Job hunting can be frustrating and hard, especially when you put the effort into preparing your resume and then send it off to numerous companies and hear nothing back from any of them. It seems the trend in recent years is that if you are one of the fortunate ones, you may get an acknowledgement or receipt of your resume, or a rejection letter. However in many cases you can expect to hear nothing, and be left wondering if your resume has disappeared into a bottomless pit. Job seekers want to know one way or another, they want to know even if its bad news, and when they hear nothing it can be very demoralising and many job seekers tend to take it personally.

There are however reasons as to why your resume may not be getting the responses and attention that you were hoping for. One of the main reasons that this may happen, is that you may be applying for a job for which you do not match the criteria in terms of what they are looking for. You may in your mind have all the experience that they are looking for, but may not have the right qualification or amount of years of experience, that the recruiter requires. If a company says they want somebody who has 10 years’ experience and you only have 7, this can and probably will count against you. This is especially likely to happen in today’s market where there are plenty of job seekers applying for every job that is available, as this creates a situation where employers can become picky. The bottom line is that candidates that are an exact match or very close match will be considered first, so if there is somebody better matched to the job out there than you are, you will lose out.
Another reason that you may not be getting the right reception could be that your resume is not up to scratch. It may be too long winded, or it may not adequately describe your work experience and skills. It is important to also have a brief overview at the start of your resume, which will give a summary of your skills and qualifications. If the recruiter likes what they see in this section they will read further, if not they can lose interest.
It’s important to also tailor your resume according to the job that you are responding to. You need to ensure that your resume adequately covers all your experience related to the specific job that you are applying for.

There are a number of other reasons that a company may not consider you. There are numerous factors that can count against you, that you are not aware of. If you are responding to a position in a different country this can be a big turn off for companies, as there are generally rules and regulations when it comes to work permits for job seekers from abroad. This does not mean that you will not be considered, as many mining companies have expatriates working all over the world, but often companies will look locally before considering candidates from overseas, as it is a lot simpler and easier to get somebody on board locally, who does not have to relocate or need a work permit.

Do you have exactly the right qualification that the company is looking for? If they require a degree and you have a diploma, that may be enough to slam the door closed in your face. Is your resume error free and well written? A sloppy badly put together resume is very often a reason for recruiters to discard your resume.

All the above can be reasons why your resume is not getting the attention you feel it deserves. However often there is no real reason other than the fact that the recruiter has been inundated with resumes. Scores of resumes pour into employer job portals every day, and this has been the case now since the beginning of the economic meltdown some years back. Before the economic meltdown in 2007 most job seekers would hear back from a potential employer even if it was bad news, however because of the sheer volume of responses that many recruiters get, many of them have turned to an automatic resume screening system to help deal with the volume of responses. Some of these systems will provide an automatic accepter which will at least notify you that your resume has reached its intended destination, however some of these systems do not. There are reports that employers are receiving on average 75 resumes per position, but I suspect for some positions particularly in the struggling mining economy, that they are getting more.

Companies sometimes will also post jobs for a position when they have already lined up a candidate that they like, but just want to see what else is around, and they then hang onto the resumes for future positions. Sometimes they will advertise a position, and then change their minds, or fill the job internally, or projects can get cancelled. There are so many things that can change and go wrong. Then there are even the companies that post fictitious jobs as they want to increase their resume database, not very ethical, but it does happen.

So the bottom line is there are numerous reasons that your resume has not been responded to, and as a job seeker it is important to not take it personally and to remain positive and optimistic at all times.


2 Responses to “Reasons you are not getting responses to your resume”

  1. Mannered Muvango

    this is so inspiring Madam and it has actually unlocked some of the critical issues that has haunted us ‘job seekers’. So inspiring and educative

  2. Berry Limbrick

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog. A fantastic read. I’ll definitely be back.


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