An HR Insights
Common reasons for not getting job interviews include not “tailoring” your resume correctly, not applying with the right methods, having a resume that’s longer than it should be for your experience, and several other reasons.
Here are some common reasons why you are not getting calls for interviews.
1. You’re relying too much on job boards.
Many job seekers rely entirely on large job sites like Naukri, Monster, Indeed, and LinkedIn.
While this is a good way to supplement the rest of your job search methods, it should be FAR less than 50% of your effort, and definitely not 100%.
we’d recommend job boards and job sites as only 20% of your job search effort.
So if you’re spending more effort than that, it’s a big reason why you’re not getting calls for job interviews.
Try to find some alternative, like you many others are also using the same channel to apply for the same job, as a result, you are one in those 2000 applications received for a job posting. The worst is that your resume is getting lost in the Website’s artificial intelligence filters.
So what should you be doing?
We’d recommend networking to get interviews, and applying directly to the company’s websites, find referrals, try Placement Assistance services to build direct connections to HRs, etc.
2. Your resume has responsibilities but not accomplishments
The next reason you might not be getting job interviews is related to your resume, specifically your employment history section.
Most job seekers make a big mistake here, listing responsibilities only. Like this:
- Responsible for ____
This is NOT going to impress a hiring manager or a recruiter because it’s really just telling them what work your boss assigned you to do, not what you accomplished.
Start your bullets with a verb when possible (like “led,” or “grew,” etc.)
If you are unable to frame your skills and accomplishments into words and you want help with this, try our resume writing service. We have a team of highly qualified and experienced writers who have been in the finance industry and knows how to write professional resumes that get looked at twice.
3. You’re trying to send applications quickly and not “tailoring” your resume
Sending out more applications isn’t always better – the point is to get interviews, right?
What’s better… sending out 20 applications and getting one interview… or sending out 10 applications and getting three interviews?
The choice should be obvious.
This is what tailoring your resume for each job will do for you!
Most people just don’t want to put in the time and so they apply for a ton of jobs but get very few interviews.
In short – you want to re-order your bullet points to show the employer what’s most important to THEM. And you want to make sure to include some keywords from the job description on your resume, too.
4. You’re applying for positions that aren’t the right fit for your background
While you don’t need 100% of the job’s requirements to apply, you should have around 70-75% minimum.
If you’re applying for jobs that you’re not at all qualified for, it could be part of the reason you’re not getting calls for interviews.
We know this one is pretty obvious but some job seekers we’ve worked with are still doing this. What to do if you don’t have relevant skills? Do research- know about skills required and mention them in your resume. Can’t do it yourself? Let us help you.
5. Your resume is too long and is getting skimmed over rather than read closely
The modern resume should be short and easy to read. While it doesn’t NEED to be one page, it should certainly be a maximum of 1-2 pages for job seekers in the first 8-10 years of their career.
If you’ve been working just a few years and have a three-page resume, that’s a problem.
Your resume is really a highlight reel and a sales pitch to the company showing how you can help them for their specific job. It’s not a list of everything you’ve ever done… at least not if you want to get interviews.
Your paragraphs should be only a few sentences each, too. Avoid big, bulky paragraphs if you want to get your resume ready!
And utilize white space between paragraphs/sections. Make sure it’s all well-spaced and inviting to read.
Not able to do so? Finding it hard to prepare an attractive resume? We will help you.
6. You’re not applying for enough jobs
I mentioned earlier that you should focus on the quality of applications, not quantity.
Don’t rely on job boards, don’t mass-email your resume out without “tailoring” it. But we do see job seekers that aren’t getting interviews for the opposite reason – they’re just not applying enough.
You do need to send out some volume to get interviews.
You should be applying to other jobs* as well
*Jobs that are not posted on job boards and are hidden.
It’s time to start putting more time and effort in. Try our placement assistance service, where we do all the efforts for you.
7. You’re using a resume “Objective” section instead of a Career Summary
Nothing wastes space on a resume and shows a hiring manager you’re old-fashioned than putting an Objective.
Don’t do it. They already know your objective is to obtain their position.
So instead, write a great Career Summary that highlights some of your biggest accomplishments and qualifications that prove you’ll succeed in this next job! That’s how to get interviewed.
Can’t do it yourself? We have written some great career summaries for our clients which have helped them in getting interview calls.
8. You’re using a functional resume format instead of chronological
A functional resume is a resume that separates your work history into functions or categories of work, instead of by job/date.
Here’s the problem… recruiters and hiring managers to want to see WHERE and WHEN you did each task that you’re listing in your employment history section.
They aren’t going to value it as highly if they can’t see when you did it. So none of your experience will count for as much with a functional resume.
9. Last but not the least impact quite important– The job is beyond your qualifications
Sometimes, the skills and experience you’ve listed on your resume don’t align with what a company is looking for. Many companies use an applicant tracking system (ATS) to help them quickly select a pool of qualified job applicants. If your resume or cover letter didn’t include enough of the keywords listed in the job description, the ATS may have filtered your application out.
When applying for jobs, carefully review each job description and the requirements the employer lists. Make sure to only apply for those that you’re confident you’re qualified for and list as many applicable skills on your resume as possible.
What to do if you still want to work for the company but do not match all the criteria?
Contact us, we will help you build up skills and knowledge for those fancy job positions. Trust us! We have done this for a lot of our clients.