Let’s face it, job searching is tough. A simple Google search often yields millions of results. You find yourself sifting through countless job ads looking for companies that appeal to you, asking yourself a slew of questions along the way. Is this a real job or a pyramid scheme? Is this a company I’ll want to stay with? Then it finally happens—you find your dream company. You know this is the one—your background and experience matched up completely. You apply, and then…nothing. But why?
There could be many reasons you’re not hearing back, some of which may be out of your control. The hiring manager may have cancelled the position or found someone internally. There could be the issue of timing; others were further ahead of you in the hiring process and someone else was already selected for the role. There are some factors, however, that are in your control. Check out these Dos and Don’ts to help ensure you get full consideration the next time you apply for your dream job.
- DO ensure your resume, cover letter and/or application are typo-free. As a recruiter, I see resumes every day with multiple grammatical and/or spelling errors. This includes using ALL CAPITALS ON THE APPLICATION/RESUME or using all lower case, both of which can be perceived as having lower standards for work quality. Have several friends who have strong attention to detail read your resume. Spell check’s handy, but it won’t catch the difference between ‘customer’ and ‘costumer’ or other grammatical errors.
- DO double check that you have the right company and job title on your application. Just the other day I reviewed a resume from a candidate that mixed Progressive up with another company. Tell me, would you go out on a second date with someone who called you their ex’s name? Enough said.
- DON’T apply to the same job across multiple locations. Progressive has a centralized recruiting department and a tracking system which shows what jobs you have applied to. Most big companies do. If we see you’ve applied to 47 different locations at the same time, it’s unclear to us where you truly want to be. Being open to relocation can be a good thing but pick your top location and apply there first. Explain in your resume that you’re open to other locations.
- DON’T apply to every position the company has advertised. At Progressive, we’re looking for motivated people who will stay with the job and company for a long time. While you may think applying to everything shows your passion to work for us, applying to drastically different jobs sends us a muddled message. Apply only for the roles you really want.
- DO act on feedback you’ve received in prior interviews. Sometimes you make it to an interview and you’re not chosen. If you were truly a viable candidate for the role, a smart recruiter will let you know that and provide feedback on what to work on to become a better candidate. If the recruiter recommends that you gain additional experience, make sure you do and then highlight it on your resume before re-applying. Two months’ worth of experience is typically not enough. A good rule of thumb is a minimum of six months. If you demonstrate that you’re willing and able to apply feedback given during the hiring process, a recruiter or hiring manager will feel more confident that you’ll do the same when you’re in the role.
Although following these tips can’t guarantee you the job, they can increase your odds of getting a reply and a chance to tell your dream company how you’ll be a dream employee. Good luck!