Why More Than 90 Percent of Job Seekers Never Get Invited For An Interview
One of the most frustrating aspect of a job-search in a country with an increasing unemployment rate like Nigeria is that you can respond to job vacancies all day long without hearing a word back. It is commonplace to hear many job-seekers complaining and wondering if they are good enough. Many medium and large sized business think nothing of leaving these graduates to wonder whether their applications was received or not.
If you have sent out about thirty or forty resumes without getting interviews, then something is wrong. We all know that institutional recruiting process in Nigeria is broken, however, truly exceptional job-seekers still find a way to crawl through the wreckage of the broken system to still land a good job with a decent salary. Though difficult, but it is not impossible to get a high paying job as a fresh graduate in Nigeria.
You should realize that sending out more applications does not improve your chances of getting invited for an interview. Sending out better applications does. However, most job-seekers keep on repeating the same mistakes with every application they send out. Let us look at some of the reasons why you never get invited for an interview and how you can better work on your application.
1. When your qualifications do not measure up
Every job ad comes with it some set skills and the minimum requirement a potential job seeker must have before he or she can be considered for the job. You may belong to the school of thought that believes luck can land you an interview and so still try to apply anyways. However, you should know that some companies are now in the habit of blacklisting candidates whose qualifications are below their minimum requirement. What this means is that applying for jobs you’re unqualified for can even hurt your chances at future positions with the company.
It is recommended that you only apply for jobs you actually qualify for. Employers want to hire someone who will make their life easier. Make sure you understand the actual duties and challenges of the job and if you can fit perfectly well into the position. Explain how you can stand out on the job and what your past successes can accomplish for them. Make sure the employer can decode the added value that you can bring to the job. These should be described in such a way as to highlight their relevance to the challenges of the job.
2. You were screened out by an automated system
Most medium and large business have continued to embrace the automated online recruitment software. With thousand of job-seekers submitting applications, it is only reasonable for businesses to decide to automate the recruitment process. It is only unfortunate that you were screened out by the automated system because the language in your resume did not match the stated job requirements. Perhaps you have only one format of resume that you send for all your job applications.
You must finetune your resume to each job applications. You should not be applying for tens of jobs with the same resume language. Read the job description and requirements and make sure your resume reasons along the same line with them. This is the only way to pass through the automated recruitment system.
3. Your cover letter was not up to standard
In Nigeria, some job-seekers even send in applications without including a cover letter. You should know that a cover letter is as important as the resume. The cover letter allows you to target the job and the employer in a very specific way. In other words, the cover letter gives you the opportunity to “sell” yourself to the employer. A well-written cover letter is capable of giving your application a big boost.
Ensure that your cover letter clearly illustrates why you should be considered for the job. Tailor it to each specific job and let it show that you are highly motivated to take on the job. Use keywords from the job posting and edit it thoroughly before sending.
4. Your online image damaged your candidacy.
Social Media is a tool that is highly beneficial and that can make or mar an individual. There is a common saying among web enthusiasts that “the internet never forgets.”
We live in an age where what you do in your little corner is not private anymore. Social Media has bridged boundaries and has made sure that your life story is now in the public realm.
What you post online can affect your candidacy. Employers now conduct thorough online and background checks on potential employees. You should know that before you are invited for an interview, some employers would have gathered all the information the need about you. In a world powered by information technology, this is even simpler than ever. You can just conduct a simple Google search of your name to understand that what you thought were private are not really that unknown to those willing to find it and it will take just minutes to unearth them.
Take a look at all your Social Media handles, and delete any picture or anything that might damage your image. Perform a Google search of your name and check through the first 2-3 pages of the result. Perform a Social Media audit of your profiles today and you just might start getting interview invites.
5. The employer is no longer committed to hiring.
Sometimes, it might not just be your fault. Business might have slowed down and the employer is no longer committed to hiring. Also, uncertainty about funding may have just delayed the whole recruitment process. These scenarios are widespread in Nigeria with some business delaying recruitment process for up to 1 year.
6. There are stronger candidates.
This may be a hard pill to swallow but your application might have been rejected just because there were other better candidates. You might have an impressive track record, but the other candidates might just be well-suited for the job. This does not mean you should give up hope. Continue to improve in your deficient areas and you may just get that one breakthrough.