Beth Busch: Why Won't They Call You Back?

From Beth Busch, president of Success Advertising of Honolulu. 

Question:  I've applied to every job I can find on line and not ONE employer has called me back.  What gives?? 

This is actually a question I get asked a lot.  And thank you for detailing the number of jobs you've applied for; that will help us get to the bottom of the problem here.  There was a time when applying for work meant putting on appropriate attire, going to a company's place of business and completing an application or delivering your resume.  At the very least, you might print your resume on nice paper and mail it with a personalized cover letter.

Now, with today's technology, applying for work can be done with a click of your mouse.  From your bedroom.  While you're in your jammies… watching TV… and eating ice cream.  That's not job hunting.  That's surfing the internet.  Do you think a recruiter should give the same consideration to that application as they would the one I previously described?

Recent reports show Hawaii's unemployment at 6.7%, which means almost 43,000 people are out of work.  If even half of those jobseekers applied to "every job" they find on line, you can see…  there is simply no way employers can reply to every application.

But there IS something you can do to increase your chances of receiving a response.  Read the job description carefully before applying and make sure you meet all of the criteria.  You may want to rewrite your resume so that it highlights the experience and skills you have that most make you qualified for this specific job.  If possible, include a cover letter that further explains why you'd be the perfect candidate for this position.

Believe me, hiring managers will appreciate that you took the time to thoughtfully apply to a position for which you're truly qualified.  And if everyone would stop applying to EVERY job posted on line, it would decrease the workload for Human Resources and free up their time to get to qualified candidates and fill positions faster.