Is Anybody Out There? …

When a company advertises a role they can expect to get anything from zero to a thousand CVs in response. I think this is part of the reason that companies have become so focused on only replying to candidates that make the shortlist and ignoring the rest. I know from my time as a frontline recruiter that the amount of inappropriate, mis-matched CVs, can be huge. I received countless applications from candidates without a single skill or element of relevant experience. The job-searching candidate version of the spammer or junk mailer.
For those of you with great skills, that are a good match for the roles you are applying for, who are receiving no interview requests, receiving no feedback is frustrating and demoralising. It seems that you send off relevant email after relevant email into a black hole of nothingness. All the while becoming more anxious that the clock is ticking and you are eager to move. So what, other than now hiring me, can you do?
Go back to the drawing board with your CV. Have a go at writing a new one from scratch. When you amend the original it is so tempting to see bullet points you like and although they are not strictly relevant, because you like them, you leave them in. Using either 'Creating a Targeted CV' if you know the exact role in a specific company that you are applying to, or 'Generally This CV Works' if you have a job title and want to send it in multiple directions, sit down with a blank sheet of paper and start your CV again. You might be amazed what you write in contrast to the one you were using.
Run a search for agencies that specialise in your specific market. Find a good consultant that would like to work with you and arrange some time to talk. Telephone is great, or skype, if you are not local enough for a meeting. I rarely met my candidates in the initial stages because of the logistics. Discuss your experience, show them the CV you have prepared and ask for their advice. Get them to suggest ways that you can improve your initial impact, if your CV is one of three hundred that is going to hit the recruiters desk. A good recruiter will be happy to take some time with you here as they know, no interview equals no job offer and no job offer equals no fee for them.
Spend some time identifying key companies you want to work for and make speculative applications. If you are lucky your CV will arrive the week before they go live with their advert for a vacancy that just happens to be your perfect job. Network with people you know. Putting pressure on friends makes you a liability and someone to be avoided. Asking people to let you know if they hear of anything that might suit you, gives your friends the chance to help you as and when they can. In my experience people love to help out!
Update your profiles on jobsites and LinkedIn. Make sure that they reflect your new CV and that you have set your search criteria to accept information about new jobs. Also make sure your privacy levels aren't too high so that people can actually make contact with you.
Then relax, think positive, know that you always found a new role in the past so there is every reason to expect you will find one now. If you are currently on the bench, allocate an amount of time every day to your quest (ninety minutes is often perfect) and then make a point of enjoying the rest of your day. Do some of those jobs you didn’t have time to do when you were working. Because very soon you will be …
Are you frustrated by your career success (or lack of it)? Are you really good at what you do but you just can’t work out how to get someone to realise? Is it sometimes difficult to get taken seriously where you are? Do you just wish you could find your dream job and be happy?
There’s nothing wrong with you. Most people have felt like you do at some point in their career. The good news is that a problem well-stated is a problem half-solved. It just takes a different way of doing things to create the different result that you are looking for and working with someone that has helped hundreds of people get their dream job and find happiness. Email us at to set up a time to chat and we’ll see if we can help!

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