Why Jobs Are Harder to Find Than Ever Before
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 email@example.com. 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!