The Most Common Reasons Why Recruiters Don't Call You After a Job Application

“Hey Alex, how’s your job application? Do you get an interview offer?” 

‘Nah, it has been a week and there is no call from the company. I feel bad about this. I really want to get into that company.’

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For many of us, getting no call after submitting a job application feels so much worse than a breakup. You might spend days or weeks wondering why your dream employer does not reach back to you. You already have a professionally crafted resume and still no response. Waiting is painful, so here you go, the most common reasons why recruiters do not call you back. 

You are not qualified for the job 

The most simple reason for not getting a call back from a recruiter is that you are not qualified enough for the position you are applying. It can be that skills written in your resume are not enough. This is especially true if you are applying for a senior position. 

For example, you are applying for a “key accounts manager” with a past work history as an accountant. You also cited that you are a graduate with marketing experience. Albeit it sounds great for you, don’t expect a call back from the recruiter. Why? Because “key account manager” is a senior position that requires a lot of relevant skills and experiences.   

The job ad does not hire external candidates  

Job openings on some platforms that you know are probably there only for formality. This is the reason why recruiter does not call you after your application. Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, an executive resume writer at Career Trend, said that employers often have policies that require them to post job openings to the public. In reality, there is not effectively a position available because that job openings will be filled by internal employees. 

You apply to an old job ad

One of the most common mistake job seekers does is that they do not review the job posting date before applying. Some employers do not take down their job postings after being posted. The reason is simple because employers have posted many job ads and do not remember where their old job postings are. So, it is advisable for job seekers to see job ads date before applying. 

ATS does not recognise you 

Nowadays, hiring managers rely on robot ATS (application tracking system) to easily shortlist candidate’s resumes and CVs. And ATS is tricky for job seekers. You need to perfectly write your resume in order to get shortlisted by the machine. You need to mind your keywords richness and resume format. Read here for tips to pass this robot ATS. 

Unprofessionalism in your resume 

Another common thing recruiter prefers to hold the call is that you do not write your resume professionally. To illustrate, you are in need of a job and you apply for several jobs with the same resume. You forgot to change the employer’s name and you do not proofread your resume. What do you think recruiter’s think when they see this? There are 2 possibilities. First, recruiters might think that you are not serious applying. Second, recruiters might disqualify you for your fatal mistake like spelling wrong company name. 

That said, it is always good to write some resumes for different application, especially if you are applying for different roles. Second, always proofread your resume and ask someone to proofread it after you. 

Multiple applications 

You have applied to X company in the last three months but they did not hire you. X company puts a job opening again in a different role. Because you really want to work for the company, you apply for the second time. This time you are extra careful with your resume as to not make a mistake. However, they do not even call you for your second application. Why is that? 

The reason is your interview feedback from past applications is likely to be considered to determine whether you should be contacted or not. If you are flooding the same company with your resume, the employer will think that you are not serious in a specific role, leading to disqualification for your application. 

Changing of the hiring plan 

In the game of business, everything changes pretty fast. Projects get rebooted. Teams get cut. Or, recruitment gets postponed for the later date. When this happens and you apply from a recruitment agency, they might tell you about the cancellation. But oftentimes, an employer does not inform this to job applicants. 

To conclude, it is always better to move on after a week without a call from a recruiter. There might be many reasons and you cannot know which exactly why the employer you are applying doesn’t call you back. Another way, you can call the recruiter for clarification. Or, if you know that the company uses ATS, you better understand how their ATS works and create better resumes for the next application. 

Read also: How to Discuss a Gap Year in an Interview

6 Phrases to AVOID When Applying for Job and Interview 

Obviously, every job seeker’s ultimate goal is to land a job as soon as possible. Before getting employed, however, you will have to go through some stages, from resume screening to interview meetings to finally job contract signing. All the process could be daunting and tricky from time to time, especially when you come unprepared.

