Guest Author - Dianne Walker
Dealing with the rejection of your resume or after an interview can be very disheartening. In a three part series, we will be discussing how to deal with the rejection of your resume or interview. If youíve been unemployed for awhile and have sent off thousands of resumes with very little response, your ego may be severely deflated. Long periods of unemployment require a different coping mechanism in order to maintain a healthy attitude and continued motivation. In part one of the series we will discuss handling the long silence following the submission of your resume.
If youíre like many unemployed workers, youíve probably sent your resume to hundreds of employers and experienced zero response to your submissions. According to statistics, you will probably be rejected by 95 percent of the employers that you submit your resume to. If youíve blindly submitted your resume to employers, the percentage may be higher. This type of rejection can often leave you feeling worthless. The lack of response can lead to self-esteem issues and depression.
One tactic to use in order to combat the silence, is to keep track of your resume submissions. If you have not heard back from a company in a respectable amount of time, follow up. Almost 99 percent of applicants never follow up on their resume submission. They assume that their resume is sitting off somewhere in a circular file or is buried deep under the weight of hundreds of other resumes. By following up with the employer, you may actually get your resume looked at. While this may not get you a job interview if the skills donít match, your resume will at least be looked at. It will also show that you want the job enough to follow up on its status. If a job ad draws thousands of resumes, the recruiter ends up looking for disqualification reasons rather then reasons to hire the applicant. If you get through to the recruiter who pulls your resume, you can respond to any questionable information your resume contains.
How do you cope if you continue to receive complete silence from employers? Itís important that you don't take it personally. The hiring managers have no idea who you are, all they know are the words on a piece of paper detailing your career history. Your rejection may not have anything to do with your ability to do the job.
Reasons for company silence:
- If your resume was delivered via snail mail, it could have been damaged in transit. The employer will not contact you for a copy.
-If your resume was submitted via an on-line resume application. Depending upon the software, the transmitted information develops a weird output that may be unreadable.
- The job advertisement was inaccurate and may have been pulled. Employers do not print retractions.
- A relative of a company executive needed a job. Guess who will get the position?
These four situations alone prove how important it is to follow up on your resume submission.
Join us next time when we discuss part two of the series on how to handle deal with rejection during the interview.