When you are not getting feedback from job applications it can mean one of three things

    1. you are applying to jobs that exceed your experience level (i.e. under-qualified);
    1. you are applying to jobs that you are over qualified for; or
    1. your resume does not accurately reflect your experience and thus you are deemed as under or over qualified (i.e. need to revise resume)

  • Under-qualified applicants:

    Legally a company can only consider applicants who meet all of the requirements listed in the job description. For example, the job description states that a bachelor degree is required without mention of something to the affect of “bachelor degree or equivalent experience”. If you do not have a bachelor degree, the recruiter is very likely not going to call you. To make an exception for one applicant on a job requirement means that legally the recruiter must than go back to review all other applicants who were disqualified for lacking the same experience and reconsider their candidacy. The company should also then repost the position without the requirement for job seekers who did not apply due to the fact they did not meet this qualification.

    Solution: try to apply to positions that are slightly below the type of role you have been targeting. If you have been applying to senior financial analyst, try going for a financial analyst. If you have been applying for a project manager role, try applying to project administrator and project coordinator roles instead. If you do not know what a position with less experience would be called do some online research with Google or LinkedIn searches.

    Over-qualified applicants:

    A lot of job seekers will incorrectly assume a company would take a candidate with more experience and skills over another candidate that just meets the experience and qualification requirements. However, recruiters and hiring managers likely think (based on past experiences) that over-qualified candidates will likely want more money than the position is able to pay and/or the candidate will take the job while continuing to look for a higher level position elsewhere that better meets their experience level and salary expectations.

    Solution #1: try to apply to positions that are slightly above the type of role you have been targeting. If you have been applying to marketing manger roles than look for director and vice president level marketing positions instead.

    Solution #2: Try to down play your experience level on your resume. Do past job title(s) you have held give the impression you have more experience than you do? Its okay to make slight changes to your job title to better portray or match the level of position that better aligns with industry standards. Possibly you have been in management, but want to take a step down or simply you prefer the technical work and dislike managing people. A recruiter and hiring manager will assume that what is listed on your resume is something you like doing and wish to continue to do. So if you no longer want to be a manager, take the word manager (or any other description that eludes to management) off of your job title. Also you will want to eliminate any bullet points in your resume that give information related to management tasks you performed within the role.

    Revise Resume:

    If you are applying to positions that you meet all of the required years of experience, education level, and skills without more than exceeding these requirements than something is a miss on your resume. Click here for more resume assistance.


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