it’s important to include all of the information you can to show off your skills, experiences and abilities, a never-ending CV could be extremely off-putting to employers.
Recruiters aim to find the vital information swiftly to decide whether the candidate could be suitable for the role – therefore, keeping it as concise and in line with the job advert as possible is key.
If you believe your CV is a little long-winded, re-evaluate what isn’t relevant to the job to make it snappy, succinct and interesting.
3. You’re not Following Instructions
Some job adverts require you to follow certain instructions during the application process.
If these are overlooked it could put you at a real disadvantage of getting hired.
A cover letter, for example, may be required or you’ll need to submit your CV as a word document instead of a PDF.
These factors seem irrelevant to you but are often in place to test your attention to detail and ability to follow instructions (especially if you have noted down that you’re a stickler for detail!).
4. You’re Asking for too High a Salary
In some circumstances employers ask candidates about the amount they expect to be paid at their next role.
It can be uncomfortable to discuss wages with a new potential employer -especially if you feel you may be cutting yourself short or asking for too high a pay rise.
If your requirement is far above what the company is willing to pay a new employee, it may not even get to the recruiter’s desk. So it might be worth carrying out research to determine the salary of a job role at the level you’re applying for.
5 – It’s not You, it’s Me
And finally, sometimes in recruitment things just go wrong!
Hiring someone is a big commitment – especially for smaller employers. It costs a lot of time and money. So when the slightest thing goes wrong with their company or plan, things can quickly crumble.
Their funding might have suddenly been delayed or their main client could have backed out of a big project, leaving them uncertain about their own roles let alone the one they’re hiring for!
If you haven’t heard back from an employer for a few days and you’re starting to get itchy, don’t panic. Send a follow-up email and be patient – things could still work out for you!