Therefore, be mindful when writing your resume and do your homework before coming to the job interview. What else to pay attention to? In this article, we share 6 phrases you need to avoid during a job search and interview. These phrases could downgrade your credibility as a potential candidate. Check it out!

1. Dear Sir/Madam

What’s wrong with this phrase? While this conventional opening phrase has always been widely used that it seems normal, the phrase might not be suitable to use especially when applying for a startup company. A startup company is a place where most of its workers are millennials and like a personal touch. Therefore, saying dear sir or madame just does not sound right. 

What to say instead? In addressing a person, it is better to say “Dear (founder’s name/recruiter’s name/startup name team)”. Or, to make it sound more personal, you can say Hello (startup name) team. 

2. This is a great opportunity for me or I have a great interest in this role

You would not consider applying for a job in the company if the role is not your interest or the opportunity does not align with your own needs. Thus, when the recruiter asks you why they should hire you, try to find another way to express your reasons. 

What to say instead? There is a better way to answer instead of just repeating the “great opportunity” which is “Here is why I am prepared for this role…” or “I am always prepared to be in this role with (demonstrate your achievement or skills)”. 

See also: Passion versus Skill: What Comes First in a Job Search?

3. Well, my last employer was kind of okay  

Saying “Well..” with a low tone or high tone might indicate something bad or laziness. Sure, you do not want the recruiter to perceive you as a negative chatter. Saying “kind of okay” does not demonstrate well why you quit your job. A recruiter wants to hear from you why you choose another employment albeit the recruiter can do a background check and call your past employer. This is done to measure your honesty. 

What to say instead? Avoid the “well” words and explain how your employer treats you in the past. As best as possible, do not mention the negative reason about your former employer and in the last statement you can add, “I believe I am better suited to work in an organisation that has a strong commitment to mentoring executives as well as fostering career development and growth.” 

4. Perfectionism 

Whether being a perfectionist is your greatest asset or weakness, it is better to avoid the word all at once. Why? Because the word tells a little about you and it is overly rehearsed cliche, wrote The Muse

What to say instead? There are some alternative, however, if you are a real perfectionist. For example, you could say, “I am too attached sometimes with little details which can distract me from the ultimate goal” or “I feel myself always caught up in trivia that hinder me to achieve more.” 

5. I want better work-life balance 

Work-life balance has always become employees’ dream. However, this will be a not-so-good impression if you are only applying to get a better work-life balance. Barry Dexler, an expert interview coach, told CNBC that companies really do not care about your work-life balance. Albeit it sounds cynical, all employer truly wants to hear that you are ready to work and that you will work around the clock if needed. 

What to say instead? Instead of emphasising your thirst for work-life balance, you can tell the recruiter, “I am ready for the challenges ahead.” In addition, show previous experience or challenges that you have overcome to support your statement. 

6. I have no question, thank you 

The “thank you” part is acceptable but the “I have no question” part is a big no-no. Not having any questions for the interviewer basically says that you are not interested enough to learn. This indicates that you are not prepared enough for the interview. 

What to say instead? Do not tell that you have plenty of questions too. Just utter “Yes, I have a question/questions” and ask. What to ask? Click here to find out smart and insightful questions to ask at the end of your interview. 

Read also: Should You Bring Notes to An Interview? Dos and Don’ts

Job Fair & Online Job Search Tips for Students and Graduates 

When you squeeze through a crowded auditorium in a career expo or compete with hundreds of other applicants on an online job platform, you want to be the centre of attention. Yet, standing out “in a positive way” is no easy task. There are a lot of things you should prepare to ensure that your first impression can catch recruiters’ attention. Only then, you will be one step closer to the job you always dream of. 

See also: Maximize Your Job Search with Matrix Decision

Bob Westerkamp said that attending a job fair is one of the great ways to bolster your job-seeking efforts. Albeit doing online job hunting can also be a good choice when you have limited time, meeting recruiters in person will boost your chance of getting hired. Yet again, both job fairs and online job search are a real bear. Therefore, make sure to follow these tricks to help you stand out in the crowd. 

