Why am I not called back or contacted when I apply for a job?


“Meegan, why am I not called back or contacted when I apply for a job?”

~ Michelle,  Palm Desert, CA



After attending a panel discussion for job seekers recently I was reminded of how common and important this question is.    Every situation can be different, but there are certain considerations to be especially aware of when seeking responses from potential employers and hiring agencies.  In a recent article written by Rick Newman for Yahoo, the most common reasons why candidates don’t hear back from potential employers is outlined.   I’ve included a link Rick’s article below.  Based on what I, and other staffing professionals are experiencing in this current job market, three key points deserve special attention:

Employment Application1)  When you email your resume as an attachment, make sure to include four or five sentences of the specific position you are seeking in the body of your email.   As Rick points out:  “Some people apply by email with a resume attached but no message in the email,  hoping that will force the recruiter to open the attachment. Bad idea: That just adds to the recruiter’s workload, making a blowoff more likely. A crisp, four- or five-sentence email explaining what you’re looking for, by contrast, will make it easier for the recruiter to know what you’re after.”

2) If you want to “get an edge up on the competition” consider Rick’s point about recruiter feedback:  “When asked what could give a candidate an edge against the competition, 66% of employers said they prefer chronological resumes (with education and experience in reverse order), 43% want to see resumes in bulleted format and 43% prefer resumes to be tailored to a specific industry.”   Tailoring your resume to a specific industry as it is related to the job posting shows the recruiter you are a potential match over others who don’t know the industry, or have relevant experience.

3)  Note the story of Andrea Johnson, and plan ways you can meet potential employers face to face.  Job fairs are an excellent way to introduce yourself to potential employers, along with seeking certifications and joining associations in your targeted industry.  Remember this: people like to do business with people they know and trust.  Take the time to build your skills and participate with others who are doing the same.  You never know what can come out of a “chance meeting” while plugging into an industry you enjoy.

Here’s the link to the article by Rick Newman (Yahoo):