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Top 4 Reasons You’re Not Hearing Back After Applying For A Job

Make Changes To Improve Your Chances

Leigh Gillatt  •  Careers Advice


Top 4 Reasons You’re Not Hearing Back After Applying For A Job

Unfortunately, rejection is an unavoidable aspect of the job search. With so many different companies looking for different qualities, you cannot be everything to everyone — and as such, you’re going to get rejected (or even more likely, hear radio silence), every now and then.

But if you’ve sent out 15 or 20 applications and haven’t heard a word in response, it’s time to stop thinking of it as a series of fluke rejection and start thinking that its a pattern and something is wrong elsewhere.

Below I’ve detailed the top 4 likely reasons that you’re not hearing back after applying for jobs.

1. There’s simply not enough hours in the day.

With an abundance of candidates applying for limited positions, recruiters might simply not have enough time to respond to each and every job seeker who applies for the position.

In fact, on average, for every one job opening, an employer receives 118 applications and only 20% of those applicants actually receive interviews.

Not only that, the hiring process itself has lengthened in recent years due to various factors.

So even if all you want is a “thanks, but no thanks” email to verify that someone simply even read your job application, don’t take it personally if you haven’t because many recruiters and hiring managers unfortunately just don’t have enough time in the day to do that.

Every morning search the job postings and jump on anything for which you’re qualified (and in which you’re interested.) Being early with your CV or application does matter as these stats above show.

Why not start now by view our latest jobs.

2. You really aren’t qualified for the position

If a job description requires that you are a mechanical design engineer with 3-5 years of experience and you’re actually a recent graduate with non-relevant part-time work experience, it’s very unlikely you’ll get a call.

On the other hand you may have the experience and by all accounts, you think that you’re more than qualified for the position. But when a potential employer reads your CV, they may have a different opinion.

Whatever reason it might be (e.g., you don’t have the necessary skills, you’re missing a particular certificate such as a CCNSG safety passport that is paramount for the role, etc.), you’re just not the right person for the position.

Be aware also that a potential employer might not legally be able to tell you what’s wrong with your application (or you), so this also leads to no reply to your application.

3. Your CV needs an overhaul

You might think distinctive formatting will set your CV apart, but the algorithms automated ATS software used by the vast majority of recruiters these days aren’t programmed to consider if your CV is pretty or not.

Help a machine out. Be consistent in formatting – consider using separate lines for former employer, job title, and years worked, and don’t forget to include the necessary keywords relevant to the role throughout your CV.

Why not give your CV an overhaul by checking it against our top 6 features you should include in a CV.

4. Companies are simply doing more screening

When you click send on your job application, it sets off a lengthy screening process.

First, your CV often gets screened by ATS software for specific keywords that assess your skill & qualifications vs the requirements of the role. – hence why it is imperative you use the keywords found in the job description within your CV.

Then, if the software deems your application acceptable, an actual human at the company will review your application to see if you are a suitable candidate—setting off a mass of other various screening processes - sometimes called background checks.

Not only is the information on your job application being verified, but potential employers are also checking you out online to see what else they can find out about you.

A whopping 70% of employers are screening candidates on social media. They’re reviewing your LinkedIn profile, your Facebook page (to see what’s public and what’s not), your tweets on Twitter, what kinds of pics you like to post on Instagram and so on.

Anything slightly objectionable, or that is greatly different from that which is on your CV, on any of your social media profiles can cause you to not hear back from an employer.

e.g. Have you stated you've worked for a company and yet never have? - the digital screening processes available today can allow employers to easily check.

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