Career Exploration The Hiring Process The Local Job Market
Iâ€™ve been sending resumes and applying online to lots of companies. Iâ€™m surprised by the lack of response. What should I do?
So many people seem to be assuming that employers have the time to respond to each job search inquiry made, resume sent, or application submitted.Â Itâ€™s just not true; we give too much credit to companies for being organized or even having an active recruitment department.Â Many times, the company has outsourced that piece of Human Resource activity to a staffing agency. Other times, they just donâ€™t have the manpower to get back to people unless they are actively hiring and they want something youâ€™ve offered in your contact!
So to answer your question â€“ GET PROACTIVE! Donâ€™t just wait indefinitely to hear from employers. After 10 days or so, call or email to ask â€œMay I speak with the person who is responsible for making hiring decisions for ___________ jobs?â€ or in email, Please tell me the status of my application or resume sent _______ (insert date) for _______ (insert name of job opening)?
The best way to get jobs is networking. So at the least, with these close-ended questions, a conversation can get started in which you can state why you should get an interview.