It was recently reported that there are approximately 10.9 million job openings in the United States currently. Yet, some candidates are still submitting resume after resume only to be met with radio silence. If you’re one of these candidates, it can be highly discouraging. But not to worry, there are a few areas you can address in order to increase your chances. Here are three reasons why you aren’t getting job interviews and how you can change that.
Your Resume Is Stale
Yes, we realize you probably already refreshed your resume. But the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So go ahead and give it another shot. Some things to look for: organization, relevance, and length. One good way to think outside the box is to share your resume with a friend, family member, or mentor. Have them give unfiltered feedback and ask if they would hire you.
You Don’t Go The Extra Mile
While there are many open positions, there is also an influx of candidates making a move. We are in the midst of what some experts refer to as “The Great Resignation.” After staying put during periods of uncertainty, people are ready for change. So, for competitive jobs, there may be dozens of highly qualified applicants. This means you need to find a way to stand out. If there is a role you are really gunning for, go the extra mile. Be sure to submit an “optional” cover letter, seek out the hiring manager on LinkedIn, or craft a personal email to the HR team to accompany your application. The littlest bit of effort can leave a lasting impression during a competitive hiring process.
You’re Applying Too Late
With an influx of great candidates, companies aren’t having to wait long to hire. Jobs are filled mere days after being posted. After over a year of uncertainty and underemployment, management is eager to fill gaps on their teams. This means it’s essentially first-come, first-serve. The sooner you can apply for a job, the better. Which is all the more reason to have a refreshed resume ready to go!
Unfortunately, sometimes there are just better candidates. That’s why it’s in your best interest to keep looking, keep applying, and seek out jobs that are truly a great fit for your skillset and experience.