HELP! I’ve applied to a bunch of positions and haven’t heard back. Why not?

Feeling stuck with your job or internship search?  Have you applied to a lot of positions, but just aren’t hearing back?  If so, it’s time take a step back, assess, and regroup before the end of the year.

There are a few reasons why you may not be getting the type of response that you’re hoping for:

  • Is your resume up to par?  The average recruiter or hiring manager spends 6 seconds reading a resume, so you literally have just seconds to make a lasting impression and make sure your resume lands in the “Yes” pile as opposed to the “Rejected” stack.  Your resume should be targeted to the types of positions you’re applying to (yes, this means you may have more than one version of your resume!), and it needs to be free of grammatical and formatting errors.
  • Are you actively networking and trying to make connections within the companies you’re applying to?  Think about how many other candidates can see a position when it’s posted online…a LOT!  Making connections within companies goes a long way towards getting your resume noticed.  Ideally, you should try to make a connection with a Bentley alumni or other professional in a role comparable to what you’re applying to, in addition to trying to connect with a Human Resources professional.
  • Are you applying to extremely competitive positions?  That’s great – aim for the stars!  But be realistic too.  Do you have the relevant experience that the employer is seeking? Do you meet the minimum GPA requirement?  Make sure you’re applying to positions that are within reach.

Usually, when students are applying to a lot of positions and not getting any response, it’s a combination of the above. Come visit the Career Development Center for assistance!

By MaryEllen Ryan
MaryEllen Ryan Senior Associate Director, Undergraduate Career Development, Pulsifer Career Development Center