Top Five Reasons You Never Hear Back After Applying for a Job

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Click through for five reasons you're not hearing back after submitting a resume, as well as five steps you can take to avoid the resume black hole, as identified by Meghan M. Biro, writing for

People often wonder why they never hear anything back after they hit ‘send’ on the email with a resume attached or on the online job application. If you’re very lucky, you might have a preliminary email exchange with a recruiter and then never hear from them again. It’s a depressing experience, and one that also casts a shadow on the hiring company’s reputation. So why does it happen? Is it you, is it them, or is it just something every candidate must prepare for in the hiring process?

An oft-cited recruiter’s complaint is that as many as 50 percent of people applying for a given job simply aren’t qualified. Adding to the challenge, most large companies – and many smaller ones – use talent-management software to screen resumes, weeding out up to 50 percent of applicants before a human even looks at a resume or cover letter. The deck is definitely stacked against the job seeker. So how do you break through?

Writing for, Meghan M. Biro, a globally recognized leader in talent strategy and founder of TalentCulture, identifies her top five reasons you’re not hearing back after applying for a job, with five suggestions for ways to avoid the resume black hole. See how avoiding these resume roadblocks can help you move your career forward.


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