Have you applied for jobs that you are qualified for, but you never heard anything back from the employer? Did you wonder if they even saw you resume?
Here's why you're not getting any callbacks.
1. You're resume doesn't show how your experience is a good match for a job fast enough.
Recruiters are experts at scanning resumes. They spend less than 10 seconds reading a resume before making a decision to interview someone. Your resume needs to quickly show how you meet the basic job requirements to be effective in today's job market.
For best results, you need to be able to anticipate what recruiters are looking for in your resume and in what order so you can organize and emphasize information in your resume according to their needs. To learn how to do this, watch my free online training on how to create a resume that employers can't resist.
2. Another applicant has better quality experience.
If another candidate has worked for larger companies, has worked in a more relevant industry or type of company, or has explained his accomplishments more effectively on his resume, employers will choose him over you.
3. You waited too long to apply for a job.
The longer you wait to apply for a job, the larger the candidate pool is going to be (larger candidate pool = more competition). For best results, apply for a job within three days of it being posted.
4. You live more than 25 miles away from the job location.
One of the main filters that recruiters use to rank candidates is location. They prefer to look at candidates that are in a 25-mile radius of the job location. If you live more than 25 miles away from a company, you may never be considered for a job no matter how good your resume is.
5. You didn't include the right combination of keywords in your resume and application.
In order to get your resume past the applicant tracking system (i.e., the screening software), it needs to have the right combination of keywords because recruiters use keywords to search, filter, and rank candidates. To learn how to anticipate what keywords need to be in your resume, read this free chapter from Resumes Made Simple.
6. You don't meet enough of the basic requirements.
If you don't meet at least some of the basic job requirements outlined in the job posting, the rest of your experience is meaningless. Employers want to hire people who don't need much training and can hit the ground running, which is how they come up with the list of requirements embedded in the job posting.