Job Hunt: What To Do If You Aren’t Getting Called For Interviews
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When youâve been actively applying for jobs, it can get really frustrating when you arenât getting called for interviews. If this is happening to you, donât give up; but take a short âtime outâ to analyze the reasons why youâre not making it to the next round in the hiring process.First, look at how much of a âfitâ you are for the jobs to which youâve been applying. Review several of the job postings for jobs to which youâve applied. Read through one job posting and as you read each requirement, ask yourself the following questions:Do I meet the minimum level of experience required for the position?
Do I meet the minimum level of education required for the job?
Do I have most of the required skills for the job?
Do I have the certifications required for the position? (if any are required)
For each requirement, write down whether you meet, partially meet or donât meet that requirement. Once youâve done this for the first job posting, look at what youâve written. Do you meet the majority of the requirements?Then, go through this process for several other jobs for which youâve applied. Do you see a pattern? The most common reason Iâve found when people donât get telephone or in-person interviews is that there are other candidates who are a better âfitâ (more qualified) for the job. As a hiring manager, I look for candidates who meet at least 80 percent of the job requirements. One reason you arenât making it to the interview round might be because hiring managers donât see you as qualified enough for the position.If you believe this may be your issue, look for ways you can obtain the education, certifications, skills or experience required â so that youâll be a better fit in the near future. Then, before you apply for any more jobs, conduct this same exercise of analyzing yourself against the requirements listed in the next job posting. Pretend youâre the hiring manager and take a critical look at your resume. If you were the hiring manager, would you hire this candidate for the
job?Some people have a tendency to apply for higher-level positions than what theyâre qualified for, which is why they donât get called for interviews. In this situation, try looking for lower-level
jobs that are the stepping-stones to get you to those higher-level jobs youâd like to have in the future â and apply for those.Another issue Iâve seen is where someone has the relevant skills, experience or education, but forgot to include many of these on their resume. For every requirement in the job posting that you meet, somewhere on your resume, you should explain that you have that skill, experience or education. If you arenât customizing your resume to include the appropriate information, then your resume wonât get the attention it deserves by recruiters and hiring managers â and you wonât get as many calls for interviews.Â LISA QUAST
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