It is easy to get discouraged during the job search process. Perhaps you have applied for dozens of jobs, and never heard back — and you have no idea why. If your job applications keep disappearing into cyberspace, there may be a reason for it. We recommend you consider these small changes, which will increase the odds of hearing back from a recruiting manager.
Ask yourself: Who will read this?
When applying for a job, remember that the first step will be a screening. The person who reads your job application will not necessarily be the manager in charge or even someone with a strong understanding of the position’s responsibilities. There is also a good chance that your resume will land in an applicant tracking system before it ever gets to a human. That’s right: the first person you need to impress might be a robot. Because of this, do neither send a generic, detailed CV, nor character references or such like. References are required much later in the hiring process. Highlight what is strictly relevant to this position as clearly as possible. Remember : your goal is to get your foot in the door, that first in-person interview. Identify the key requirements in the job description and match these with your experiences. Keep your job application focused and to the point.
Stand out with your cover letter
Cover letters can be boring, but a great one will help you stand out from the crowd. Write concisely, giving a clear story to your motivation, drawing attention to how your skills and experience are a perfect match for the job requirements, and again use similar words to the job brief itself.
It is just too easy to press the send button, not include a cover letter or having a “one-size-fits-all” template that is not really relevant to the particular position (I do not know which is worse). This will neither help you get noticed nor demonstrate a genuine interest. Take this opportunity and reveal your sincere motivation.
Do not apply blindly on job boards
If you are applying only to jobs online but doing nothing else, there is a whole lot of untapped potential within your network. For example: Think through your family, friends and contacts of who understands your business and may have good contacts. This will enlarge your feelers on upcoming opportunities. Contact former co-workers and invite them for a coffee. Have a shortlist of companies and follow them, collect articles, connect with the employees on LinkedIn etc, get involved and demonstrate your motivation. One last piece of advice, keep control of your CV. Create a recap on all your outreach and applications; who, when, and what.