/ Asked by rannu
Hi, I am applying for jobs since 8 months, but no getting any responses. I have tried all my networks, reached out recruiters via LinkedIn, attend career fairs, applying on companies websites, but nothing seems to work. I am confident about my skills, but wondering what I am lacking. Any advice is highly appreciated. Thanks
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
It’s great that you’re getting yourself out there and getting that face to face interaction at career fairs and using all of your outlets. I would recommend brushing up your resume and find areas you can highlight with your previous work experience and community involvement. It might be helpful to ask a friend or current/former colleague to look it over as well. When applying for jobs, your resume and/or cover letter are the first thing recruiters see so it’s important that those documents are flawless and highlight your work experience. Having a strong and flawless resume will help you to stand out among other applicants. When attending career fairs, I would brush up on your knowledge of the companies that will be attending. It’s important to a recruiter that you have an understanding of the business you are applying to. The more knowledge you have on a company, the more you will stand out.
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My first question to you is: How many jobs a day are you applying for? Most people are surprised to learn that they should be applying for 30 jobs a day in this economy. That second question that I would ask is: What kinds of jobs are you applying for? Make sure that you are applying for jobs that you are truly qualified for. I find that many people only apply for a few jobs a day and they only apply to their dream jobs at their dream companies. I always suggest broadening your scope and think about jobs that you may not have thought of for yourself before. For example, let’s say that your dream job is to be in corporate manager, but you are not getting any interviews for these positions. I would suggest applying for retail management. You will gain many desirable traits (people management, sales, marketing, industry knowledge, accounting, supply chain management, customer service, etc...) in this position that you can take to another position.
I also like to break it down like this: tier one job’s and tier two jobs. Your tier one jobs are the ones that you are most attracted to. These are the jobs that you will spend the most time on, making a customized cover letters, being very careful to fill out long applications just right, and the ones that you will follow-up on. Your tier two jobs are the ones that you spend less time on that you can fast apply to. Try these approaches and I bet you will start getting some interviews and offers! I wish you all the best in your search!
Nell
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, September 12, 2014
I am sure that it is frustrating, but be paitient, and most importantly, continue to be persistent.  Sometimes you have to take a step back and evaluate the types of jobs that you are applying for and the job market in which the jobs to which you are applying reside.  All companies have different job titles and although it may appear that you are applying to jobs that are commensurate with your experience, you may in fact not be.  It may also be a simple issue of supply and demand.  You could be in a job market where there is an ample supply of people with your skills, but a small number of jobs.  It may be incumbent upon you to be more flexible in your preferred location and job level.  It is not uncommon for someone to move to a new place to gain some experience and a few years later, come back to your preferred location, but this time with significantly more experience.

Just remember that a job search is a marathon, not a sprint.  Keep at it, try different approaches, never give up and eventually your persistence will pay off.  
Answered by Patti, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
It sounds like you are doing all the right things. A job search does take time and finding the right job that matches your skills and passion requires even more time. I would continue to review job boards, searches and companies you might be interested in. Linked in is a great resource to stay connected to.

Thanks!
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