I always encourage job seekers to aim for a 20% response rate in the job search. eg. If you send 10 resumes, you should get two phone calls. If you do 5 interviews; you should get 1 offer.
Basically, job searching, especially in a bad economy, boils down to numbers.
Many factors impact the employers’ response — from the bad economy to whether or not a recruiter perceives you to be a fit” for the position. Clearly, some things you have no control over. Some things you do.
One simple, but major way to influence your call back rate? Follow the application instructions posted by the employer!
Many HR offices screen applications for completeness, before sending resumes on to Hiring Managers.
Here are some of the often overlooked supporting items that a job announcement might ask for:
– cover letter
– names of references
– letter of reference
– copy of unofficial transcript
– certificate or license
– completed job application
– writing sample
– work samples
Improve your chance of making it past the first screening, by following the instructions. Use a checklist to help you!