Tricks for a job fair

  • Make sure you pre-register online to avoid the lines. 
  • Find out who will be in the job fair. You can look for or ask the committee who will be attending prior to the event. Knowing the list helps you make sure that you can talk to top companies, especially if you have limited time. If you have more time, however, make sure to connect with everyone to leverage your circle. 
  • Research companies that will be your priority choices. Read every important information available to help you prepare for an on-spot interview. Generally, if a recruiter puts attention to you, they will do pre-interview right in the job fair. 
  • Dress as though you are going on a job interview. First impression is always important whether it is for a formal or casual event. It helps boost confidence too. 
  • Take multiple copies of your resume. Make sure that you have packed everything you need in a small bag the day or night before the job fair, such as paper, resume, cv, pen, brochure, question list, etc. DON’T give the recruiter impression that you are unprofessional by forgetting something. 
  • Arrive early to get the complete list of jobs that recruiters are offering. Arriving early can also give a good impression to recruiters that you are a punctual individual. 

Tricks for an online job search 

  • Prepare your resume for the ATS. Different from offline job search, in online job search, you should put relevant keywords to your resume so the ATS machine can detect you. Read more for a quick start to begin your resume crafting. 
  • Get your social media ready. According to a Career Builder survey, over 70 percent of employers are snooping around social media platforms before inviting you for an interview. Employers will also consider your social media behaviour before making hiring decisions. Those who behave spitefully (posting harsh content or comments) will usually be disqualified from future opening. Read more for social media tips and tricks for job seekers. 
  • Secure your privacy. Set up a separate email account that will be used solely for professional purposes with proper name and address – not the hotshareen77@blabla.com or coolchick@hotmail.com. Talentvis suggested that you should be smart when making such email accounts, especially if your name is listed as the most familiar names and surname ever. A simple trick if your name is already taken, you can combine your name with your profession or degree – or you can change the email domain. 
  • Make sure your employer does not stumble onto your resume if you are still in employment because it will result in chaos into your current job, hence, use the blocking feature many sites have to restrict access. 

Read also: The Dos and Don’ts in Job Searching When You Are Still Employed

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We are now living in the fourth phase of industrial revolution. Unlike the first three industrial revolution, the fourth is expected to see the most influence in terms of technology advancements. It has changed many businesses to higher level of innovations and marketings. Global Economic Forum released that industry 4.0 has a potential in digital connect networks and dramatically improved the efficiency of organisations. Not to mention, many believe that new technology advancements will increase the demand of talents with IT expertise.   

Highly on demand, no wonder there are many companies that are willing to pay more for those who have tech skills. Not only high salary, you will likely to get a vast reward and employee benefits. Thus, making advancements on your technical skills will give you a big plus when applying for a job. Here, we list top 7 most popular tech jobs that pay the highest, according to Glassdoor.

1    Software engineer manager ± $163,500 / year

Being a software engineer manager requires you to be able to manage and oversee design and development of software applications. You will also lead a team tasked with developing, researching, and testing company’s software. Another job is that you should direct the work of engineers to ensure the best practice, report to a senior manager, and manage a day-to-day performance of your jobs and other employees.

Skill requirements – Knowledge of software technologies, familiar with coding and computer language, management skills, agile management experience, deep understanding in company’s engineering processes, products, and visions.

2    Data warehouse architect ± $154,800 / year

A data warehouse architect is responsible for designing data warehouse and working with conventional data warehouse that support a business. They also often take client needs and work in developing a specific architecture for a specific purposes.

Skills requirements – Data modelling, ELT* development, data cleansing, online analytical processing (OLAP) design, application development, production automation, general system and database administration

*ELT refers to extraction of data from source systems into staging, transformations necessary to recast source data for analysis, and loading of transformed data into the presentation repository.

