I’ve had so many jobs. 17 to be specific – No, I’m not exaggerating, and no, I have never been fired. I’ve also been on the other side and have been the one to hire. Because of that, I wanted to tell you 5 reason’s why you might not have heard back from the job you really wanted.
REASON #1: YOU DIDN’T FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.
Pay attention to what the job is asking you to submit. I’m going to use my internship ad I posted as an example where I asked that the applicant send over a resume, cover letter and social media links. Half of the people who applied did not submit all three – which makes me move on to the next applicant. If you cannot pay attention to detail and follow directions when applying for the job, how reliable will you be if you actually get it?
REASON #2: YOUR COVER LETTER IS VERY GENERIC.
When a company asks for a cover letter, please send one that is not one you copied, pasted and sent to the other jobs you applied for. Trust me, you can tell and you come off as lazy and not really wanting the job. Write a cover letter tailored to the position you’re applying for.
REASON #3: YOU DIDN’T DO ANYTHING TO STAND OUT FROM THE OTHER APPLICANTS.
You wanted this job, right? Now think of how many more you’s there are out there that want the same one. When applying for a job, go above and beyond what they asked for.
REASON #4: YOU’RE BOMBARDING.
There’s a fine line between being consistent, and just being well… annoying. When you apply for a job, go ahead and follow-up in a few days or a week if you haven’t heard back. Don’t blow up their email asking if there’s an update everyday. That won’t get you a faster response. If there was an update, they would tell you.
REASON #5: IT’S NOT MEANT FOR YOU.
I know it’s not what you want to hear, but at the end of the day, everything happens for a reason. If you didn’t get the job, it’s because you weren’t meant to. Don’t be sad about it though, it just means there’s a bigger and better opportunity out there waiting for you.
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