Why Are My Job Applications Not Getting a Response?

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Unfortunately, it’s a scenario the majority of job seekers have encountered at one stage in their career search. You spend countless hours polishing your CV and writing a compelling Covering Letter, however, your efforts seem to come to little or no avail. Here at Plus One Personnel, we know all too well that it’s disheartening and upsetting for jobseekers. Therefore, we’re going to share with you some reasons why you might not be hearing back as often as you’d like, and what you can do to improve your chances of getting that response.

1) Make sure you apply for the right kind of job

You are far more likely to receive responses if you apply for jobs that distinctly match your skills and experience. You need to apply for roles that are fitting to you and pertinent to your specific career level.

2) Be sure to follow instructions

It’s quite often the case that job advertisements will have clear instructions on how candidates should submit an application when they apply for the role. Make sure to precisely follow the instructions the organisation provides.

3) Tailor your CV

If you craft your CV to every role you apply for you are bound to receive a greater number of responses. Make sure you highlight the skills advertised on the job specification within your application and CV for a greater chance of success. This means including relevant keywords that match the job role.

Furthermore, it’s wise to not just use standard CV templates. Show off your personality and individuality by creating something that is bound to retain some attention. Also, don’t make your CV too long, and of course be sure to include your up-to-date contact information!

4) Make sure to include a Covering Letter

You want to show your potential employer you have strong communication skills, and your Covering Letter can help you stand out from a number of other applicants. Spend some solid time shaping this and try to make it as persuasive and powerful as possible.

5) Proofread and proofread again

Before submitting any application/CV/Covering Letter make sure you check over everything and then check again. The last thing you want is to find out the application you just submitted is filled with hidden typos or grammatical errors you didn’t pick up – not the best first impression!

6) Clean up your social media

There are numerous employers who will try and do as much research on potential candidates before making a hiring decision. This may include taking a browse at their social media and online presence. Ensure to clean up your social media platforms or at least heighten your privacy settings so you don’t put yourself at any risk. Additionally, having a strong LinkedIn profile will also be a major advantage when you are applying for jobs, so take some time to set up a well-built LinkedIn profile.

7) Don’t just focus on online job boards

A lot of job seekers will just browse the usual large online job boards, but the truth is you should be broadening your job search. Try networking, sending out emails, or getting in touch with a local recruitment agency to help you in your search.

This is not an extensive list by any means, so although we can’t guarantee you will start getting the responses you’ve been hoping for, hopefully, these tips will help improve your chances.

Do you need some more advice? Get in touch with us to discuss your career search with us.