Imagine how long your job search would take if after every job you applied for, you stopped and waited to hear back before applying for another one.
One of the most frustrating aspects of a job search is the not knowing- not knowing if you will be one of the most qualified applicants, not knowing if you will be selected for an interview, not knowing if you will hear anything at all after submitting your application. While it would be nice to be able to count on getting a response from a potential employer even if you aren’t selected for hire, the more likely scenario is that you will hear nothing at all.
If you don’t hear back, don’t take it personally, and don’t let it bring your job search to a halt. Applying for a position, even if you think it could be the perfect job for you, should not mean the end of your search. No matter how much hope you put into any one particular job you apply for, the only sure way you know it’s time to end your search is if you are offered the job. Otherwise, keep looking and keep applying.
There are many reasons why you might not hear back from an employer when you apply for a job, and you may never know what the exact reason is. Just know that it’s pretty normal, and you’re not the only one who isn’t receiving a response.
In reality, an employer could receive hundreds of resumes for a single open position, and it would be nearly impossible for them to spend time carefully reviewing and then responding to each resume they receive. If you weren’t qualified for the job, had a poorly formatted resume, submitted a resume with errors, or didn’t include keywords from the job posting, your resume may have been quickly passed over. Even if you were considered, employers may not take the time to send a response if you weren’t ultimately selected for an interview.
If it has been a while since you applied and you haven’t heard anything, it can’t hurt to follow up with a quick inquiry. You may find that you are in the running but the process is taking longer than expected, or they may have moved forward with the interview process and you weren’t selected.
While it can get discouraging not hearing back from companies you apply to, don’t let that affect the quality of your job search. You can’t let up on the amount of effort you put into it because you know you might not hear back. Instead, go into your search prepared for this reality, and keep applying until you receive