3    Software development manager ± $153,300 / year

Being a software development manager means you should be able to develop, manage, and prepare software development team, provide project management and technical leadership. Guiding, coaching, and mentoring are also your responsibilities. In other words, you will lead a team for developing and testing certain system within the company.

Skills requirements – Strong technical and analytical skills, expert knowledge of computer software languages, platforms, and methodologies, strong leadership, budgeting, and managerial skills, excellent in written and verbal communication.

4    Infrastructure architect ± $153,000 / year

If you want to be an infrastructure architect, it means you will be in charge of underlying IT system in company including servers, data centres, or cloud computing system. You will ensure that all system are working optimally and support the development of new technologies and system requirements.  

Skills requirements – Project management experience, web technologies and enterprise architecture roadmaps, familiar with web server and application server administration, web tech experience (PAN), architecture certification, Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), knowledge of Cisco network and technologies, CCIE, Linux, and Unix.

5    Applications architect ± $149,000 / year

Application architects are responsible for choosing strategy for application within company such as when to use existing tools, build new one, and occasionally develop company’s prototype for further development. They play important role in designing and analysing software projects. They also create new application and improve existing one.

Skills requirements – Good leadership skills, know how to design and test methods, good creating custom solution, and able to integrate application with existing system.

6    Software architect ± $145,400 / year

Software architects design and develop software systems and applications. They are responsible for setting an overall plan and strategy for building software. They act as a high-level decision makers in the process and are determining everything from deciding choices to technical standards. Being one of them means you really set the pace and goals for other teams of developers.  

Skills requirements – Board knowledge of software development process and technology, knowledge of architectural styles and design patterns, understand various of codes and computer languages, data modelling and database design experience, experience with software development lifecycle (SDLC), service oriented architecture (SOA), enterprise service bus (ESB), and content management systems.

7    Technical program manager ± $145,000 / year

If you want to be a technical program manager, you are in charge of handling all aspects of technical projects for your company. You are responsible for initiating programs, following its progress, and serving as sport providers if there is issues arise. You should also be able to track technical issues and implement solutions in a good manner.

Skills requirements – Interpersonal and presentation skills, ability to identify and track dependencies, project management skills, financial and cost management, understanding business goals, and able to manage risks.

Read also: 4 Things to Remember: How to Make Employer Falls In Love with You

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Finishing your study and graduating from university can be both exciting and daunting. Now that you have gained necessary skills and knowledge at school, it is time to implement the theories into practices in the workforce. During your study, you might have good GPA, actively participate in student organisations, and achieve recognition from the university for your contribution. However, the working world is different from school. With the burgeoning talent pools, you might find it more competitive and fiercer to land a job.

What should you do, then?

One of the easiest way to help you get out of the overwhelming job hunting is to keep moving and change your strategy. Searching for jobs via job platform or ads on newspapers is effective, but it might drain up your energy as you need to scroll through so many jobs and companies. Not to mention, not everything you find is the one you are actually looking for. However, a method called “matrix decision” can help you simplify your job search while still receiving the best result.

Using matrix isn’t something new. It is a decision making process people often use when making other decisions, such as deciding where school to go or evaluating which car to buy. It’s not a rocket science but doing what comes natural in a rigorous way can improve your career assessments. Matrix decision is useful when you have several choices of jobs and it can actually give a satisfactory result. There are more advantages you can get by using matrix, such as identifying new job opportunities faster while helping you think clearly and use time efficiently.

Without further ado, here are 3 easy steps you can do to create your own matrix decision.

Mainly, you should set objectives. Objectives will help you determine how successful your matrix will be. For example, you graduated with a BA degree in literature. After knowing your qualification, you should decide which objectives are the most important. There are five factors of objectives you should consider in your future career: field you want to take, role you want in the workplace, impact on your future such as salary or job status, personal growth, and what kind of organisation you want to work in.

