You’ve been applying non-stop for jobs with companies you want to work for, but so far, there’ve been no bites. It’s frustrating, to say the least!
At this point, you’re banging your head against the wall, wondering why you haven’t heard back from anyone!
If this sounds a lot like you, don’t get discouraged. There are various ways to up your job-hunting game.
So, let’s dive into some of the reasons you may not be getting job interviews. Then, you can apply these tips and get some lined up!
1. Resume Is Lacking
Have you reviewed your resume lately?
Look it over and see if you’ve listed enough skills and accomplishments. Chances are you’ve forgotten to name a few. And if you have, they could be big selling points to recruiters.
For example, if you’re applying for a managerial position, don’t forget to list any and all relevant skills. Leadership and decision-making are two examples.
These types of skills may seem insignificant to you, but to a hiring director, they could mean a lot. If the last manager could never make up their mind, that skill could make you stand out!
Zero in on your most powerful skills and include the ones that you think could matter. Chances are, they will!
2. Gaps in Your Work History
If there are gaps in your work history, be sure to explain why that’s the case.
There are many reasons why people have gaps in their employment history:
- Struggled with an illness
- Cared for an ailing parent
- Went back to school
- Took time off to travel the world
Whatever the case may be, explain why there is a break between jobs on your cover letter.
For example, if you were caring for an ailing parent, let the reader know why you had to take time off from work. Also, be sure to explain that your parent is doing well now and that it won’t affect your job moving forward.
A quick explanation should suffice. Don’t let it occupy the entire letter, or you may lose the reader’s attention.
3. Spelling Mistakes Galore
If you haven’t edited your resume in a while (and even if you have), make sure there are no misspelled words.
Hiring managers are likely to throw a resume with misspelled words in the “no” pile. The same goes for cover letters, as well.
Having misspelled words shows that you don’t care, and it can look like you slapped it together. Take a few extra minutes to proofread everything.
It’s worth it to make sure there aren’t any embarrassing typos that could cost you a job interview.
4. Cover Letter Is Too Short
Having a short cover letter may seem like a good idea at the time. It’s easy to type out a quick note, and besides, you don’t want to lose the hiring manager’s attention.
But not highlighting your expertise or diving into why you wish to work for a company can hurt you.
Instead of only having a cut-and-paste cover letter that you send to every company, customize each one. And make it long enough to cover everything worth mentioning.
It’ll take extra time to craft different cover letters. But writing different ones will be time well spent, especially if you get a job interview!
5. You’re Overqualified
In some cases, you may be overqualified for a job.
Perhaps you’re applying for a particular position because that’s where your passion lies. If that’s the case, explain your reason for applying in your cover letter.
They may have a product you love and can see yourself promoting. Or maybe what their company stands for resonates with you. Whatever the case, convey how you feel in your cover letter so that they won’t overlook you.
6. Your Desired Salary Is Too Much
Some companies’ applications ask you how much you want to get paid.
If your salary requirements are unrealistic, there’s a good chance a company won’t want to interview you.
To make sure your salary isn’t above the going rate, do some research ahead of time. Based on the location and position, you should be able to come up with an appropriate number they won’t balk at.
7. Didn’t Follow the Directions
When filling out an application online, read through each question thoroughly. You can’t afford to make any mistakes when following the directions on an application.
If you don’t answer a question well enough, chances are they’ll skip over your application. Or, if you miss a step, that may reveal to them that you’re not detail-oriented.
It’ll only take you a few extra minutes to read over everything one more time before hitting the “submit” button. Do that so you won’t regret missing out on a great opportunity due to a stupid mistake.
8. Not Enough References
A lack of recommendations is another reason why you may not be getting any job interviews.
If you only have one referral but the job calls for three, get in touch with a few other people.
Hopefully, you’ve been staying in touch with past co-workers and professors. If not, call or email them to catch up, then let them know that you’re applying for work and want to list them as a reference.
If you had a good relationship with them before, they shouldn’t mind being a job reference for you.
9. Only Applying for a Few Jobs
It’s fantastic to feel confident enough about your resume that you’re almost sure you’ll get the job you want. But if you decide not to apply for other jobs, you’re doing yourself a disservice.
Don’t assume you’ll get an interview from your shortlist of companies. It’d be ideal if you did, but it’s not always realistic to think that way.
Treat applying for work as a full-time job until you line up a handful of job interviews. Even then, you should continue to apply until you get hired.
10. Inappropriate Social Media Profiles
Do your social media profiles reflect you well? If not, it’s time to make things private or do a refresh.
Double-check to make sure you don’t have any inappropriate photos. For example, having club photos with you showing too much skin on Facebook probably isn’t a good idea.
Your social sites should showcase your interests and talents. If your hobbies should align with the jobs you are applying for, that’s even better!
If your public social sites don’t make you appear a desirable candidate, set them as private or scrap them.
Applying for jobs takes a lot of dedication, so don’t be hard on yourself if the job interviews don’t come in right away.
If you’re going above and beyond to apply for work, then keep pressing onward. There are always more ways to improve your chances of getting a job.
Continue to work hard to achieve your dreams, and you’ll get invited for interviews sooner than you know it!
Bobbie Peterson has been in the multi-family housing industry for 14 years and is currently the Regional Vice President for Bria.