Have you ever applied to a job that you knew you were "a perfect fit for" and never even got a response?
Sometimes it's not your fault. But there are things you can do to minimize non-response and things you can do to avoid encountering it altogether.
- The ATS gave you a low score. Your resume may be lacking the right key words. Your name and contact info may be inaccessible to ATS. You may not meet the requirements ATS is looking for.
- ATS is not programmed to send responses.
- The job was filled by the time you applied.
- The job has been put on hold.
- The company is not interested in you.
- Some companies just don't behave responsibly or they lack the resources to respond.
- Occasionally the job was cancelled and the posting wasn't updated promptly.
- Sometimes the company recruiter does not follow through.
- Often there is simply no excuse.
You can deal with the problem by doing these things:
- Make sure your resume has key words used in the job description, used in context.
- Make sure your resume is compatible with ATS - Get help if you don't know how.
- Make sure you don't let job postings get "stale". Usually there is a "posted on" date. Get into the queue as quickly as is reasonably possible (be careful, sometimes haste makes waste).
- Avoid ATS by finding out who the hiring manager is and making direct voice contact with that person instead of immediately applying. Send your resume to the hiring manager after your conversation.
- Find hiring managers by searching on LinkedIn, Google and other media. Or make contact with people who work for the company and get referred by them.
- Make sure your LinkedIn profile is complete, up to date, and has all the search words companies will be looking for so that you get "found".
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