According to experts in the field of recruitment, on average, the search for a new job takes 2-3 months, and in narrow-profile areas, it can reach six months. About a quarter of lawyers, civil servants, as well as every third applicant for the position of senior manager, are looking for work for more than 6 months. We will talk about the reasons that prevent you from quickly finding a “place in the sun”, and about the main mistakes of applicants today.
One of the factors complicating the search is competition in the labor market. If we compare the data on the number of vacancies and resumes on large portals, then even with a rough calculation, it turns out that from 4 to 12 people apply for one vacancy.
In fact, the recruiter receives from 10 to 250 responses and spends up to 5 minutes viewing one profile. Stating that you won’t have a second chance to make a first impression on a resume works 100%.
Why there is no answer to the resume
Reduce the likelihood of receiving an invitation for an interview and subjective mistakes of the applicant, for example.
- Responses to all suggestions indiscriminately. This is especially often the sin of young professionals, people who want to change their profession, as well as those who find themselves in a difficult life situation. “I’ll write anywhere, if only they would take” is a misguided tactic. It exhausts the applicant with low performance and annoys recruiters. Unless the vacancy explicitly states: let’s take a beginner and teach everything, do not try to convince the employer that “I have never tried, but I am sure that I will cope 100%.” Usually, a resume without suitable experience is immediately sent to the trash.
- Inattentive reading of the vacancy. Let’s say an ad is in your profile, but you read the text of the vacancy diagonally. The employer needs a specialist with experience of 5 years, and you have only six months of experience. You need a chief accountant with knowledge of international standards, and you are a specialist in accounting for goods and materials. Of course, you can hope for luck. But often, responses with irrelevant experience are rejected by the hiring specialist at the stage of initial selection.
- The answer is out of form. For example, the ad asks you to fill out a questionnaire in Google Docs, and you send the resume to the secretary’s mail. Or you need to provide cases about achievements at a previous job, but the applicant believes that “I will tell you everything during the interview.” In this case, too, do not be surprised by the lack of feedback. The request to respond in a certain form was invented by the employer for a reason. This is a kind of incoming test that helps determine whether the employee is able to act according to the instructions or not.
- Inadequate salary expectations. Just graduated from the university, but you want to get the salary of a specialist with experience? Looking for a position as a secretary, but asking for a salary as a director? Be prepared for the fact that it will take a long time to look for your employer. There is a direct relationship between the salary expectations of the applicant and the period of job search. The lower the queries, the easier it is to find a new location. Agreeing to a meager salary, of course, is not worth it. It is better to focus on the average salary in the market.
- Mistakes in the resume. No one expects perfect literacy from an applicant for the position of security guard, but gross mistakes annoy even hiring specialists, and significantly reduce the chances of getting an answer. According to statistics, 61% of recruiters immediately reject resumes with typos. Therefore, it is better to read the documents once again before sending.
- Ignoring incoming calls from unfamiliar numbers. It’s hard to believe, but people who are looking for a job often do not answer calls from a potential employer, missing their chance. To avoid this, accept as a rule: during the search, monitor the letters coming to the mailbox, and not be afraid to pick up the phone if you get a call.
- A lot of superfluous information in the resume. Have you decided to impress the future boss with your life experience and write down the entire experience by years, starting with student practice? Do you want to talk about your hobbies, although this is not asked? Don’t do that. It is better to re-read the description of the vacancy once again, and in the response mention exactly the knowledge and professional skills that a particular employer requires.
- Excessive creativity where it is not needed, and vice versa. Situations when applicants try to surprise with a non-standard resume are by no means uncommon. Creativity is good if it’s appropriate. Otherwise, you may be treated as a frivolous candidate. But the opposite situation also happens. If you are applying for the position of art director, creator, creative copywriter, and in response to a vacancy you send a boring resume of three sheets, it is unlikely that you will be called for an interview.
- Dubious page in social networks. Applying for the position of psychologist, but post black humor on your page? Position yourself as a serious, responsible accountant, but in your social networks photos in frank outfits? The good news is that not all recruiters browse job seekers’ social networks. Bad – still sometimes viewed, and on the basis of this information they make a portrait of the candidate. Privacy on the Internet has long been a myth. So don’t be surprised if anything that can be misunderstood by HR is misunderstood.
If we shorten all of the above, we can give four main tips to the applicant:
- Read the vacancies carefully.
- Do not engage in mass mailing, but respond point-by-point.
- Specify only relevant experience and relevant skills.
- Re-read the resume and cover letter again before sending.
A competent, logically constructed text will immediately add to your credibility in the eyes of the recruiter.
Why they are not called to work after the interview
Let’s say the resume hit the target, the preliminary selection is passed and you are invited to a meeting. There are several rules on how to behave to increase the chances of getting a position:
- Arrive on time. Not earlier, but not later than the appointed hour. The recruiter may have several meetings scheduled and will not be able to squeeze you into the schedule if you are late.
- Study information about the company to which you were invited. Now many companies have websites, so finding at least something significant will not be difficult. A hiring specialist will be pleased that you know at least a minimum about the employer.
- Unless otherwise indicated, then dress in a business style. 60% of applicants ignore the office dress code, but coming to the interview in shorts and flip-flops, you risk getting into trouble.
- Listen carefully and don’t hesitate to ask questions. First, the lack of questions may mean that all the information in the interview passed you by or that you are not interested in the vacancy. Secondly, if you are going to work, then the key aspects of the labor relationship need to be clarified immediately.
- Don’t talk badly about your past boss. Even if there are no bright memories of the previous place of work, do not focus on it.
- Behave confidently, but not arrogantly. Respect potential colleagues, and do not be rude, even if the vacancy does not suit you.
Now it has become the norm to conduct interviews not only when recruiting staff to the office, but also when looking for remote employees. Do not be surprised if the employer offers to call and talk in the format of an online meeting. During the virtual interview, try to provide good sound and video quality, wear neat clothes and ask the household to keep quiet. Be calm and self-confident, and then the dream job will definitely be found.