Have you ever:
- Sent an email to a recruiter… and never heard back?
- Applied for a job… and never heard back?
- Interviewed… and never heard back?
Let’s face it, the answer is a resounding “YES” to all of the above. Don’t be shy. We have all been there. Even the best of us have struggled in our job searches. And that’s ok! So many times, I get asked “What did I do wrong?”
I can sum it up into one word: PRESENTATION. This applies to anything and everything involved in an interview process.
Imagine the following scenario. You email a recruiter, “Hi there, I’m intrested in the sales postion your posted on LinkedIn. Selling SaaS software is my life, and I can’t wait to here from you!” What’s wrong with this? You want me to believe you’re great at what you do if you can’t use spell check? Your crazy. (See what I did there? :))
Let’s try another scenario. You sent your resume into the “resume black hole”. Why didn’t you get a call back? I can go on and on and on about reasons why you didn’t. But, let me list the most common. 1) You weren’t a fit for the role. Did you read the job description? Do you have the required hard skills? 2) Your resume says another company’s name in the Objective. “I want to help build NOT-YOUR-COMPANY’S brand to it’s potential.” Great, good luck with that! 3) No contact information. Surprised? Don’t be. A lot of times, candidates do not provide a good phone number or email address for us to reach them. If we can’t reach you, how can you be considered for the role?
Ok, one more. You got the call back! Congrats! You interviewed with the team, thought it went well, and… nothing. I will say that it is NEVER ok for a recruiter/company to not provide you with an update to your candidacy. But what could have possibly gone wrong? You thought you had it in the bag! Again, PRESENTATION. Did you research the company? Were you an off-the-wall bundle of energy interviewing at an old-school, play-by-the-rules corporation? Did you wear jeans and a t-shirt to a super formal workplace? Perhaps your thoughts were all over the place, or maybe you were a nervous wreck.
The moral of the story is: presentation. Be diligent with you who present to your potential future employer. How do you want them to see you? What kind of person do you want them to view you as? What is it they will gain by hiring you?
As always… head up, chin down! Good luck!