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13/02/2019

5 reasons why you are not hearing back from recruiters about a job

There are many reasons why a job seeker may not hear back from the companies they sent their CV to. Try avoiding these common job application mistakes during your job hunt and start getting those vital call backs and interviews.

Are you fully immersed in a job hunt but you’re not getting any feedback from recruiters after sending your CV and cover letter? You’re not alone. Unfortunately, among young job seekers this situation is more common than you might think and -yes, we know- it’s very frustrating. But don’t worry, there’s always a solution. If you are not hearing back from potential jobs, you are likely making some of the following job application mistakes. Check out the list below, then contrast it against your job search strategy in order to improve your rate of success.

Top 5 job application mistakes that could explain why you’re not hearing back from recruiters 

  1. You are just applying for the sake of applying, without having your values in mind. Remember that you are going to spend the majority of your time at work, so why would you apply to companies whose values don’t match our own? Remember to evaluate every job offer and invest your time applying only for those jobs that really suit you and actually interest you.
  2. You are sending the same CV and cover letter to every company. Job hunting is a job in itself, so, take the time to adapt your CV and cover letter specifically to each of the companies you would like to work for. If you are not taking the time to do this, why would they take the time to call you back? When writing your CV, be sure you are not making some of the most common CV mistakes such as: spelling and grammar errors, adding false information or not including quantifiable data to demonstrate the impact of your work.
  3. You’re not selling yourself well enough. Job hunting means competing in the labor market with other people (many, many others). It’s as if you were a brand trying to get customers. In this case, there’s nothing better than to start with the technique of personal branding to create a professional image and make a name for yourself in your sector.
  4. You’re not taking care of your social media profiles. Big mistake. Social media is an incredible tool to boost your professional career and climb the career ladder. According to certain studies, 70% of employers check candidate’s social media profiles to get a better picture of who they are before calling them for an interview. So, take advantage and use your social media profiles professionally. You will see that they really do help you get closer to your dream job.
  5. You are underqualified. Although we often recommend applying for a job offer despite being poorly qualified for the position, it’s important to be careful, specially when your background, studies or job experience really don’t match with the main requirements. For example, you really want to work for a specific company, but they are offering a position for a B2B sales manager and you come from a completely different background. In this situation, they might not call you because of your lack of experience. So, it makes no sense to apply to that position open in the company. Instead, if you have ample experience with B2C sales, you might have a chance. There’s always time to learn more about the sector!

If you are not hearing back from recruiters, you can improve your job hunting skills by following these tips. And, you know what? We have great news for you. The ‘CEO for One Month’ program of the Adecco Group has already started its application process. Participating in this international experience will provide you with the leadership skills at a very early stage of your career. You will learn, for example, how to run a Fortune 500 company like the Adecco Group, how to handle difficult situations with real life cases and how to keep the motivation of employees -the key to every company’s productivity-. All this, alongside the CEO of the Adecco Group, Alain Dehaze. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Do you have any further suggestions? Don’t forget to leave a comment below in order to help our job seeker community on how to get the job they are looking for.

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    One can also be overqualified for a job. A lot of times the company is not able to provide the resources for it to be a good fit for the candidate and they move on to the next candidate which is easier to recruit.

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