A software engineer invested eight-plus hours per day completing applications for coding positions for six months. 359 rejections, 41 interviews, and 2 offers afterward, the woman making 100% above her old compensation. Regardless of your function, industry, or stage of your career, a job search takes a lot of time and perseverance. Finding a new career is a full-time job. You need to allocate time and focus on it in the same level of intensity you would treat your day work.
We understand how frustrating a job search can be. Many factors beyond a quality resume and optimized Linkedin profile writing determine who gets called for an interview. A job search requires patience. Hang in there. 🙂
Some factors that reduce the chance of being called for an interview:
- Not applying for enough jobs. With the ease of digital applications, hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of resumes are submitted for an opening.
- Submitting an application for positions that aren’t perfect for your skills, accomplishments, and industry experience.
- Overqualifiedor underqualifiedfor the job.
- Not customizing your resume to the keywords in each job posting when you apply.
- Not following the directions or completing all the fields in the job application.
- Salary expectations or perceived salary requirements exceed their budget.
- Relying on only submitting a resume via the job posting and not directly emailing the recruiter and department executive your resume and cover letter.
- The job was promised to someone else (e.g., an internal candidate, the CEO’s friend) and the recruiter was not allowed to consider other candidates.
- The job was put on hold, the resume review time period was extended, or the recruiter has not started evaluating candidates.
- The organization is rethinking whether they need to add an employee.
- The hiring executive prefers a skill or industry experience that was not listed in the job description.
- Geographic bias when the recruiter researches your specific address and perceives your long commute time to their office would make you less dedicated than another candidate who appears to live in closer geographic proximity to the job site.
- Seasonality, January thru May is the primary hiring season. Summer and the Thanksgiving to New Year period have fewer job postings and interviews.