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Recruitment 06 Sep 2023

4 Reasons Why Your Job Application is Ignored

user-img David Ozi Borg
Graphic with two options: 'Hired' with a ticked box accompanied by a drawing of a person celebrating, and 'Ignored' with an unticked box accompanied by a drawing of a person scratching their head
Job hunting can be a frustrating and demoralising experience if your applications consistently seem to go unnoticed. So we explored some common factors that may contribute to your job applications being overlooked and provide insights on how to improve your chances of standing out to employers.

Inadequate Networking:


Networking is an essential aspect of the job search process. Many job opportunities are filled through personal connections and referrals. If you're not actively networking, you may be missing out on potential opportunities. Attend industry events, connect with professionals on platforms like LinkedIn and engage in conversations to expand your network and increase your chances of finding job leads.


Limited Online Presence:


Having a strong online presence can significantly impact your job search success. Employers often search for candidates online to learn more about them beyond their application materials. If you have a limited or nonexistent online presence, it may raise concerns or give the impression that you are not up-to-date with current professional practices. Create a professional online presence by having a well-crafted LinkedIn profile and, if relevant, a personal website or portfolio showcasing your work.


Lack of Follow-up:

After submitting an application, many candidates fail to follow up, assuming that the employer will contact them if interested. However, following up shows your enthusiasm and commitment to the position. Send a brief and polite follow-up email after a week or two to inquire about the status of your application. This proactive approach can demonstrate your initiative and potentially bring your application back to the employer's attention.

Your CV itself:

Your resume is your marketing tool and if it fails to impress employers, it can lead to your application being overlooked. Ensure that your resume is well-organised, error-free and clearly highlights your most relevant qualifications and achievements. Use strong action verbs and quantify your accomplishments to make your resume stand out.

Lacking customisation is another common error. Applicants often submit generic applications that fail to address the specific requirements and mention irrelevant skills. Employers seek candidates who show a genuine interest in their company and demonstrate exactly how their skills align with the position. Tailor each application by highlighting the relevant experiences you have, the skills and accomplishments that directly relate to the job description.

Once your layout is drafted, consider the format of your CV. Employers tend to use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to screen resumes. These scan for specific keywords related to the job requirements.  If you're sending in your resume in a PDF format, make sure that the text can be highlighted with your cursor. This ensures that the ATS system will be able to read the text. Since ATS will not read any images or an untraceable application lacks these keywords, it may not make it through the initial screening process! Review the job description carefully and incorporate relevant keywords into your resume and cover letter, ensuring a better chance of passing the ATS filter.

If your job applications are consistently ignored, assess your approach and identify areas for improvement. Customising your applications, strengthening your resume, incorporating relevant keywords, networking, maintaining an online presence and following up can enhance your chances of getting noticed by employers. Remember that perseverance is key and each rejection is an opportunity to learn and refine your strategy. With persistence and a targeted approach, you can increase your chances of landing that desired job opportunity.


David Ozi Borg

Co-Founder & COO BigWig Headhunters

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