Secondly, you decide from the most important to the less ones. At this point, you should be able to rate your decision either as high, low, or medium. To make your choice obvious, you can rate it from 1 to 5. To help you in making better decision, you can ask your friends or family members to share their thoughts and give suggestions to your career matrix because sometimes, close family or friends can see your quality better.

Remember, when rating your objectives, you should also be able to evaluate alternative against objectives. Your objectives are the primary concern in this decision. Therefore, judge how each alternative meets each category and think how it might affect your future. Also, consider what you might do if things do not work out. If possible, jot down the reasons of picking up certain job in each relevant box of matrix.

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Lastly, you can interpret the result. Your matrix structure is a stepping rock to lead you for a brighter career, but it is not the final answer. You must understand and figure out what it tells you. Matrix decision is as good as you want it to be and by using it, you’ll likely to know what job would be better and know what questions to ask in future career.

It is hard to decide what’s best for your future. But by assessing your career objectives and defining which are most important, you can make decisions with confidence as structured plan such as matrix decision can help you ease all your doubt in one place.

 Read also: Passion versus Skill: What Comes First in a Job Search?

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At some point in a career journey, there are times when an employee feel exhausted with overload tasks given to them and start to think that they deserve better jobs. Some others find a bitter fact that they do not have any chance to achieve career growth and personal development in their current company. If you find yourself trapped in similar situation, this could be the early sign that you should move on and pursue a new career.

Seeking new job while you are still employed is just like gambling. If you are lucky enough, you can find new employer within a short time. However, sometimes reality bites and the job search could take a really long time. People say that the best time to change job is when you already find a new one. Therefore, rather than letting go your job whereas you have not land a new one, it is better to hold onto your current job on until you are accepted elsewhere.

Then the question remains: how to do job search while you still has contract with your current employer? When your boss knows that you intend to leave the company, there are chances that he would feel betrayed and disappointed about your plan. This will ruin the well-built relationship between you and him even before you really move on to the new job. So, you need to do the job search silently to avoid negative comments people around you.

You should know what to do and what not in conducting the job search while you are still employed. Follow the tips below:

Dos:

Let the prospective employer knows you are still employed

Some people believe that letting prospective company know that you already have a job is important, as being employed means that you have certain proven qualities and skills. While such belief is not necessarily true, putting your current employment status on your application and resume is crucial, such that hiring managers can manage the right time to arrange an interview and tests for you.

Schedule the interview around lunch hour

Despite conducting active job search, you should remember that you are still employed. It means that you still have the responsibility to perform well and get your tasks done at your current job. When prospective recruiter invites you for an interview, you should find the best time to do it. For example, you can ask to schedule an interview during lunch hour, such that it will not disturb your main job.

Mind your outfit

Your current office culture might let you dress casually, but in order to come for an interview, you often have to wear formal dress. It will seem suspicious when you suddenly dress formally while you used to wear casual one in the office. To avoid such suspicion, you have to make a plan. For example, you can come to the office wearing T-shirt as usual, but keep the formal shirt in your bag and wear it once you get outside before coming to the interview.

Don’ts:

Don’t tell your coworker

You cannot simply believe that your coworkers are going to keep silence when they know about your job search plan and leaving the team. Even it is someone whom you trust so much, you cannot risk the possibility of him telling about your plan to the others. If rumours spread out, it will be uncomfortable for you to stay. Until you seal the deal and sign an employment contract with new employer, you should consider the job search as a kind of secret mission that no one in your office should know.

Don’t do the search during work hours

This could be obvious, but it will be awkward when you are opening a job portal with your PC at work then suddenly your boss walks by and sees it. Even when no one knows about your job search activity, you should keep in mind that your employer might track your browsing history if you use office facility during work hours. Therefore, do the job search in the evening at home. You should also ensure that the email address you use to send job application is your private email and not the one you use to exchange emails with clients. Additionally, you need to be careful with incoming calls from recruiters. Given that they usually call during work hours, make sure that you talk with him away from the place where your coworkers can hear the conversation.

