Still No Word? More Reasons You Didn’t Hear Back After Applying for the Job

June 10, 2013  |  
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There is nothing more frustrating than waiting to hear back from a job you applied to. Days can turn into weeks. Weeks into a month, and you start to ask yourself just what the heck is going on.

When it comes to landing a job interview, sometimes it can be the stars aligning and other times, what you do and don’t do right on the application. We have already demystified “Nine Reasons You Never Heard Back After Applying for That Job.” Now it’s time to look a little further as extra insight may allow for a few tweaks to make your application sparkle to hiring managers. Sometimes you can’t help how the chips fall (and oftentimes, employers won’t go into too much detail about why things didn’t turn out differently), but here are a few extra ideas as to why you may not hear anything back after applying for the job.

Only speak one language

The world is a changing landscape with many dynamics. Speaking more than one language not only makes you more marketable but will give companies that extra boost of diversity they need. You can probably bet that some recruiters are searching for a candidate that can create business deals across cultural boundaries.

No longer looking for candidates

This is unfortunately something that you just can’t control. Even if a job posting remains active for several weeks or a month, there is always a chance that they have found their new hire even with the ad still posted. What does that mean to you? Let’s say you stumble upon the most awesome job listing and see it has been up for quite some time, you should definitely still apply as you never know what can happen. Just be aware that not hearing back could mean they found what they need.

Have too many gaps in your resume

One red flag for companies hiring is a resume that has more gaps than employment. It’s one thing if you are a college student fresh on the scene with minimum experience, but too many holes can make a recruiter weary. If you have fallen on hard times with losing a job and you’ve been out of work for some time, give a brief explanation in your cover letter.

Focused too much on you

Sure one of the goals of applying to a job is to paint yourself in the best light, but that does not mean you focus solely on yourself. Companies are more interested in how your skills can benefit them, not what you are going to get out of the job for your personal gain. Be careful when listing your objective that it’s also focused solely on what you can offer for the greater good.

Sound problematic

Honey, you can let the cat out the bag about your dramatic ways with your resume and interview style. Pay attention to the tone you use when describing your reason for leaving a job. If it sounds too catty, you may instantly turn off the hiring manager as they may discover you may have issues you aren’t addressing.

Live too far away

Even if you are willing to hop in your car and commute two hours each way to work, that may not be something a potential job wants to tackle. After all, you never know when things like weather, traffic and even health will come into play, making you late to the job because you are so far. In addition, many companies are taking relocation assistance off the table as it’s an extra expense on their end. Should you be willing to move on your own buck, be sure to convey that to keep yourself in the running.

Hop around too many jobs

Talk about being afraid of commitment! How do you think a resume with seven jobs in the last two years will look? Just as holes in a resume are not ideal, the same can be said about one with way too many jobs. Companies want someone who they can invest in for the long haul.

Didn’t list references

If a company adds a space on their application to list references, chances are they want you to put a few down. Not every reference receives a phone call but adding a few shows you can pay attention to direction, and have a small arsenal of professionals that can vouch for your abilities.

You lied

The truth shall set you free!

When it comes to resumes and applications, honesty is the best key. All things eventually come to light so be up front about your capabilities, education and experience. Recruiters are getting more savvy with how they verify what you put down. The last thing you need is to tarnish your personal brand by lying to a company. After all, you never know when you would like to apply again down the road.

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