No matter how great the job market is, the job hunt seemingly never gets easier.
You may be following every job search tip in the book, but still not hearing anything back. After shooting off a few dozen applications and not getting a positive response, it may be time to rethink your strategy. While rejection is hard to take at anything but a personal level, the majority of job seekers actually go through a similar experience.
In fact, Glassdoor found that for the average 250 resumes a job opening attracts. only four to six receive an invitation to interview. Of course, only one of these will actually get the job. So, what’s this mean for the average applicant?
Only around 2% of applicants to corporate jobs will receive an interview. He or she will then have a 0.4% probability overall of being the ‘chosen one’.
However, this eyebrow-raising number isn’t that striking if you think about how the average applicant measures up. If you strive to be the cream of the crop, here are some common job hunting mistakes to avoid that may be hurting your competitiveness!
Help! Why Am I Not Getting Hired?
What can you possibly be doing wrong? We have a few ideas.
1. Ignoring the fact that AI may be reading your resume 🤖
You may have the greatest story to tell, best work ethic, and highest motivation to want to land a certain position. However, this may all go down the drain if it’s not directly translated for machine eyes to see. Artificial intelligence has greatly disrupted how the applicant screening process works. Whereas before a hiring manager may have been manually leafing through stacks of paper, computers now do the cherry-picking first.
To get a shot at getting through that first round, you’ll have to optimize your resume to include measurable results, error-free spelling and grammar, and keywords relevant to the job description. While a robot-targeting resume may not feel as authentic, it’s now necessary for most large corporations.
2. Sending out 2923 generic applications 📮
Public Enemy #1: Not customizing applications.
This is perhaps the greatest job seeker offense and can destroy your chances of ever hearing back at all. If you’re shooting out hundreds of resumes and cover letters without tailoring each bullet point to be relevant to the job, you’re probably wasting your time. Read up about the company’s values and what is most important in order to succeed on the job.
3. Not minding your manners, online and in-person 🤝
Confidence is key, but cockiness or pride may explain why you’re not getting hired. From the start of the application process, be mindful of what you’re writing and how you come across when interacting with a hiring manager. While it can get frustrating not hearing back for weeks about a position, refrain from sending out follow-ups with rude comments or passive aggressive wording. Even if you end up not getting a job, coming off as impolite will burn bridges and hurt employment chances at the same company later on.
4. Forgetting interview etiquette 🤷♀️
Landing an interview is a great sign!
Whenever you do hear back about an interview, the next challenge begins. In-person interactions require an even greater attention-to-detail than online correspondence. Why? So many verbal and non-verbal factors come into play, so it’s critical that you’re aware of any signal you’re giving off. Remember to follow common interview etiquette, dress appropriately, and rehearse your selling points ahead of time. When you’re waiting to hear back afterwards, remember to send a thank-you message and follow up with any missing documents or information about yourself.
5. Applying for the wrong positions 🚫
Another source of your job hunting woes may also stem from the kinds of positions you’re applying for. It’ll be a tougher sell if you’re either too underqualified or overqualified for a job. Not enough experience and you might have a hard time performing. Too much experience and hiring mangers may be concerned about giving a higher paycheck and retaining a bored employee down the road.
For those that apply to positions that fit within that sweet spot, you’ll stand a much better chance of getting a call back. This is because almost half (42 percent) of received resumes don’t meet the job requirements.
6. Letting your personality rub others the wrong way 🙄
Even if your qualifications speak for themselves, culture fit is still a critical piece of the hiring puzzle. If hiring managers can’t envision your personality meshing well with the team, then it may be a reason you’re not getting hired. Again, be mindful of how you come off, even if you think you’re just being yourself. If you’re being polite and following interview and email protocol, and still have no success, it may be a sign that it’s not a mutual fit.
7. Lacking passion (and showing it) ☁️
Not all jobs will get you up and humming in the morning. However, if you’re aiming to get a job, focus on what about the position gets you excited. What are some positive points that you can focus on? Even if the job is just a way to provide for your family, let your excitement and gratitude show through in your correspondence. Thoroughly research the company and culture before an interview to demonstrate you care enough to actually dive a little deeper.
Getting a job can be challenging, but it shouldn’t be impossible! Take your pick of a fulfilling and well matching job for your qualifications. Not sure how to continue the hunt? Check out Arizona’s best employers hiring now!