Job Seeker’s Struggle: Navigating the Texas Job Market Despite Filling Out Numerous Applications, Interviews Remain Elusive
One of the things of adulthood includes working. An adult has to have the means to provide for themselves and a family if they have one. In order to do that, one must have a job.
This is where the frustrations of thousands of people begin, especially those just graduating from college or even high school. One can see the frustrations of many when you scroll through the pages of social media.
I have filled out at least 30 applications and haven't received one call, email, or even an interview.
This is a frustration felt by thousands of people throughout Texas when it comes to finding a job. Especially a career.
We reached out to Philip Flores with Workforce Solutions and posed this question to him.
What's going on and why aren't companies and businesses responding or reaching out to applicants?
According to Flores, this isn't a new phenomenon, and offered reasons why the job seeker is not receiving any responses.
- High volume of applicants: With the advent of online job portals and easy application processes, employers often receive an overwhelming number of applications. Consequently, it becomes challenging to respond to each applicant individually.
- Unqualified or mismatched qualifications: When applicants' qualifications or experiences do not align with the job requirements, employers may decide not to proceed with their applications.
- Competitive job market: In fiercely competitive industries, there may be an abundance of qualified candidates vying for a limited number of positions. Employers are forced to choose only a select few, leaving many others without feedback.
- Internal referrals: Employers often prioritize candidates referred by current employees or trusted contacts. Consequently, applicants without such referrals may face increased difficulty in capturing employers' attention.
- Technical issues or unresponsive email: Sometimes, technical glitches occur during the application submission process, preventing employers from receiving or reviewing certain applications. Additionally, emails may inadvertently end up in spam filters, leaving candidates unaware of attempts to contact them.
- Limited resources: Small businesses or startups, operating with constrained resources, may struggle to dedicate time and effort to application follow-ups. Consequently, communication with applicants may be lacking.
- Overqualified for the job: Employers may be hesitant to extend job offers to candidates who appear significantly overqualified for a particular position, fearing they may leave once a more suitable opportunity arises.
- Change in hiring plans: Organizations frequently adjust their hiring plans due to budget constraints, reorganizations, or other unforeseen factors. Such changes can result in delays or cancellations of the hiring process.
- Incomplete application: Applications missing essential information or required documents are often automatically excluded from consideration. Ensuring all necessary details are provided is crucial to avoid such exclusion.
- Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS): Many employers utilize ATS, which scan resumes for relevant keywords and skills. If candidates fail to include these essential details, their resumes may not pass the ATS screening, leading to their exclusion from further consideration.
- Generic cover letters and resumes: Submitting generic application materials that are not tailored to the specific job can significantly diminish the chances of receiving a response from employers. Personalization and alignment with job requirements are key.
- Incomplete or extensive work history: An incomplete work history or a resume listing an excessive number of jobs can raise concerns for employers. They may view it as a lack of commitment or instability, leading to a lack of response.
- Administrative oversight: In some instances, employers may unintentionally overlook or forget to respond to certain applications due to administrative errors or oversight.
- Unknown callers: With the rise of telemarketers, individuals are becoming increasingly hesitant to answer calls from unknown numbers. Employers often leave messages for candidates, hoping for a callback, which may result in missed communication.
That is a lot of reasons why an application might not be getting through or how an applicant might be missing communication from the business. With all that standing in an applicant's way.
How does the job seeker get through the clutter?
Flores also shared some tips for job seekers to use to bust through all that clutter.
- Tailor applications and resumes: Rather than submitting generic resumes and cover letters, candidates should customize their application materials to align with the specific job requirements. Highlighting relevant skills and experiences can make a significant difference in capturing employers' attention.
- Research the company: Before applying for a position, candidates should thoroughly research the company and understand its values, culture, and goals. This knowledge can be used to tailor application materials and demonstrate genuine interest during interviews.
- Optimize resumes: Since many employers utilize Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), it's crucial to optimize resumes by including relevant keywords and skills that align with the job description. This increases the chances of passing through the initial screening process.
- Follow up with a thank-you note: After an interview or submitting an application, candidates should send a personalized thank-you note to express their appreciation for the opportunity and reiterate their interest in the position. This gesture can leave a positive impression on the hiring manager.
- Network and seek referrals: Building a strong professional network and seeking referrals from trusted contacts can significantly enhance job prospects. Referrals often carry more weight in the hiring process and increase the likelihood of receiving a response from employers.
When searching for your next job, hopefully, these reasons and tips can be helpful in securing an interview and a future job.