The job search process is time consuming and stressful for most job seekers. You spend hours customizing your cover letter and resume to a job description. Then you send it off… and wait. There is nothing more frustrating than applying for a position that you feel you’re well qualified for and never hearing back on why you weren’t being considered.
To better understand what prospective employers are looking for when reviewing resumes and the red flags that make them push certain applications off the table, Fortune columnist and author Annie Fisher shares the five top reasons from 1,500 recruiters and hiring managers why they don’t call an applicant.
John Lees is a UK-based career strategist and the author of “How to Get a Job You Love.” In a recent HBR IdeaCast podcast with the Harvard Business Review, he offered some great tips for how to conduct a smarter job search during this tough economic climate. How do you find a job you like during a recession? What is networking – really? What are some common mistakes people make? Read on.
Get off the computer
Even with mobile technology, there is still a residual trend to stay at home and do job hunting from there. “The reason, of course, is people want to stay in front of a screen,” says Lees. “Whether it’s applying on job boards or sending off your (resume) electronically, there’s this great temptation to use the Internet to solve all your career problems.”