“Who is really hiring? I’m beginning to think that this is just a waist of time. I have applied so for through this site for more than 20 jobs and so far no single employer even replied to any of my applications.”
Hi, Nabeel. I know you’re frustrated, but there are a couple of issues that I think you’re dealing with in your job search. These four steps can help:
1. Check for application errors
Seriously, make absolutely certain your applications are error free. Proof read your applications carefully, and ask a friend to help. The spell-check function doesn’t catch everything (like the difference between “waist” and “waste”). Errors are usually considered a red flag by hiring managers that either your language skills aren’t strong or your attention to detail is lacking.
2. Follow up
Respectfully and politely follow up on applications. Following up shows motivation and increases your chances of getting interviewed.
3. Apply More
I know 20 applications is a lot, and it takes a long time to complete them (I’ve been there and done that personally), but it’s not that many compared with the number submitted by a typical job seeker in today’s market. Take a deep breath, take five minutes to relax and prepare to fill out many an application before you get hired. Pace yourself, do a few a day. But dig in for the long haul.
4. Have patience
It might be that the hiring manager plans to contact you and just hasn’t had the chance to do it. We’ve heard from members who were called by employers 24 hours later, 3 months later, everywhere in between and (unfortunately) never. Don’t wait to hear back from a specific job, even if you get an interview. Keep applying to other jobs until you get hired – the worst that can happen is more than one job offer!
Good luck with your job search!