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6 Reasons They Didn't Call You Back

6 Reasons They Didn't Call You Back

Larry Buhl | HotJobs

Your Presentation Could Use Some Work

“A lot of mistakes I see are a lack of cover letter, and a [resume objective] that is all wrong for the job opening,” says Lindsay Olson, partner and recruiter at Paradigm Staffing. “Even worse are obviously mass emails where the candidates had no clue what they were applying for.”

There Isn’t Any Job

Sometimes, due to last minute budget cuts, a position is eliminated before it’s even filled. Other times, according to Olson, companies reel in resumes even when they know there isn’t any opening. “Some companies want a big applicant pool because they think they may be hiring in the future,” Olson said.

How can you learn what happened?

If you feel like your resume is out at sea, and you’d at least like confirmation that you’re out of the running, there are things you can do.

Contact the Company

Yes, the ad had a “no calls” warning, and there wasn’t a name anyway. But if you’re pretty sure you’re right for the job, and you’ve heard nothing after a week, you can still call someone to find out if you’re at least in the running. Try to find the hiring manager. HR is too busy, and they almost never want to hear from you.

“If you do follow up by phone, don’t leave a voice mail,” Opton says. “Early in the morning or after five you’re more likely to reach a real person.”

But Don’t Be a Pest

“If you’ve had an interview and sent your thank-you letter, wait a week to call,” Fox says. One or two emails are OK, but three will probably look desperate, she adds. “And never, ever, show up at the company without an interview and demand to be seen. It will backfire.”

Re-read the Job Posting

Did the resume you sent really fit the job requirements? Or were you hoping they would find another job just for you? “I love it when a candidate has done the homework and already knows the company and the position,” Ferguson says. “It makes it easier for both of us.”

Take a Look at Your Resume

Get a second opinion and a third. Does it present you in the right light? Is it professionally formatted? Does it feature accomplishments, rather than merely job titles and dates?

Step Up the Networking

“It’s always best to network your way into a position,” Opton says. “You’ll get a lot more individual attention than someone responding to a job listing.”

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