"I think I’ve already exhausted the market and applied to all possible jobs available but still, I am not getting a call for an interview.”
Does this scenario appear familiar to you?
Is there something wrong with my application?
This is a common question that candidates ask themselves when they don’t receive requests for a job interview. It can be a very frustrating experience but as a serious jobseeker, you need to look at it as an opportunity to assess your approach in the market and be ready to take a bold step in your strategy to increase your chances of being shortlisted.
1. Have you properly completed your online application?
Nowadays, numerous companies request applicants to submit their application online and therefore it’s important that you complete it accurately. If the information requested is not at hand, do not submit your application until it is.
2. Have you updated your online application?
If you have recently changed your number, email address or changed jobs, you need to update your application. Even if you are not actively looking for work, it is important that your details are updated in order for potential employers to be able to reach you and discuss potential opportunities. You never know if they might just have the job you’ve been waiting for.
However, if you don’t want to receive phone calls because you’ve just moved to a new job or you’re happy where you are, most job portals allow you to hide your phone number or activate the option “keep information confidential” on the settings of your online application.
3. Have you reviewed the job details of the role advertised before submitting your application?
Your profile needs to be marketed and branded properly. Only submit your CV against roles which are relevant to your background. Refrain from sending your application to all advertised roles as this will damage your image in the market. Read the job description carefully and identify the underlying requirements of the role to ensure it’s the right fit for you. Where possible, research the company and check the profile of some of the individuals from that company to verify if it’s an organisation which you want to be part of.
4. Have you highlighted your skills and experience against the requirements of the advertised job?
You have gone through the job details and feel confident that you’re the candidate who the employer is searching for. The advertised job perfectly matches your experience and qualifications. If this is the case, it’s a positive sign. However, unless you highlight in your profile and articulate your claims to the position prior to submitting your CV, you may jeopardize your chances of getting shortlisted. Try not to have a single CV which you use for all your job applications. Customise it and make sure you emphasise on each application – depending on the role – certain information such as your responsibilities, achievements, projects you’ve been involved in and other details which are relevant and important to the role.