So Just Call Me!

Many of us have been through this: we tweak our resume, send it out, rehearse our 30-second “sell” speech, write out our lists of tips and questions for a telephone interview and then we wait. And wait. And wait some more. So why aren’t employers calling you?

No Interviews

There are still a lot of people looking for jobs out there. HR departments and recruiters are getting flooded with resumes, many of which are not suitable for the position advertised. If you are not getting interviews, ask yourself:

Did I check my resume carefully? Did I list skills and abilities required in the job description? Did I put restrictions on my resume as to where I would work, which hours, which tasks I was willing to do? If you answered no to the first two questions, even one no is enough to get your resume removed from consideration. If you put any kind of restrictions on your resume, that will also get your resume removed from consideration because you are already proving to be inflexible. The flood of resumes can number in the hundreds of thousands at big companies like Google or Yahoo!, so if you did not run your resume through the spell checker, did not include industry “buzz” words, those words that automatic resume scanners look for or listed restrictions, it is likely that your resume is not being considered. Here’s why: With so many resumes coming in, companies can choose the best of the best. They use typos, “does not meet skill qualifications,” restrictions and anything else they can to eliminate your resume. Most recruiters will tell you the first telephone interview is usually used to cross you off the candidate list. Do not be the person who gets crossed off that list.

Check and re-check your resume and cover letter before you send it out. Only apply to the jobs for which you are qualified. Gone are the days when an HR manager will call you for a position for which you are semi-qualified. That was back in the day when job candidates were scarce. Be open and flexible. Save the must-haves for when you get to negotiate the job offer.

You’ve Had Some Interviews

Or you may be in this scenario: You’ve had a few interviews, were told when you would hear the company’s decision and that date has gone by. Give the HR manager a couple of days, and then call that person. Politely ask if the job has been filled. Find out if there are other considerations, if he or she needs more information from you, if funding is still in place for the job and if all of the interviews are finished.

There’s a lot that could be going on here: You may be the second favorite candidate and they do not want to say no yet, the interview committee just hasn’t gotten it together to meet, the funding for the job may have been pulled or even approval for filling the job may have been reversed. Whatever the reason, do not wait. Do your follow up calls, and move on. Keep interviewing. That is the hardest part when you are waiting, but I’ve seen great candidates lose opportunities for great jobs because they got hung up on that one job they “just absolutely had to have.”  There may be an even better job right around the corner, even though you may not believe it right now.

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