I am applying for work diligently. I am taking charge of my job search on my own and am very proud. As an experienced AZ Driver, I know there is definitely a great job and company out there. I have been sending resumes and applications on Kijiji, Craigslist, Monster.ca, Workopolis, and the Job Bank to name a few.
All day long I am on the computer at the library and at home applying for jobs and creating and posting profiles as they are requesting. The only trouble is that I am not receiving any responses other than the occasional email which acknowledges receipt of my application.
Please help me figure out what is wrong.
Thanks very much.
Signed: A serious computer job seeker (ASCJS)
I congratulate you on your efforts and time and commitment to finding employment in your field. You sound like a talented job seeker who would make any employer happy to have onboard.
According to my esteemed and leading JVS colleague and Job Developer and job coach par excellence, Linda Conforzi, who has been helping people succeed with employment for over 10 years, you need to expand your job search methods. “People think that internet is the only job search tool”, comments Linda, based on her observations and experience working with unemployed and underemployed people from diverse communities. Linda suggests that when you are driving around, or walking or taking the transit, look for trucks on the road, write their telephone/email number and then call them. Yes, cold call…”I do it every day”, she said. “What is the worst thing that could happen? The employer could hang up or they are not hiring”, she adds.
Linda also observes that, after not hearing from an employer after a couple of weeks of applying for work, job searchers tend to assume that the job is filled and no longer available, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Linda points out that not all businesses hire in the same way or at the same speed. Job seeker can clarify this by calling the employer.
For example, she posits, some job postings are designed to be filled at a later date. The employer might be merely gathering resumes but does not intend to start interviewing for another month. Every situation and posting has a unique method of recruitment. Therefore, Linda strongly recommends, that candidates FOLLOW UP. “The phone is your friend”, confirms Linda. She adds that you never know when the employer intends to review the resumes, confirm interview appointments and then do the actual hiring. Linda is adamant that the job seeker pick up the phone and call the employer after he or she applies for the job. This applies with recruiters as well. Some of the postings have the name of the employer; some do not. Either way, the job seeker can find out some critical information as to the status of his or her application. Who knows, you may even be complimented on your initiative which goes a long way to making a good impression!
I hope that help answer your questions, ASCJS. Keep going with your job search. It WILL eventually pay off.