Applied for lots of jobs but aren’t getting any callbacks? Here’s why.

I hear this all the time from my new clients. The story is always the same. “I’ve applied for heaps of jobs and I am not even getting any callbacks”. It sucks. It’s terrible. It’s the recruiter’s fault! Hang on a minute… Its not the recruiters fault your not getting callbacks. It’s YOURS!!!

OK, so I was very blunt with my last statement but I want you to know that it comes from a place of good intent. Hear me out, if you are sending out resume after resume and getting nothing back then there is a problem. Recruiters call the candidates that most closely match the needs of the job. You need to  convey this quickly and clearly. There are many things that you can do to be a stand out candidate with a killer resume. To help you on your way to lots of call backs, here are my top job search tips.

1 – Customise your resume for every single job

Customising your resume is essential if you want to show that you match up the job that you are applying for. Recruiters are working on many jobs at a time. They are receiving lots of applications and they are under a lot of pressure to find the best candidate. You need to make it easy for the recruiter to see that your skills, experience, qualifications and knowledge are exactly what they are looking for.

2 – Have all the good stuff up the top

A recruiter takes an average of 6 seconds to decide if your resume goes in the Yes pile or the No pile. You need to have your best info up the top. Things you don’t need to include at the top of your resume are your home address, date of birth or a professional profile that goes for any longer than 1 paragraph.

3 – Be clear, concise and to the point

There is no magic number of pages for a resume but I once got a 12 page resume. That was too long. Like seriously, who is going to read 12 pages? You need to be clear, concise and to the point. You need to remember that your resume isn’t a life story. It only needs to contain what is relevant to the job you are applying for.

4 – Only apply for jobs that match-up to your skills, qualifications and experience

The rule here is if you can’t do a minimum of 75% of the job then don’t apply. If you are significantly more experienced than what the job is looking for then don’t apply. You need to match-up to the job. If you can’t do it or if you are over qualified then you are likely wasting your time applying. Don’t forget that the recruiter will only call the candidate that most closely matches the need of the job.

5 – Do exactly what the application process states

If the application process says to email the recruiter then do that. If it says to apply via LinkedIn then do that. If it says to make an application video that goes for 2 minutes then do that. If it says to include a cover letter then include it. If you don’t follow the process it’s a red flag to the recruiter. There is a process for a reason and you need to make sure you are doing exactly what the recruiter is looking for.

Bonus tip – If you really want to land a great new job then you need to stop only applying for jobs via job boards and start using your networks. Read for more details.

I would also like to mention that there are some fantastic, supportive and dedicated recruiters out there. Lots of them in fact. Don’t let a bad experience with a recruiter tarnish the great ones.

Skye London

Career Coach | Career development | Job Search

Skye London is Co-founder and Lead Career Coach at Y Executive. With a passion for coaching and extensive experience in all things recruitment Skye has developed a reputation as the go to person for help with your career.
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