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Have you applied to hundreds of jobs and can't figure out why you haven't gotten an interview yet? This topic goes into the reasons why
Marlo Ricotta
over 1 year ago
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Employable?

I now have been in the Las Vegas area going on 6 months . If I have applied to 1 job I've applied to 1000 jobs . My problem , or should I say problems is

  1. I've applied but never hear a response
  2. I get an email saying that the company moved on to other candidates , for basic jobs like data entry positions no less
  3. I dont know what employers want, if I never a call back . I cant even email back with a " why was I not selected"
  4. Even applied to temp agencies like randstad , apple one , etc and they all come back with the positions are filled or I didnt fit the " type " At this point I'll take anything. But nothing is coming through. If I dont find employment soon I'll have no choice but to go back to NY . Atleast I know the job market there and what employers will pay plus I know the cost of living . Such a shame that someone who wants to work , cant find employment. Very Disheartening . Does anyone have any ideas ? Or possible employment openings , opportunities? I can dummy down my resume if I need to , just to be able to work
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Elyssa Duncan
Community Specialist
3 months ago
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The aftermath of COVID: What worries you?

Around the world, governments are beginning to explore ways to safely re-open the economy. As a result, people are preparing to head back to work.

As we start to take steps towards bringing normalcy back to our lives post-Coronavirus, what is concerning YOU as you either A) enter back into the workforce or B) resume your job search?

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R C
7 months ago
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Still no luck.

I've currently applied for 355 positions with no interviews. I'm simply running out of time. 355 apps/resumes sent and not a single one. Nothing. I've contacted recruiter after recruiter and still nothing even after nine recruiters...yes, NINE. Rejection after rejection.

Any help whatsoever is greatly appreciated.

Thanks, R

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Gregorio Smith
4 months ago
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Coronavirus News and Updates-2

This virus is showing no mercy to anyone that contracts it. Please take care of yourself out here this is only going to get worse. Be strong and unite to fight this tyrant. Stay safe and help your fellow man and woman.

https://bit.ly/CoronavirusRawNews2

#coronavirus #healthcare #policy #hiringeventprep #healthyminds #medicine #applicationblackhole #workfromhome #interview #stressful

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Ashley Wilson
Community Specialist
6 months ago
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Follow up after you've applied!

Once you've clicked "send" and your application has been submitted don't forget your next step which is to follow up! Here are some tips to help.

When do I do it? If you were given an email to contact the recruiter/hiring manager, send a follow-up email 2-3 days after you originally applied. It's likely that they haven’t gotten back to you by then, so this is a fantastic way to remind them of who you are and why you are a benefit to them.

What do I say? In your follow up email, remind them of which position you applied for and why you are a strong fit for that role. A boring and generic, “Hey, I applied!” or “Look at my #application and let me know if I’m a fit!” email is not going to move you forward. Instead, take your time and really research the job/company and how you would benefit that employer if the role were yours. Avoid copying and pasting and take the time to really make it personal to that employer!

I need to what? Proofread! Your communication skills here speak volumes about yourself as an applicant. If they find your email is riddled with mistakes or is poorly written it will show that you don't care about the role or their time.

Now what happens? Give them a few days to respond. Chances are they are pretty busy, and you don’t want to bother them. Patience is key!

In the meantime continue to apply and make sure not to place all of your job hopes in one basket, spread them around. If a company chooses not to return your emails then they are not the one for you!

Remember to always move forward not backward.

Need some help following up after you applied?

Please ask a question!

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Michael Carvalho
5 months ago
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#MyThoughts

Have You Heard Back From the Employer? I thought this might help better understand why? This article I found will help you better understand the reason. Don't let it get you down!

People often wonder why they never hear anything back after they hit ‘send’ on the email with a resume attached or on the on-line job application. If you’re very lucky, you might have a preliminary email exchange with a recruiter and then never hear from them again. It’s a depressing experience and one which also casts a shadow on the hiring company’s reputation. So why does it happen? Is it you, is it them, or is it just something every candidate must prepare for in the hiring process?

