Why Didn’t I Get the Call?

This post is by Beth Taylor, HR supervisor at Situation Interactive.

Job searches are hard. Just starting the process of looking for a job can be overwhelming. After scouring job boards for days and finally finding one you think is right for you, you excitedly apply — finally feeling confident in your experience and abilities. Then the waiting game begins. After all, your experience fits the job description perfectly, so it’s just a matter of time, right? But then the call never comes. After you repeat this process three, four, five times, it starts to get hard not to take the rejection personally. Here’s why you shouldn’t.

  • Your resume isn’t actually perfect for the job listed. That’s not to say that it isn’t typo- and error-free, it just means you are in fact missing something the recruiter or hiring manager is looking for. For example, when I post a position that requires two to three years of agency experience, that’s what I mean. I don’t mean two to three years of experience overall. I mean you need agency experience … and details like that are often overlooked.
  • Just because you submitted a resume doesn’t guarantee that it will be reviewed. Guess the numbers of candidates you think may have applied to the same position you applied to. Now multiply it by five, at least. Depending on the size of the company, there may not be a team of recruiters whose sole purpose is to fill open positions. For example, if a small company has an HR department of only a few people, their daily responsibilities are spread and they don’t have the time to dedicate to reviewing resumes all day. So once a handful of viable candidates are identified, the resume search stops unless it’s necessary to pick it back up.
  • It may not be a “real job.” At least not in the sense that it’s an immediate hire. Companies often post jobs to get a sense of what’s out there if a certain position should become available, not necessarily because it is open at the moment. Also, it gives the recruiter an automatic pool of candidates to start with when the position is approved to hire.

But don’t give up. Everyone says to get a job you must network, network, network. While networking improves your chances of finding a job exponentially, every single job I’ve held has been obtained through job boards and the right timing.

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  • Debbie Kline

    Thank you for the article. The last point you gave, where there may not presently be a job available was helpful. I have been searching since January and I was worried that I wasn’t being chosen due to my age (58) my credit report (still could be)and/or the fact that I’ve moved quite a bit looking for a better market in order to locate a job in my field. I’m a frustrated mess right now but your article truly helped me calm down a bit.

    Debbie Kline