So, you’re frustrated and annoyed at why you’ve sent out dozens, and maybe even hundreds and CVs and cover letters, and to your dismay, you’re CV and cover letters are not hitting the spot in any call-backs, interviews, let alone job offers. So, what is the reason for this? Actually, we at CVLondon think that there are five key reasons as to why this sometimes happen. You should take note of the following and make immediate steps for improvement.
Just imagine. You have put so much effort into your CV, described your experience in great detail, mentioned that you can work in pressurised environments, you’re tolerant and a fast learner, you’ve boasted about the projects that you’ve implemented, and the level of ownership of the programs. Now, it is time to review your CV with a critical eye and have the mind of the recruiter / employer. Does the title and the content of your CV match the exact requirements and the needs of the position you are applying for?
If you send a great deal of CVs and cover letters but get no answer in response, then we would imagine that the content of your documents is very much likely to be too general and predictable. Recruiters and HR professionals want to see not only the interest in the job, but also the real reasons in favour of giving you an interview for the role. Therefore, it’s really important to take as much care as possible when writing your CV and cover letter and to ensure that you personalise your application for all vacancies.
In case you send a CV purposefully, but for an interview you are still not invited, read the text of the vacancy again. Perhaps you did not fulfil any of the special conditions, missed the mention of the test, code word or test job. Or overestimated your opportunities and your skills are not exactly what the employer is looking for. By the way, concerning the skills, check if you are good enough to present them in your CV.
You are a good match, but someone just sent a CV earlier and, unfortunately, they appeared to be more of a successful candidate. This is also the case when not everything depends on you. Though, if the recruiter is polite enough to inform you that the job position has already been closed and the necessary person is found, ask them to save your CV for future opportunities.
During a recruiting campaign, employers will tend to receive and be inundated with many CVs and covering letters and they simply can’t respond to every single application, it’s just not time wise to do this. Some recruiting campaigns may last up to a couple of months, so please do not despair, you may have to be p and wait a bit longer.