With technology so prevalent, applying to job postings and getting a response back can seem daunting and downright frustrating. After brushing up your resume and writing a killer cover letter, the pain of waiting and hoping with limited or no responses is disappointing. What are you doing wrong?
There are a few ways to identify what you can do to improve your response rate.
- What type of job seeker are you?
If you are 100 percent driven to find an job and understand the changing times, we consider you to be a “go-getter” and committed to finding the job you want, no matter the limitations confronting you. If you find yourself in this situation, continue reading below for some helpful suggestions to tip the scales in your favor.
If you are about 80% or so determined to find a job because you’re at a point where you’re frustrated at your current job, you might stumble on a new job over time. This type of job searcher usually doesn’t have the commitment that a person at the 100% level would have and most of the time that is communicated in the cover letter and communication word choice in the emails, without the job seeker knowing. As a recruiter and continued interviewer, we can quickly pick up on whether a person is just searching or really wants a new job.
Lastly, if you are just searching for jobs when you have time and are just curious what is out there, continue doing this until you are ready to make a job change. Many times the people in this category aren’t ready for a career change just yet, unless the circumstances they are in become dire.
- What are you looking for?
Take the time to discover the ideal job you are looking for because it allows you to hone and refine your resume and cover letter to match that of the job you are applying for, versus applying to every job to see who will respond. Identify your goals and clarify exactly what you are looking for in 30-words or less.
- What is your plan?
Develop a series of steps that you need to accomplish and assign deadlines to these steps to keep you on task. Make sure you keep the list handy so you know when you emailed your resume, applied for a job, attended the interview, and respond with a thank you note. Good notes and plans will help you stay on task and remain at 100 percent in the job application process.
- Do you know where you are at?
Create a system to keep good records of who you have applied to and where you are at in the job application process. The more organized you are, the better you can manage your time and research the company before interview times.