In the midst of a job search, it can be frustrating when you feel as though you’re not getting any calls after submitting so many applications.
If you find that you’re consistently not getting interviews, it may be time to take another look at the applications you’re submitting
To help you pinpoint the issue, ask yourself if you’re guilty of any of the following missteps:
1. You didn’t follow application instructions
At the bottom of a job description, employers often list application instructions, which might include:
- Documents to provide
- Where to send the materials
- The subject line of the email you’re to send
If you don’t pay attention to these details, it can immediately take you out of the running.
2. Your files aren’t formatted properly
Many people choose to write their resume in Microsoft Word, but convert it to a PDF before submitting their application.
Simple errors like the wrong type of file or not checking to be sure that your file opens properly will land you in the ‘no’ pile.
3. You didn’t proofread
Even if you’re confident and you’re using spellcheck, it’s very possible that you can still miss a spelling or grammatical error.
If you haven’t had someone proofread your resume, this oversight could have cost you many opportunities.
4. Your online presence raises red flags
In today’s digital age, it should be no surprise that employers are quick to search for job seekers online.
As a result, be sure that there’s nothing in your social media accounts that would raise a red flag or make them question your professionalism.