The Most Common Reasons Resumes Don’t Get a Response

You put together an impressive-looking resume. You crafted your cover letter with care. You saw numerous jobs to fill in various fields: architecture and interior design, marketing, banking and finance, and even electrical engineering jobs in Singapore are abundant. You even checked the ads of every recruitment consultant you could find. And still, you’ve been spending what seems like an eternity waiting for a response from the any of the several companies you sent your resume to.

It can be very frustrating to wait for the email or phone call that never comes, especially when you’ve spent so much time preparing for that moment when mastering all the commonly asked interview questions and answers would finally pay off.

So what went wrong? There are many possible reasons for the lack of response to your resume. See if any of these more common ones might apply to your case.

Your qualifications don’t match the employer’s requirements

If you sent your resume to an employer who needs someone with three years work experience, and you’re fresh out of college, you really can’t expect them to take interest in you. To avoid disappointment, look carefully at the job ads of the companies you want to apply to. Find those ads that best match your qualifications. If you find one that almost matches your qualifications (say, there’s one point where you don’t qualify), and you want to give it a shot anyway, state in your cover letter that you’re aware of that one aspect, and how you feel your other qualifications can compensate.

You didn’t follow the resume format.

You might have thought you’d have a better chance of standing out among other applicants by creating your own resume format. That’s a costly mistake. When a company requires a certain format, you have to follow that. No ands, ifs or buts. The moment such an employer sees a resume that departs from the standard format, they probably won’t even look at it.

You sent the same cover letter to all employers.

A fundamental mistake among young jobseekers is thinking that following a cover letter template means sending the same cover letter to every employer. That’s simply not the case. The cover letter template is just a format to follow. The content itself should be tailor-fit for each employer. Read up on each company you want to send your resume to, and craft your cover letter accordingly. Go into the specifics as much as you can. If they’re looking for an entry-level web designer, and that’s the position you’re eyeing, state in your cover letter that you’re responding to their ad. For more about how to craft cover letters, click here.

Your resume got buried under hundreds of others.

When you selected which ads to respond to, did you check the date these were posted? If they were there for a week or so, it’s possible that your resume arrived after a few hundred others. Here’s how you can get a step ahead. Keep looking through the want ads. If you can, check once or twice a day. The moment you see a new ad, if it’s your type of job and your type of company, that’s your cue to send your resume right away. By acting promptly, you’ll be among the first in line.

If you think one or more of the above reasons applies to you, take corrective measures immediately. There is no guarantee that you will get that much awaited call right away, but you can at least boost your chances of getting a response. Be patient. More importantly, don’t just sit around waiting. Stay active in your job search. Build a network, do your research, and always look for ways to improve your chances of getting hired.

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