This article will address and highlight some of the reasons why job seekers are not getting any interview invitation despite applying to more than five jobs a day.
With key focus on fresh graduates that are yet to understand their career path and also for job seekers that want to improve their knowledge base before applying for jobs.
1. As a Job Seeker You Need To Have a defined career plan:
Having a defined career plan will help you streamline the kind of job you want as well as the sector. For example, A fresh graduate of Economics will want to take a closer look at the best course in his final year, the course he/she has passion for, that course he/she can continue talking about for more than 5 minutes without missing a breath.
2. Job Seekers Need To Research About The Job They Are Applying For:
Over the years, we have noticed that a lot of job seekers and fresh graduates do not carry out any form of research into their choice of career or the sector(s) before they start applying for jobs in that sector.
The need for research cannot be overemphasis as this will give you a clear understanding of your career choice and help you to make informed decisions on whether to pursue this line of career. The research will also help you discover the necessary skills needed to land your first job and grow in your chosen career. This way if you don’t already have these skills, you can learn, develop and build them.
3. Curriculum Vitae / Resume:
You can master the first two issues mentioned above and still not get any form of interview invitation if you have what we like to call a “thrash CV”. One thing is certain though, 1 and 2 will help you develop and write a well-structured CV.
Having a well-structured CV in most cases might not be enough to land that dream job if you keep using the same CV to apply to different roles. Each role you’re applying to has its own Job descriptions and required skills. So before you rush and apply for that dream job, take your time to read through the job descriptions and most importantly the required skills as these are the first thing the recruiter will look for on your CV before looking at your educational background at all.
4. Use of English:
You cannot possibly expect any recruiter to call you for an interview if your CV is littered with grammatical errors. Your CV is your way of introducing yourself to recruiters. So, if your CV is full of grammatical errors, what kind of message do you think you are passing to potential employers? There is a number of tools that you can use to check your grammars before sending off that CV. Starting from Spell checker on your Microsoft Word, Grammarly, etc.
5. Filename and Email address:
Remembered what as mentioned earlier about your CV, It is a representation of you, Take your filename and Email address as your cloth and shoe. These are the two things a recruiter will first see, and, in most cases, you will be judged by them.
Picture yourself as a recruiter with thousands of CVs to read and someone applied for an advertised role with a file name and Email address such as this “ email@example.com and Cvvvv1” What will be your reaction? So, it is imperative that your email address is professional, and your CV filename is made up of your Last name and First name.