These Are The Reasons Your Resume Isn't Getting Any Follow Up
You’ve now applied for 5+ jobs with no luck. Every application always results in radio silence from the recruiter. What could be wrong? What do you need to change to start landing interviews?
As a job board, we engage both job seekers and recruiters every single day and we believe the problem lies in your resume. Here’s what we think;
- You haven’t been following Employer’s instructions
Every aviation job posting comes with detailed instructions on the kind of employee the employer is looking for. For instance, some job postings state very clearly that the resume should be submitted in PDF, accompanied by a cover letter.
If this is the case and you send your resume as an MS Word file without an accompanying cover letter, don’t expect to hear from the recruiter.
Why? Because there’s a reason for these instructions! If a recruiter is requesting for resumes in PDF form, maybe they’ve had bad experiences with MS Word resumes in the past. Secondly, employers also use job application instructions to determine how well candidates follow directions. Failure to fully follow the instructions could therefore right out disqualify you.
- You’re applying for jobs you under/over qualify for
In aviation particularly, employers want to give the job to someone who perfectly fits the position. If certain qualities make you under or over-qualified, your application is likely to be rejected.
The two areas of the resume a recruiter will look at to determine if you’re under or over-qualified for a job are your education and experience. If an airline is looking for a captain, for example, 1,500 flight hours would not be enough, meaning your application would be rejected. To avoid such situations, ensure to apply only for jobs that you’re qualified for. If for some reason you decide to apply for a job you’re overqualified for, emphasize your desire to work in that position and at that company.
- Lack of substance/quantifiable value
This is actually the number one reason many CVs get no follow up especially in competitive industries like aviation. In these industries, results are vital. When filling a position, employers want to be 100% convinced that you’ll deliver.
To this end, any CV that doesn’t include impact statements is likely to be tossed aside. If your resume simply lists your educational background and the companies you’ve worked at, you’re almost guaranteed to not hear from the recruiter.
The only way to put yourself in the game is to include specific achievements – backed with figures. Don’t just state how you led a cross-functional team through a strategic improvement project, go on to explain the impact of that change. If it helped the company save $10,000 in operational costs, that’s something your prospective employers would be excited about.
- The competition can be fierce
Being one of the most lucrative industries at the moment, aviation job postings attract many, many applications. In 2016, Australian flag carrier, Qantas received over 500 applications for just a few pilot positions! When you’re up against such competition, your odds of getting a call are significantly reduced.
Once you have your resume where it needs to be, whether you are looking for a Pilot position, mechanic position or any of the many positions that are unique to the aviation industry, increasing your resume’s exposure to hiring employers is the logical next step. That’s where Aviation JobNet can help connect your resume and jobseeker profile to hiring employers. Please login today and ensure that you and your resume are getting the visibility in the aviation industry that it deserves.