It is NOT a job seeker market.
Anyone who has searched for a job in the last three to five years knows that there has been a dramatic shift in the way companies recruit, interview, and hire.
In this digital "always-connected" age, companies are able to disseminate job ads and manage the ads and responses with ease. It is so easy in fact that most companies rely on an Applicant Tracking System to manage the heavy work. It is highly likely that unless your resume contains keywords and requirements deemed viable by the ATS, your resume is being ushered off to a slush pile without having ever been seen. It's most likely why you are getting rejection form letter minutes to days after applying.
Additionally, recruiting firms are competing against online job forums in an effort to stray relevant. Placement firms once placed the ads and fielded resumes, initial interviews, and more. These tasks are now being handled by automated processes like the aforementioned ATS and e-interviews where candidates initially respond to a pre-recorded interview either over the phone or through a "virtual interview". Most placement firms are now independently owned and operated and they don't have exclusivity deals with the companies they represent. It is why you will see ads placed by agencies as well as listed directly by the hiring company.
As an applicant, you are competing against a hundred to a thousand other applicants all vying for one job. The ease at which we can now apply for jobs has afforded a wider market of applicants for any given job. In the olden days, you would physically mail a resume to a company, or fax it to them. This excluded a large segment of the population; those without access to or able to afford the ink, paper, printer, postage, etc simply didn't have a means of getting their resume in front of a prospective employer, thus keeping the number of applicants to a minimum and bettering your odds at being seen.
The internet has leveled the playing field.
In this day and age, it is all about making sure your resume is up to date, formatted in an ATS friendly manner. If you are not clearing the ATS you are not even being seen by human eyes.
Revamp your resume. Here is a great site that will help format your resume to make it pass the ATS:
Make sure that your resume is also free of typos and grammatical errors. Once you clear the ATS, a human will set eyes on your resume. You do not want a typo or grammatical error to be the reason they cast you aside!
If you have not heard from anyone, chances are your resume is in the slush pile. In the older days, you could call an HR representative or a hiring manager and ask them about your application/resume. They would be able to easily pull your application from a physical pile and look at it. Now, not so much. If you call them, you will most likely get a stock answer like, "We are still reviewing applicants, you should hear something in the next week or so." It's a brush-off and impersonal at that. It's the world we live in now though and it is a far cry from the way things used to be and to what a majority of us are accustomed to.
The truth is, the odds are stacked against jobseekers. It is taking longer and longer for companies to hire. When they do they often do not close out help-wanted ads, so job seekers continue to apply for positions that are no longer valid.
Keep applying and know that what you are experiencing isn't necessarily anything you are doing wrong. You can help yourself get noticed by cleaning up the resume, making sure your contact information is current. Ensure you have a professional email address, nothing like firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure your mailing address is within a 25 mile radius of the company to which you apply. If your phone number is an out of state one, consider getting a new number that matches the city/state area code of the job to which you are applying.
Lastly, here is a great slideshow from a hiring professional that outlines seven reasons you may not be getting interviews:
Best of Luck!
This is such an eye opener....I was unemployed for 16 months, took a job completely out of my field. That lasted 4 months...so I’m out again and I’m giving my resume a complete overhaul and replacing it wherever it is posted...I’m just tired of hearing all the same crap...there always seems to be one area that I just don’t have enough experience with...which really sucks because I’m a CAD drafter/designer with 30+ years in the field and shit changes daily..I’ve used several programs but there’s a bunch I haven’t...but they all have things in common..I think I can learn one pretty quickly, and the only way to get better is to use it...that’s it...
Because so many are in need of one!
You forgot to mention that by campus recruiting and hyper-targeting job listings by media, most of the job listings are being pushed to media that steers listings away from the over-40 job set.
You are right in everything you said!Its a different time now!It is not like it use to be!It really really sucks!Thats because people are so f up!
Good question;Is there any job created ?Is market stable to risk hiring new employees ?Is insurance liabilities in low requirements or lawsuit are causing employers to step carefully.Do companies have sale rate to support farther investment in Human Resources?Do thecnology of artificial devices and Robatic industries fulfill the man factories and there’s no more need for human errror?Generally computerization of the system is minimize the errors and less human energy is in control of the proudaction lines .where a full computer and self control system can do better job than many man power ,it’s wise investment for companies and industries to switch to least pert and 24/7 proudaction ,Which does not need much supervision ,discussion or training ,plus maximum profits and less expenses for bonding,insurance ,safety and pay .in this case a machine is capable of doing 20 men job and will not argue at all .An example : Self driving system in transportation and delivery or shipping will result million of drivers to Lose their jobs and be replaced by sensors and cameras.CNC and Robot with 3D printing system will result millions to lose their jobs in those sectors .Now whom to blame? Thechnology?Scientists?Corportations?Goverments?Employers?Wall street?Markets?Who?
Incredibly insightful for those who are navigating job seeking. Thank you for posting!
This is an excellent summary of a common pain point many members in this community seeking jobs struggle with. "I have all the education, experience, and skills to make me a perfect fit for this job so why am I not getting hired?" You can't scroll through one page of post and comments on our community page without hitting on a common them and it's ill perceived side effect; ageism.
Your uncovering a very important point here Anthony. Technology has made the employment community much more competitive for the job seeker. Access to job openings and hiring opportunities is abundant. Getting noticed, however, is another story!
Jobscan is a good resume keyword comparison tool. I've used it in the past. The company has a cost associated to the service but allows new members a few resume updates at no cost.
I hope everyone in the community has an opportunity to read over this post. Lots of solid information on here to inspire anyone searching for a job to develop a more successful strategy. Thanks for sharing!