Everything has its ups and downs, and online applications are no different. There are some ways that the online job application revolution has rocked the world of job seekers for the better, and others that leave us all staring at the screen stuck somewhere between rage and confusion. The Black Hole is one of those things.
What is The Black Hole? If you’ve conducted a job search online in the last five years, I don’t have to tell you what this is. It’s the feeling you get when you’ve submitted what feels like a million job applications and heard absolutely nothing back. No emails from real people. No phone calls. Maybe an automated response (if you’re lucky) but otherwise absolutely no response.
Why does it happen? The job market is so tough that hiring managers are swamped with applications. It’s nearly impossible for them to read all of them, and if they responded personally to each candidate, they’d never have time to hire and train new employees.
What can you do about it?
First: Don’t take it personally. It’s not about you, hiring managers are human too and have to complete their tasks within a certain amount of time. In a competitive market, they literally do not have time to contact each applicant individually. They are spending that time trying to determine the best applicant for the job (hopefully you)!
Second: Submit an error-free application and follow up. It shows you are motivated and sets you apart from other applicants.
Though you still won’t hear back from every application, following the right steps to get an interview can lead to a higher number of calls from potential employers.