• Sarah Seavey

Why Am I Not Hearing Back From Recruiters?

It takes a lot of work to write the perfect resume, interview for a job, and negotiate salary. The last thing you want is for your resume to get passed up by recruiters because it was not engaging enough. This article will provide some insight into what recruiters look at when reviewing resumes as well as helpful tips to ensure your application stands out amongst the rest!



Why Am I Not Hearing Back From Recruiters?

The top reason recruiters do not move someone forward is because they don't meet minimum qualifications or they are not enthusiastic enough about the position in an interview. There are also other factors on the company's end such as highering freezes or the job is no longer being filled.


Ensure Your Application Stands Out!

Apply to What Excites You

If you are unsure if the role would be a good fit for you or you don't find yourself saying "This is me!" "I could do this job and do it well!" while reading the job description then do yourself a favor and don't apply. Time spent compiling an application or resume should go towards roles that you feel are the best fit for you. If the role is not in alignment then it's likely an employer might feel the same way.


Do Your Research

Recruiters want someone who has done research on the company. Use the job description as a checklist of sorts but also go beyond the job description. Have you read about the company on their website? Have you Googled them and found articles written by members of the team, or found recruiters' profiles on LinkedIn who are currently hiring? Do they have an Instagram account that showcases employees in action?


Let's Talk Resume

So what are recruiters looking for when they review resumes? Simply put, recruiters are seeking to find the best fit for their team. The job description is the employer's way of saying, someone with these skill sets and there's experience is the best fit. Your resume should be a response to the job description demonstrating the qualifications, knowledge, skills, and experience that make you the best fit for the role.


A resume should be concise and clear. It is important to take the time to write your resume in a way that highlights key qualifications while still being able to tell an employer who you are through your professional interests, previous work experience, or accomplishments you have had. Make sure to spell-check and grammar-proof your resume and make the formatting easy on the eyes.


Maximize Your Job Search

The resume is just one part of the job search process. Recruiters and hiring managers are always on the lookout for talented candidates so it's important to stay engaged with your network, engage in LinkedIn, find local recruiters on Twitter or LinkedIn, and be proactive about sending out a resume as an email.


Land Additional Rounds of Interviews

It's important to prepare for interviews. You can also use the job description to develop a list of questions. Look at the roles and responsibilities on the job description and flip them into mock interview questions. For example, the responsibility is "Leads regular analysis of industry, competitive, and consumer trends and activities", turned into a mock interview question becomes "Tell me about a time when you led the analysis of consumer trends and activities?".


Write 2-3 questions to ask at the end of the interview. You'll want to ask about things like company culture, opportunities for growth, new products, and technologies being developed in the future, work-life balance - anything you're curious about that's relevant to your resume and/or personal goals.