The Top Reasons Why an Employer Didn’t Call You Back

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Anyone who has set out on the so-called ‘job hunt’ is well aware of how discouraging it can be to get no response from a prospective employer after submitting a resume or sitting an interview. Not only are you still not employed, but it can also be frustrating simply not knowing why you weren’t contacted about your application. To help you gain a little clarity about why you didn’t hear back, and what you can do to avoid that outcome in the future, take a look at some of the top reasons why employers don’t call back listed below.

Late Resume Submission

Looking for a job has been described as a full-time job itself. That is because it takes a major commitment of time and energy to pursue employment. Researching possible jobs and tailoring a resume or writing a cover letter requires a lot of work. It takes even more work and commitment to try and get your resume or application submitted to a prospective employer as soon as possible. This can actually pay off in the long run, however, usually, because employers become less and less interested in candidates the later their applications are submitted. For example, if a hiring manager is flooded with 500 applications for one job, and yours happens to be the 497th on that list, they may not be inclined to give your much thought compared to the first dozen applications. There are always other considerations, and circumstances can change from job to job, but the best way to be sure you will get noticed, and likely get a return email or phone call, is to get your application submitted as early as possible.

Fail to Meet Qualifications

There is a common misconception among job seekers that suggests it is worth it to apply to any job in your field, regardless of whether or not you meet the employer’s stated requirements for the job. In fact, applying to jobs you aren’t fully qualified for is a bit of a time waster. Not only will you be unlikely to get any kind of response, people doing the hiring may get frustrated with having to spend their time sifting through unqualified candidates. To avoid the major disappointment that comes with being rejected, it is best to avoid applying for jobs that list specific requirements you cannot meet.

Follow All Instructions

These days with all the online job postings out there, employers can be as in depth as they wish when it comes to submission instructions for candidates. This helps make their jobs easier by providing a standard format for their hiring team to follow, but it can also have another practical application for weeding out candidates. If a job seeker fails to follow basic instructions for their application, it is usually taken as a negative sign by the employer. For example, if you are asked to submit a one page cover letter with your resume, and you exceed that single page, the employer may not even bother to consider your application, let alone call you back to tell you why.

Position Has Been Filled

There are plenty of cases where you meet all the stated job requirements and get your resume submitted early according to the employer’s instructions and you still don’t get a callback. The reason for this is usually because the position is already filled. Many employers will post job openings online as a fall back if the internal candidate they have in mind for the position decides to leave or remain in their current job. While the online posting might suggest there is a job open, the reality may be there really isn’t. This can be very frustrating for people looking for a job, but it is, unfortunately, a reality of the job hunt. One way to avoid this happening is to make use of an employment agency. In that situation, many employers will be the one seeking an employee, so there’s no risk that a job won’t be there once you decide to apply.

For more helpful tips and resources for your job hunt, be sure to contact the Vancouver employment experts at Best Personnel today!