An oft-cited recruiter’s complaint is that as many as 50 percent of people applying for a given job simply aren’t qualified. Adding to the challenge, most large companies – and many smaller ones – use talent-management software to screen resumes, weeding out up to 50 percent of applicants before a human even looks at a resume or cover letter. The deck is definitely stacked against the job seeker. So how do you breakthrough?

Here are my top 5 reasons you’re not hearing back after applying for a job, with five suggestions for ways to avoid the resume black hole.

  1. You really aren’t qualified. If a job description specifies a software developer with 3-5 years of experience and you’re a recent graduate with one internship, it’s unlikely you’ll get a call. Avoid disappointment – don’t apply for jobs for which you lack qualifications. Most job descriptions are written with very specific requirements. Yes, the company is trying to find the most qualified candidate; yes, they are trying to weed people out. It’s not personal, it’s business.

  2. You haven’t keyword-optimized your resume or application. Job descriptions are salted with keywords specific to the skills or attributes the company seeks in applicants. A close read of the job description is a necessity, as is keyword-optimizing your resume and cover letter, if you’re using one, or email. If the job description lists words in a certain order, e.g. a list of programming languages required, use the same order in your resume.

  3. Your resume isn’t formatted properly. You might think distinctive formatting will set your resume apart, but automated programs don’t care if a document is pretty. Help a machine out. Be consistent in formatting – consider using separate lines for former employer, job title, and years worked.

64 Action Verbs That Will Take Your Resume From Blah to Brilliant 4. Your resume is substantially different from your online profile. LinkedIn, Dice and other online profile sites can be useful tools, so it‘s important to make sure they match what’s on your resume. This may seem to be a contradiction – in #1 I advised keyword optimization – but it’s really common sense. Jobs worked, employers, years on the job and other details should match. The subtext here is always tell the truth.

  1. The company received 500 resumes for one job posting, and yours was 499th in. Looking for a job is a job. Do your research – know which companies you want to work for, organizations where you sense culture fit. Every morning scour the job postings and jump on anything for which you’re qualified (and in which you’re interested.) Being early with your resume or application does matter. Check back often in the first few days to make sure the listing hasn’t changed. Often a company will post a job and halfway through the process change the description.

It’s hard to game the system. Your best bet is still a personal referral, and even that may not be enough to get a call. A guy I know gave his resume to a woman who worked at a company where a good job had been posted. He received an automated email noting his resume had been received but never heard another word. After a month he asked his friend to check with the recruiter. It turned out the job description had changed, but the recruiter never bothered to let the referring employee – or the applicant – know. This isn’t unusual, unfortunately. So what can you do?

How You Can Get Noticed:

  1. Research interesting companies on social media. Find out who the recruiters are and follow them. Many will tweet new postings, so watch their streams and jump on anything for which you are qualified. And if they tweet news saying the company’s had a great quarter, retweet the news with a positive comment.

  2. Consider starting a blog in your area of interest or expertise. It’s a social world; time to build a trail of breadcrumbs leading to you. Include the blog, and links to any especially relevant posts, in your emails to recruiters with whom you’re working.

  3. Get professional help with your resume. Either a resume writer or an SEO expert can help you increase your odds of getting through the talent management software. If you can’t afford this step, read the top career blogs for advice.

  4. If at all possible, don’t wait until you’re out of work to find your next job. I realize for many people this isn’t possible or might even be offensive, but your chances of finding the next job are best when you’re still employed.

  5. Network. Old advice, but still true. Be visible, be upbeat, be informed about industry trends and news in your area of expertise.

Finding a job is tough, no question. I’ve talked to other recruiters who say they only respond to 30 percent of applicants. The odds are good you’ll be in the 60+ percent who hears nothing a lot of the time. Don’t take it personally – it’s not a rejection of you, it’s a reflection of the times. If you don’t hear back, know you’re not alone.

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Stephanie K
over 1 year ago
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Why you can't find a job?

Job hunting is no fun. You end up hunting for a job for weeks or even months and have yet to land an interview. Or maybe you've managed to make it to the final hiring process only to find that you didn't get the job. Sucks right? Well depending on what challenges you're personally facing while looking,you're likely going to experience a range of different emotions. Emotions such as feeling overwhelmed, excited, frustrated, impatient, rejected, unworthy, and even invisible!

