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Can’t Get an Interview? Here’s 6 Reasons Why

August 31st, 2021

Are you having trouble getting a job interview? You are not alone. It is a situation many people face when looking for a job, especially when looking to level up to a more senior position than you are currently in. It can be downright frustrating when you apply for a job you think is perfect for you only to wait and wait and not get a response from the employer.

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Here are some potential reasons you could be having issues getting a job interview:

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1. You’re focusing on quantity over quality

More is not always better when looking for a job. Trying to apply for as many jobs as possible is not an effective strategy. First, you will be applying to a lot of jobs that are not the right fit. Secondly, you may try to apply as fast as possible. This could cause you to make mistakes or miss out on required information when sending in your application. Focus on applying to the right jobs and taking your time submitting your application.

2. You are relying too much on job boards

Job boards are a great place to look for potential jobs, but too many people have become completely reliant on them. They have become a primary source of seeking out opportunities. However, focusing on networking and working with a recruiter can open the door to opportunities that better match your skills and experience. Look for jobs in many areas to open up your options.

3. You are not spending the time to customize your resume for each job

Each job you apply for will be different. Your resume needs to reflect the job. So, you need to customize your resume to match what the employer is looking for. If you don’t, you will limit your chances and you may potentially miss out on a role that is great for you simply because you didn’t cater your resume.

4. You fail to communicate your accomplishments and differentiators

Outlining your roles and responsibilities from your current and previous jobs is commonplace on resumes. But a better approach is to communicate what you have been able to accomplish in your career. How have you made a difference? What impact have you had on the role or organization? Being able to communicate this will help potential employers better understand what you are capable of achieving.

5. The jobs you apply to are not the right fit

A common reason you may not get calls is you are applying for jobs that are not ideal for you. Perhaps you are missing too many of the qualifications or lack a certain amount of experience. You need to be honest with yourself about where you are in your career and the types of jobs you are qualified for.

6. You are making mistakes

Plain and simple – you are making mistakes on your application. Maybe you have some typos on your resume or cover letter. Perhaps you are not paying enough attention to application details and leaving out important information. Don’t rush and make sure you thoroughly review things before you submit them to the employer.

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Bruce Powell

Bruce co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as Managing Partner. His personal background includes hands-on management experience in sales, marketing and marketing services. He has built management teams for a wide variety of marketing, communications, media and technology companies. He has also participated in several M&A transactions for service-based companies and is frequently called upon as a resource in the planning and negotiation of such deals.

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