JOB SEARCH / OCT. 29, 2014
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10 Reasons Why You are Not Being Called for an Interview

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Have you ever wondered why you never get called for an interview after sending your CV to a hundred and one companies? There could be a number of reasons why you have not heard back from employers. This list can help you understand what you might be doing wrong.   

Here are the 10 reasons why you are not being called for an interview:

#1 Poor CV or cover letter

It is often the case that your CV and cover letter have failed to convince the recruiter, either because they contain one or two spelling mistakes or due to a poorly design/structure. All you need to do is proofread for any mistakes and experiment with changing the font style and overall presentation of your CV. This way, your CV will become stronger and more relevant to the position you are applying for. For example, if you are an artist, a fashion designer, or a musician you could make use of your creativity skills to design your CV e.g. adding shapes or colors. You could learn how to design a creative CV for free, or check out a range of creative CV templates at Kukook.

On the other hand, if your CV or cover letter is too embellished, it can work against you. If it contains too many colors, shapes or different types of bullet points it fails to represent you, instead it represents itself. Try to make your CV and cover letter understandable by following these guidelines:

- Font: Popular fonts include serif fonts such as Times New Roman, Georgia, Bell MT, Goudy Old Style and sans serif fonts such as Arial, Tahoma, or Century Goth. Try to use one font because using two fonts may look unprofessional.

- Size: Fonts sizes 10 to 12pt are ideal.

- Colors: Black and blue are the most common colors used in CVs, although other colors can also be used reasonably for more artistic/creative jobs.  

#2 Too eager

Sometimes being too eager might work against you. If you are trying too hard to convince the employer to hire you, it may give the impression to the employer that you desperately need the job and that you would accept any job offered to you. The most important thing to remember is that you are trying to be assertive and proactive - not desperate. Thus, you should be trying to convince employers why will they need you and not the other way around.

#3 You are not selling yourself

A job application is all about marketing yourself to potential employers. Failure to do so will probably cost you the job.  Perhaps it could help if you spend some time finding the right words to describe what kind of qualities and skills you possess that you can bring to the company. Try to justify how you demonstrate adaptability, flexibility, professionalism, reliability and positive attitude at work. Additionally, try to convince employers that you possess skills such as effective communication, teamwork, problem-solving skills, planning and leadership in your cover letter.

#4 You are not available

When you are searching for a job, make sure that your mobile phone is not on silent mode, and check your emails regularly! You will never know if you have missed your chance to work for your dream job because your mobile phone was switched off. If it happens and you are unavailable at that moment make sure you return the call or reply to their email as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can leave an automatically reply with the Auto SMS Lite that informs those who are calling you that you are unavailable and that you will call them back soon.

#5 You lack enthusiasm

The way you choose to use written language influences what recruiters are thinking about you. Try to use positive language - but do not lie on your CV or cover letter. Instead of saying “I am interested in” slightly exaggerate with “I am passionate about”, or use phrases such as “I enjoy helping others” over “I like helping others” in order to show them you are enthusiastic about what you are doing.

#6 Job application strategy

Have you considered you may need to change your job application strategy? Make sure you are searching for a job online and that you give it some time until you find the opportunity you have been looking for. At the same time, take several copies of your CV to give to employers at career fairs to increase your chances of finding work.

#7 Job application target

Make sure that you send your CV to the companies that you regard as your favourite, even if they do not actually have openings at that moment in time. If that is your dream job then it might be worth waiting until they start looking for someone to hire immediately. Also, make sure you let them know you are available to start as soon as possible. For some companies, this is a huge plus.    

#8 Aiming too low

On the other hand, there is the possibility that you are overqualified for the specific job which means that you have more qualifications that the recruiter expects you to have . This implies to them that you deserve to hold a higher-position on salary according to your work experience, knowledge and skills. Usually this depends on your qualifications; so if it happens that you hold a Master’s degree but the position can be filled by a high school graduate then you know you are overqualified.

#9 Aiming too high

Make sure you are not under-qualified for the position and read the job requirements before applying. You might want to apply for a managerial position but you don’t have the necessary skills, experience or qualifications to make you a manager, which means that perhaps this job is not for you.

#10 Competition

Sometimes it is simply not your fault. Job openings from popular firms are likely to receive hundreds of applications for one single position. Also, it’s likely that recruiters do not have enough time to see everyone for an interview which means you essentially miss out, through no fault of your own. So if you have tried everything and you are still unemployed don’t worry! Stay positive throughout the job application process. 

Now you know why employers haven’t called you for an interview yet. Make the necessary changes to your CV or Cover Letter, adjust your job search techniques and prepare to attend your next job interview!


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