Articles > Eight Reasons Why Recruiters Don’t Call - by Scott Brown
Many people send out resume after resume and wonder why they never hear back. There are many good reasons for this and eight of them are:
1. Your resume is not good enough – in today’s world, standards are high. You need to make sure you have a strong resume that clearly delineates your skills and abilities. At a minimum, make sure your resume doesn’t have spelling or grammatical mistakes. A high percentage of resumes recruiters receive have those, and many recruiters and hiring managers see these minor errors as a major turnoff.
2. Are you qualified for the job you applied for? Too often with the ease of the Internet, people are applying for any and all jobs – whether they are qualified or not.
3. The recruiters are swamped and don’t have enough time in a day to get back to everyone. Consider that one job alone can received hundreds of responses within the first few days. Sometimes, it is just impossible to reply to all of them.
4. Spam filters may have interfered in your resume being received. The recruiters are inundated with spam AND resumes and sometimes the computers have trouble telling them apart. Partly due to this problem, most recruiters have an automated email system that thank you for your application and give you an application number with a promise to follow up in the future if they are interested. The Lyris Content Checker (http://www.lyristech.com/resources/contentchecker/index.html) is one way to see if your resume is likely to be flagged as spam.
5. The position that you applied for may not exist. As irritating as it may be, sometimes job are posted to test the water or to see what type of talent is out there. Sometimes they are posted in the event that should the budget money and position be approved the company is in a position to move ahead. If the budget isn’t approved and the hiring doesn’t go ahead, it doesn’t affect anyone, as the applicants will once again figure that someone else got the job.
6. A company is looking to hire internally for a position but has to follow its procedures. Therefore, the job is posted, the pre-selected person applies, and the company doesn’t need to look at any other applicants.
7. A recruiter has a friend they want in the company and have to go through the same protocol as for all positions. In this case, the friend can apply and the recruiter may or may not look at any other applicants.
8. Sometimes, the job position lists skills that are unrealistic. There is usually a ‘wish’ list of skills that any hiring manager would love his new employer to have. Unfortunately, this level of skill is not paired to the right salary. They want senior level skills for junior level salaries. Many times these jobs go unfilled and will be reposted several times.
Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook (http://www.JobSearchHandbook.com). As editor of the HireSites.com weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.
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