You’ve sent out your first applications to a few companies and you’re sitting by your phone, waiting for a call back. If you haven’t heard back after a few weeks of applying, it may be time to look over your process to make sure that the next batch of applications you fill will take you one step closer to getting hired.
Your resume needs some serious work.
With recruiters and systems that filter out resumes, your resume needs to have the right keywords and the ability to catch the recruiter’s eye. Do this by summarizing your skills at the top of the page and how they would be beneficial for the position you are applying for.
You’re not tuning your resume to fit the position you are applying for.
To ensure that your resume is optimized for search engines and ATS systems, make sure you have thoroughly read through the job posting. Use keywords similar to the the ones used by the hiring company to increase your chances at a call back. If you feel that you are in need professional help, look into Employment BOOST’s entry level resume writing service to help maximize your chances.
You haven’t taken any extra steps after you submit your resume.
It never hurts to try to increase your chances by reaching out to employees with similar positions at the companies you have applied to. By doing so, you’re able to gain more insight on the position or company culture to see if you would be a good fit.
Your networking skills may need some refining.
Though we encourage you to reach out to employees at the companies you have applied to, it is extremely important make sure your conversations are kept professional and through professional sites like LinkedIn. Avoid getting too personal with your new connection and avoid finding them to connect on other social sites.