Failing to secure a job interview? This could be why
18th November 2018
A scatter-gun approach, poor social media presence or jobseeker burnout could explain why your 2018 job search hasn’t yet produced any job interviews, according to recruiting experts MCG Group.
Every year a significant number of professionals look and apply for a new job, but despite their best efforts many fail to secure an interview.
Job searching can be tiresome, especially when it feels as though you are spending all your time firing off applications with no results. Even the most determined job seekers can find themselves in this situation and often it’s because of a mistake they aren’t even aware of.
According to the team at MCG& Group, these typically include:
A scatter-gun approach: If you are applying here, there and everywhere for any role which relates in some small way to your expertise and experience, without stopping to consider what you really want, checking that the position is right for you, and tailoring your application to show why you are right for the job, then you are unlikely to secure an interview.
Trust me, a hiring manager can spot a generic CV a mile off. The job search process is about quality over quantity, so take your time to read each job description and only apply for roles that are suited to you. Before you send each application, adapt your CV by removing information that isn’t relevant to the role and elaborating more upon the skills, experience and successes that do deem you suitable.
Your social media presence is letting you down: It’s not enough to have a LinkedIn profile that you update whenever you remember to. Savvy jobseekers use social media to its full potential when looking for a new job. This includes following the pages of the companies you would like to work for and keeping an eye out for vacancies, consistently engaging with your network by posting, liking, sharing and commenting on relevant content, connect with a recruiter (once you have updated your privacy settings) and starting a conversation.
It is also important to ensure all your profiles are aligned in terms of employment dates, job descriptions and areas of responsibility. Add links to provide evidence of your work.
You have jobseeker burnout: Job searching can be tiring, especially when your efforts have been fruitless so far. This may spur you on to apply for even more roles, which will only serve to make you feel more drained.
Try adopting a more organised and balanced approach. Set aside time slots on days where you feel more alert, such as on the weekend or at the beginning of the week. Have breaks, see your friends, take up a hobby or go to the gym – the activity doesn’t matter as much as finding something that helps you unwind so you can resume your search feeling rested and focused.
Managing Partner — EMEA