Don’t ask for recommendation from your current employer

When applying for particular job, you should ensure that the prospective company does not have any cooperation or close relationship with your current company. As you need to do it in silence, it will be a problem if your future employer asks for recommendation about your performance to your current employer. Therefore, you can ask for reference or recommendation from anyone but those who work at your company.

Read also: Improve Your Chances of Getting Hired: Jobseeker Tips for Attending Career Fairs

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Owing to the tight competition in the job market, being a jobseeker in itself has become a full-time job for fresh graduates. While you have sent tens of application letters and CVs to potential employers through online job portals, it seems that your efforts were in vain. Be rest assured! As the old adage says “All Roads Lead to Rome”, so does your job hunting! When it seems that online job search gives you no significant results, then why don’t you go out and meet your dream employers at job fairs?

Job fair is not only a great place to find various types of job roles and companies, but also a great opportunity to meet directly with prospective employers and build network with professionals in your field of expertise. In a job fair, you will have better chance of demonstrating your skills and potentials than when you just send your application through emails.

Unfortunately, many jobseekers cannot reap the fullest benefits of attending job fairs, simply because they do not plan a strategy before coming to one. Typical candidates just come at the venue, look around the booths, submit their resumes and portfolios, then leaving without making any good impression to the recruiter. To avoid similar mistake, check out the tips below on how you can improve your chances of getting the job in career fairs:

Do your research

First thing you need to do before attending job fair is to find out what companies participating in the venue. If you are attracted to some companies, then you should dig out more information about them. You will have bigger opportunities of approaching the related companies if you know a lot about the organisation. Additionally, recruiters will remember you more than the other candidates if you can show genuine interests in the company.

Prepare your resume

You will hand in your resume to the recruiter with your own hand, so you know that they will eventually read it. As recruiters don’t have much time to read hundreds of resumes each day, you should create an appealing an informative resume that is easy to skim in seconds. This will help recruiters get directly to the information they need. You can ask someone to check your resume to ensure that you have put the right information in it before copying and bringing them to job fair. Bring with you about twenty copies of resume along with other necessary documents and keep them neatly in a folder.

Dress the part

First impression matters. There are cases when recruiters reject a candidate because of his unprofessional attires. That being said, make sure you wear the right attires when attending a job fair. Don’t forget to ensure you have representative hairstyle, shoes, and make up along with professional manner.

Come earlier

The best time to come to job fair is in the morning, because employers and recruiters are still fresh and in the fullest energy to meet pools of jobseekers. Not only making it easier to get to know them, coming earlier will give you more opportunities to visit more booths and have more conversation with other recruiters.

Build network

Job fair is a good place to build network. Therefore, do not just stay in one company’s booth. Look around the venue, meet more people, and introduce yourself professionally. Do not forget to collect business card from every booth you visit and take a brief note of important information you find. Building a wide network is crucial as you there will be time when you will need their help someday, or vice versa. You also need to talk with other job seekers so you can share experiences.

Read also: Most Important Networking Tips for Jobseekers

What’s the most crucial (yet difficult) part of a job interview? The answer but obvious, will be the beginning. You have only one chance to make the first impression, so you have to make sure that it is a good one. No wonder, the first five minutes of your meeting with the hiring manager will determine, whether you stand a chance for getting hired or not.

When you manage to land a job interview, you are set to get started on a new beginning, with the organisation. Now you have to think of how to nail the interview and leave a great impression to eventually seal the deal. When you are prepping for an interview, you should bear in mind that everything you do, is under review.

From the moment you walk past the door, take a seat, answer the questions, to the time you stand up and leave the room, the interviewer is paying close attention to the slightest gestures, you make.Nothing seems better than walking out of the interview room with a feeling that you have nailed the interview.

