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Why you aren’t getting a response to your job applications

Spending all your time sending out job applications and not receiving a response? Frustrating, isn’t it? Robbie Bannatyne, who heads up our big data & analytics desk in Dubai tells us why this might be happening, and what you can do to increase your chances of getting a response.

Since moving from oil and gas recruitment to the Digital Gurus brand, I’ve embraced the way DG do things differently. But although the industries are worlds apart, the same problems persist. Trying to deal with the sheer volume of applications is the Achilles heel of recruiters, no matter what industries they operate in.

Now I completely understand the frustrations of candidates who continually apply for roles without ever hearing any response back – I’ve been there myself. In an ideal world, the effort candidates put into applying for roles would at least be rewarded with a considered response.

Here’s the thing though – I’ve received over 1000 applications for a role I’m currently recruiting for and that’s just one out of the many jobs I’ve been given by our high profile clients this month. Out of those applications, not even 1% fit the basic criteria set out by my client for the role. In fact, I’ve only found two needles from that haystack of applications. As you can probably imagine, there often aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, so we have to use our time as wisely as possible.

It is a real shame when a candidate doesn’t review the basic criteria and sends their CV anyway, as this can actually do more harm than good. This sends a message to the recruiter that you haven’t done your research, you aren’t serious about the opportunity and you are essentially ‘spamming’ your CV to any job you possibly can. Commenting ‘interested’ on a LinkedIn post just isn’t going to cut it. We are looking for candidates to be proactive – find my email address and send me your CV with some key information about yourself and why you think you’re suitable for the role – you’ll be surprised at how much more effective that can be.

There are plenty of bright, capable candidates applying for roles with us and we want to give them the best chance possible of securing an appropriate role. So here’s three things to consider before you click APPLY.

Have you checked the job description thoroughly?

It’s important that you check what the minimum requirements for a role are. Let’s say, for example, that a business intelligence manager role requires a candidate with Qlikview experience and a background in telecommunications. In very simple terms, if you don’t have the appropriate experience, it would be a waste of your time to apply for this particular role.

Make sure key words are clearly written on your CV.

When I receive 1000 applications for a role, I’m sure you can appreciate that it’s simply not possible to sit and read each one thoroughly. Instead, I will carry out key word searches to find the candidates who do have ‘Qlikview’ and ‘telecommunications’ experience and these will be the ones that receive a thorough review. If you don’t have this listed on your CV, unfortunately you wouldn’t be considered.

Go above and beyond.

Assuming you meet the appropriate criteria, if you really feel like a job is right for you, why not go above and beyond the usual application process? Make yourself stand out and show me what you can do.

Demand for positions in the Middle East is at an all-time high, with applicants from every corner of the globe. Digital Gurus are constantly looking for the very best digital talent who are looking for that next challenge. Please use the advice above to give yourself the best possible chance of a call back. If you don’t hear from us, it likely means you were unsuccessful on this occasion, but it doesn’t mean there won’t be a more suitable role for you in the future, so click here to keep an eye on our latest roles in the Middle East.

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