Below we have highlighted five of the most common reasons why you may not be getting job interviews.

Looking for a new job can be time-consuming and not to mention, very stressful. If you’re applying for countless jobs but still find that you’re not being invited to interviews, it’s probably time to evaluate why this could be. Sometimes it’s something as simple as not taking the time to write a cover letter and other times, the answer might not be so obvious.

Below we have highlighted five of the most common reasons why you may not be getting job interviews.

You jump from job to job

Recruitment can be a long and costly process so naturally, employers want candidates who show commitment. If you’re in the habit of changing jobs frequently, this can be off-putting to companies because they don’t want to spend thousands of pounds just for you to leave after a couple of months.

If your CV is a bit jumpy, there are a number of ways you can work around this. Focus on what you have gained from your experience – the benefit of job hopping is that employees are good at doing lots of different jobs and will have extended their skillset.

You’ve been unemployed for a long time

When you’ve been out of work for a long time, it can be very difficult to find employment. If months have gone by and you still don’t have a job, try to maximise all the different job hunting methods available to you.

Register with recruitment agencies, apply to roles via online job boards, optimise your LinkedIn profile, attend networking events and approach companies directly. Also try to fill the time you’re unemployed with activities which will add value to your CV, such as charity work.

You’re overqualified 

It’s hard to believe that being overqualified could ever be a bad thing but unfortunately, it often leads to assumptions from employers. They may worry that you’ll be expensive, you will move on quickly or you will get bored.

Make it clear in your cover letter that you understand the job on offer and why you’re applying for it. Perhaps you’re choosing less responsibility in favour of a better work-life balance or you quite simply preferred the role you had before you were promoted.

You haven’t tailored your CV

If you’re applying to lots of jobs, it’s tempting to use a standard template. The problem with this is that you’re not telling employers why you would be good for the role. It’s important to tailor your CV to include the skills required and take out anything that’s irrelevant.

Spelling and grammar mistakes 

Your CV is the first and only thing that a potential employer has to judge you on so it’s important to get it right. If your resume is littered with mistakes, this sends out the message that you couldn’t even be bothered to check it through – an approach that companies worry you might take with your work as well.

If you would like help finding your next role, please feel free to contact Alpha and we will be more than happy to help.