So if you're having trouble landing a job - this post will tell you exactly why.

1. Your RESUME and/or experience aren't relevant enough for the job

  • If you don't have experience that relates to the position,your application will be rejected since your background lacks the specific things hiring managers are looking for. For example - you need management experience to be a manager, so you'll have had to actually lead a team of people before the role requires you have management experience. Communication skills and teamwork are great to have but don't count as they are too broad.

2.Errors in your Application -Typos or you've left required fields blank, or you didn't share contact information, you won't advance in the hiring process. So be sure to proofread and double check for spelling errors and make sure everything's filled out.

3.You didn't follow the application instructions -A common pitfall in the job hunt is when candidates takes shortcuts, whether it's skipping sections or straight out not follow directions. This is like having errors on your application which demonstrates carelessness or inability to follow instructions.

4 You appear to lack clarity in your career or job hopping gaps -Unexplainable gaps in your resume will result in employers to less likely invest in you because they will wonder if you'll be committed to the role/company long term. This is unfortunate if it applies to your situation but it's the reality of the job market today. So briefly explain your job gaps in cover letters.

5 You're applying for the wrong jobs -This is exactly like having a resume that isn't relevant to the job. If you're in the habit of applying for jobs you either are underqualified or overqualified - it could be why you are not finding a job. Take another hard look at your resume and what it says you're capable of.

6 Your search is too narrow

  • Open to your mind to building your career buy starting in more junior or entry level positions to gain experience and grow your career to meet your goals. You may need to consider applying outside your industry or location.

7 Your network isn't wide enough -It's not what you know, it's who you know. In fact a LinkedIn study showed that 85% of all jobs are filled via networking. Getting to know people in various industries through networking puts you in the position to meet others who can either connect you with job opportunities. This could be what you're missing.

8 You didn't make a great first impression

  • You made it to the interview. Great! But you either showed up late or failed to dress appropriately, unfortunately this will cost you the job.

9 You didn't practice ahead of time

  • I've had candidates arrive for an interview unprepared and to me they stand out as "unprepared" lol. There are lots of resources online to help you prepare for an interview. And definitely ask a friend or family member to practice, they ask you questions and you answer. This will ensure you'll be confident and prepared. And it will show!!

10 You didn't research the company or the industry -You can impress an interviewer by doing solid amount of research on the company and/or industry. It takes time to learn as much as you can about the organization, it's mission, vision, culture and accomplishments. When you show that you know nothing - it implies that you're not really that interested. So why should a company invest in you if you're not interested?

11 You didn't ask any questions -Again this reiterates your interest in the position and company. Also you want to find out information you can't find online such as their onboarding process for new hires, their management style, how they provide feedback/criticism,what's expected of you within 90 days.. well...you get the gist!

In short - revise your resume, check for grammatical/spelling errors, make sure you're applying for jobs that relate to your qualifications/skills even if that's entry level, have to start somewhere even if you're mid-level in your career field.

Good Luck and go get that damn job!

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Pamela Scogins
about 3 years ago
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Frustrated

I am so frustrated! I've been submitting applications and resumes online as well as inquiring in person to companies of interest. I've changed my resume 4 times and re-written cover letters to many times to count. For 6 months I've been actively searching for a decent job that pays a living wage. I'm beginning to feel disheartened. I find it ridiculous that we live in a society that will flay you for being out of work, will call you lazy and worthless, yet you have to basically grovel for even menial positions paying pennies. You're judged and expected to play a part in order to do a job and earn a living. Just to add injury to insult, all the apps are online and impersonal, take hours with personality assessments so that algorithms can decide if you "fit". Oh, and WHY, do I do I have to upload my resume if I'm going to be required to COMPLETELY fill in an application, time job seekers could be begging another employer to give them a chance to earn a living and buy basic necessities.

okay, that was a short rant and I do appreciate having an outlet of fellow frustrated job seekers to vent to.

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Jaime Stanfield
6 months ago
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Hairdresser

Have put applications for anything nobody ever calls??

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May 12, 2020

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