However, did you really leave the room on a positive note with the hiring manager? This will be a different story to tell in itself. So, how do you deliver a strong and solid interview that will get you a job offer? Before heading out for your next job interview, take a closer look at the following tips on how to make a good impression during the interview:

  1.    Demonstrate positive attitude

Regardless of professional reasons, people have a tendency to hire people they like. Thus, all the qualifications and experience you possess could mean nothing, if you do not demonstrate a positive attitude towards the interviewer. The key here is to be your genuine self. It is important to show that you are likeable and a flexible individual at work.

  1.    Just be yourself

An interview is not just about whether the company is willing to hire you, but also about, if you really want to work there? Therefore, you have to make sure that the job is a good fit and the company culture is in line with your principles. Just be who you are, and the hiring manager will see the ingenuity in you.

  1.    Do your homework well

It will be a rash decision to show up at the interview without any adequate information, about what you’re going to deal with. Hence, upon receiving a call for the interview, make sure to do your homework well. Research for any information that you can find about the company, the interviewer, their products, as well as the job you apply for.

  1.    Propose your idea

From your research, you might discover the problems and challenges faced by the company. During the interview rounds, you can propose your idea to reduce and unravel the issues.

Emphasise that you can apply your knowledge and take advantage of your experience to resolve the glitches. This strategy will showcase your value and contribution you can offer, if the company chooses to hire you.

  1.    Stay positive

Nobody wants to hear complaints about your previous employer, or know how underpaid you are in your current job. Rather, the hiring manager is keen on hearing how the job will be a good fit for you.

Therefore, avoid using negative words as it will only imply your cynicism. Capture the interviewer’s attention by exuding positivity in thoughts, actions and they will naturally be drawn towards you.

  1.    Don’t try too hard

At some point, you just have to let it flow. Don’t try too hard to please the interviewers because they will know the difference between genuine gestures and the made-up ones. Being a yes-man is never a good way to start a job with.

While these tips might not guarantee you the job offer, they can definitely help you get a little closer to your dream job. Good luck with your job search!

How far have you put in efforts to get noticed and land a job? Sending out resumes, attending interviews, and visiting job fairs could be the most common answers given by job seekers. Have you ever thought, that beyond all these means of reaching out to your future employers, there are some unconventional (and even unique) ways that will bring you to your dream job?

While the way people conduct hiring process has changed dramatically in the recent few years. However, the principle and process of job hunting hasn’t changed through time. The traditional formula is to search for job openings, apply for them, get interviewed, and if you meet the requirements, you will eventually secure the job.

Nevertheless, more and more people are realising that a stable job which pays off their bills at the end of the month is not enough. More than this, it is crucial to have a fulfilling career that will keep you engaged and committed for personal growth.

In today’s highly competitive era, job seekers are required to employ their creativity in order to stand out from the crowd. Even for the most optimistic individuals, days, weeks, and even months of job hunting to no avail can seem as an intimidating experience. Sometimes, all you need to do is open your mind and think outside the box.

Rather than letting yourself feeling frustrated and discouraged, it is time for you to plan a better job hunting strategy. If you want to land the job of your dreams, here are a few unconventional ideas for you:

  1. Advertise yourself

Advertising yourself in mass media is a great way to let potential employers know about your existence. You will need to demonstrate that you are a highly qualified individual who is keen on pursuing their dream job. You can print out your name, skills, and contact in public ad spaces such as local newspaper, billboard, poster, or online portals.

  1. Don’t trust your resume

You might possess all the competencies required for your dream job. The problem is, dozens of other applicants offer the same thing too. It is true that a resume will be your first weapon to set out on the company’s door. However, relying on your resume in itself is not enough to convince them your qualities.

Creating a portfolio will be helpful to showcase your capabilities as well as describe what you have achieved in the past.

  1. Apply for unlisted jobs

Have you ever found ‘candy taster job’ advertisement? While everyone will fancy the idea of getting paid for tasting delicious candies every day, chances are, such job ads can be hardly found. If you want to land on cool and extra-ordinary job like this, you should start applying for unlisted jobs. Remember, not all type of jobs are publicly advertised. Hence, it is time to be proactive.

