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What to Do If You Aren't Hearing Back From Recruiters?
By Gayathri Ramachandran

What to Do If You Aren't Hearing Back From Recruiters?

You’ve applied to countless jobs and yet, you still haven’t heard back. It’s no wonder people describe looking for a job as one of the hardest jobs a person can have.

Falling into what’s known as the “application black hole” is a common experience, one that often frustrates even the most optimistic job applicants. If you’re applying to jobs and not hearing back, here are five ways to build your confidence despite the silence, as well as two bonus tips to help your resume get noticed:

Keep up momentum.

It’s vital that you continue searching and applying for jobs. Fortunately, the job market is filled with opportunities. Set weekly goals for yourself, targeting a specific number of applications so that you don’t get too focused on a particular position. Goals can help you alleviate anxiety and maintain a daily routine. Look for ways to get involved in your community or industry if you’re unemployed, have spare time on your hands or are feeling isolated.


Optimize your efforts.

Automate the front end of the job search process (identifying jobs that interest you) as much as possible. Do this by setting up job alerts — email updates about new jobs that match your preferences. You can create a job alert by doing a job search. On the right side of the search results page, just enter your email and select “Activate” to have new jobs containing these search terms sent to your inbox on a regular basis.

Because you can create numerous alerts, use specific keywords from the job descriptions, job titles, and company names you’re targeting. Experiment with a variety of job titles and terms until you find searches that match what you’re looking for. By reducing the amount of time you’ll spend searching, you’ll gain time to customize and improve your applications: tailoring your resume and getting that cover letter just right.


Know the rules.

To further reduce your chances of falling into the application black hole, read each job description carefully for keywords and include these words in your resume and cover letters. Today, most employers use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) — a software that allows for automated sorting of applications based on specific keywords, including skills, years of experience, training, or schools attended.

As soon as you click “Submit,” your application is evaluated based on the job description keywords, then ranked alongside other candidates in the company’s database.


Do your research.

Have you set your sights on a particular company? Do some digging. Visit their website to read their company blog and press releases. Learn about their mission on their “About Us” page. Keep track of local networking events the company is attending or hosting by following their social media channels. You can also follow the company’s CEO or other leadership on social media. This is a great way to stay up to date on what’s happening within the company and what matters to this organization.


And follow potential employers on Jobenvoy Company Pages to receive updates when new jobs are posted.


Use and build your network.

Ask your professional and social networks for help. Find out if anyone in your network already works at companies you’re targeting. If you haven’t heard back about an application and are concerned it’s fallen into the black hole, your connection may be able to find an answer. Also, attend local networking events and join digital communities. These are fun ways to meet like-minded professionals and learn of new job opportunities.

Looking for your next job can be a daunting process, and if you aren’t receiving feedback, it can feel like you aren’t making progress. But with a balance of targeted, keyword-rich applications, networking, and self-care, you’ll escape the application black hole and find not just the next job, but the right job.