Understand why your job search is failing

Have you ever wondered why one company called you for an interview and another one did not? Have you ever sat back and calculated the applications results you are getting every time you apply? Have you analyzed these results? If not, why? If yes, what did you learn from your applications results?

Let us presuppose that your CV is written in an excellent manner, totally tailor made for the job for which you are applying for. Your success, i.e. the call for interview, would depend upon the following:

  • How many of your qualifications and education match with the requirements of the job?
  • How much of your expertise matches with what the job entails?
  • Your CVs length and past type of experience ?
  • The way your CV has been drafted - language, presentation, style
  • The visual impact of your CV at the first glance - neatness, font size, highlighting, readability, etc?
  • Overall compatibility with the company's goals and direction

Now, the application result would depend upon how many of the above really click with the recruiterhttp://www.cvtips.com/recruiter_contact.html'>recruiter, your CV would be short listed or rejected. In case your CV makes a great first impression, the recruiter would like to meet you to know more about you and there would be a call for interview. If not, the story is over.

On an average, applications results would be like for every 10 applications 8 would be rejected. Only two get the call for interview. This does not, in any way, reflect upon your capabilities and/ or your CV per se. These are the normal odds that you would meet with any of your applications.

The 20% success odds are normal. Sometimes, even when everything is perfect, the call for interview goes to that person who is able to create the best impression which often is due to something that goes beyond the required credentials but which show a promising attitude/cohesiveness with the job or company


There are times when the recruiter would look for certain things such as how long you stayed with your previous employment, whether you had multi-tasked before, whether you have trained on anything new in the recent past, etc - even if you match exactly to the present requirements. Sometimes, even after the vacancy had been advertised, the candidate might be chosen from among the channels of the hidden markets.

Hence, it is not always easy to 'guess' the outcome and as the saying goes, 'You should always hope for the best and prepare for the worst.' The best way to prepare for the worst is to take into consideration the 2:10 ratio of applications results and apply accordingly. Your success, your call for interview, would then depend upon your continuous efforts in this direction.