Not hearing back from job applications?
Are you feeling frustrated that you’re not hearing back from job applications? You’re not the only one.
You’re applying for 100s of jobs every week and you’re prepared to do anything. You check for new jobs daily and keep sending off your CV via different job boards and to employers. But you’re not hearing anything back. Why?
It won’t surprise you to hear that many employers are now receiving hundreds (sometimes thousands) of applications for each vacancy they advertise. Whilst that naturally means it’s harder to make your application top of the call-back list, it doesn’t mean you should give up hope.
If you’re genuinely proactive in your job search, flexible and enthusiastic, you should be able to find work – even in the current climate when lots of people are looking for new jobs too. Try these top 3 tips now to increase your chances of job application success.
#1. Change your CV
It’s important to make sure your CV is a match for the jobs you’re applying to.
If the job advert states that specific experience or qualifications are essential, don’t waste your time applying if you don’t have what they need. Many vacancies are more flexible and do not require specific experience but are looking for transferable or soft skills. In which case, you should change your CV to make it obvious to the reader that you have what it takes.
Take a look at the example below. Jane has less than 1 year’s experience working in local bars, restaurants and coffee shops. She’s struggling to find work in the hospitality sector and wants to find something in retail instead.
At the top of her CV, she’s clearly written what type of work she’s looking for and that she can start straight away. In the very first paragraph, she’s described the type of skills that were written in the job advertisement – being hard-working and flexible, with excellent customer service skills.
She’s then included a bullet point list, summarizing what skills she can offer. This helps an employer to see at a glance what she could bring to the role, followed by an overview of her experience and qualifications.
(If you do have relevant experience, you could use this section to list some of the duties you undertook in your last role, or equally any certificates or training that might be relevant to your application.)
Jane’s CV is more likely to receive a call-back or an interview request because she’s spent some time showing the employer why she’s right for the job.
#2. Have more than one CV
If you’re trying to look for a job in more than one sector, make sure you create different versions of your CV. Change your summary section at the start of your CV and update the key words you use to describe yourself to match those in the job description.
Using relevant key words will also help your CV to be picked up by recruiters and employers when you post it on a job board. Just like a normal search engine (such as Google or Bing), they use key word searches to find the right person for their job.
If you use a standard template like the one in the example above, it won’t take long to amend it. This one could easily be changed to apply for admin jobs or warehouse work for example. Some job boards even allow you to save more than one version to your account. If not, save them on your computer as ‘Jane’s Retail CV’ or ‘Jane’s Admin CV’ for example.
Sparing a few moments to make these changes means it’s more likely your CV will be read. Don’t forget if you want an employer to spend time reading it and to call you back, it’s worth your while going the extra mile too.
#3. Put in some time
Applying via your mobile phone is now the most popular method to apply for jobs. You can download an app or do a quick search, fire away your saved CV and apply in a couple of clicks.
But in doing so, it’s likely that you may read the job advert properly. It’s easy to miss important details and you may even have applied for that job already. You’ll also most likely be using your general CV, rather than one targeted to this specific opportunity.
Looking for work takes time and effort so it’s worth allocating set time every day or week rather than browsing over lunch or whilst you’re watching TV.
Set aside some time, a quiet spot and ideally use a laptop or tablet if you can. Make sure you read the adverts carefully, think about your targeted CV/application and ideally make a record of which companies you’ve applied to so you can follow them up.
Still not hearing back on job applications?
Finally, the most important part of looking for work is to stay positive and not to give up! There are jobs out there and here on Jobs Match we typically post 10-20 new vacancies every weekday. Why not register for our weekly jobs email or follow us on social media to stay informed about the latest jobs as soon as they’re posted. Or if you’re still struggling and not hearing back from applications, request a call back from one of advisors.