  1. Go blogging

If you think that writing a blog is a great way to pass time, then perhaps you should re-think the idea. Going blogging is not only a great way to invest your spare time, but also can help you connect with your future employer.

To keep engaged with the blog, you should write on something that you like. When you have set up a blog, avoid radio silent and keep it updated. You might never know who will show up with a prospective job offer.

  1. Make a video resume

Amidst the competition for job, a written resume is no longer enough. To get noticed by top organisations, you need to get creative. Creating a personalised video resume can help you realise this goal. You don’t have to make it complicated. Instead, you can create a brief but attractive video resume that enlists your key strengths and previous experiences.

  1. Volunteer yourself

Volunteering yourself to work for free on projects could be an unconventional approach that will help you to eventually land the job of your dreams. To prove yourself to potential employers, you can participate actively in voluntary or freelance project that is related to your field of expertise.

Don’t focus primarily on how to make money out of the job. Rather, you should focus on how the experience will enrich your soul. Not to mention, volunteering is an effective way to build networking.

Everyone else might have equal skills and qualifications that you possess. However, unless you have something distinctive to offer, sending out resumes and cover letters will not guarantee you your dream job. Therefore, a dash of creativity is the key to grab employer’s attention. Let your creativity shine and soon you will fetch a dream offer your way, by treading the unconventional route to success. Sometimes looking beyond is the key to tap into bright future prospects.

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Do's and Dont's for Creating Catchy Resume

Every recruiter reads a pile of resumes. How could you be so sure that your resume is memorable enough to catch their attention? We heard that recruiters don’t fall for fancy formatting. Plus, they only take less than 25 seconds to skim through your resume.

Really, what should you do? Here are several tips for you, according to professional recruiters.

 

Do’s:

  • Mention URLs of your online presence

You might think it is not necessary, but recruiters prefer this kind of information than, say, your weight and height. However, it could be more than just your personal social media accounts. There are many websites to showcase your expertise, concern, and interest. Such as blog for writers, Dribbble for designers, and GitHub for developers.

When a recruiter check the URLs, your chance to stand out is bigger than ever. Yes, they spend some time to check your online presence. Thus, demonstrate your expertise to open-source repositories, and don’t forget to include it on your resume.

  • Show some personality into your resume

It is not always putting a ‘boring’ statement on your resume, such as, hard-worker or passionate. Are you a friendly and funny person in real life? Try inserting something on your resume to prove that! Most resumes are very formal. When you write something out of the norm, recruiters will pay more attention to your resume.

Really, there are ways to make your resume more fun.

  • List your important personal projects

Office hours normally only take 8 hours of your 24-hour day. What do you do for the rest of your day? Some people have personal side projects, and it could be a plus in eyes of the recruiter. If your projects are related to the industry, do not take those for granted. It could be a strong reason to hire you.

 

Dont’s:

  • Create old-fashioned, paper resume

Are you using MS Word’s resume templates? Please don’t. Also, you should not list an objective at the top of the resume like people do in the 90s.

Things are not going great as well for people who keep mailing, faxing, or hand-delivering paper resumes. Most recruiters are busy and tech-y. They would most likely prefer digital resumes, since they can find keywords more easily.

  • Write badly and long-winded

Pay more attention on how you write your resume. Is it free of grammatical errors? What kind of writing style did you chose: first person or third person? Whatever it is, make sure you are consistent. Also, recruiters think a resume with a ridiculous number of pages is obnoxious. No need to exaggerate your experiences, responsibilities, and achievements. Do them a favour! Simplify it.

  • Send it to the CEO

Some job seekers think that they have to send resume addressed to the CEO. While in fact, it makes their resume go unnoticed. CEOs don’t often read resumes. Find the correct person you should send your resume to!