7 mistakes to avoid for a better job application response

Are you applying for job openings and are unable to understand why you are not getting the callback from the recruiter? You have filled all the details and have all the suitable skills, but the job recruiter never calls back. Read this article and avoid the most common mistakes you might be making while applying for a dream job.

As an applicant, when we apply for the job openings at multiple companies by using their career section, or by directly sending the resume on their email, we tend to fail sometimes to understand that why we are not getting noticed? What am I doing wrong? I checked the profile, I had all the necessary skills and now even after repeated emails and calls, I am unable to understand what went wrong? I am sure, this thought might have occurred to you multiple times. Let us break down our strategy from the very start and try to understand, what looks like the correct approach might not the case for the other party which means the recruiter.

1. Assess if you even stand a chance?

As soon as you notice the opening, very first point to consider is the fact that how many openings are there? Sometimes the information is mentioned that there is a number of vacancies. If the number is too less, there are chances that competition will be too high and also if the company is one of the biggest among its peers. In such cases, you have to assess that your resume stands a chance. You have to make it more visible by providing more additional information.

2. Change your resume for a specific job opening

One of the biggest mistakes, we tend to do deliberately is the fact, we send the same copy of the resume to all the job openings if the jobs are same in nature. I agree, they are same but you need to make sure, you are not too casual in your work. In fact, if you will specifically polish your resume by adding the specific keywords and relevant experiences, it will be more likely to come out during the initial screening.

3. Avoid using default names for Resume file or document

Naming your resume as "resume.docx", or "Resume1", "File", "Software Developer Resume" etc is not going to get you through the screening phase. I know I may sound ridiculous but this is true, as I have been on the other end of the screening. Casual naming or forwarded naming in resumes like "Resume_1_copy(1)" etc. are the biggest red flags. It shows that the candidate is not serious enough for the job profile and he or she has applied in hurry without working on the resume. The better naming convention can be "JobRole_Yourname_ExperienceYears". Also, a format which can be opened on any platform is advisable. Like Adobe Acrobat format, as recruiters also tend to use their mobile, when they look at their emails and opening a PDF file is easy for them.

4. An absence of a Motivation or Cover Letter

Most of the time, there are fields like "Cover Letter", which is there for a specific reason. And in a maximum of the cases, this field is left blank. Why? This field is there for a specific reason right? It is okay to leave it, but not advised if you wish to get a callback. Cover letter act as a chance for you to stand out and convince the recruiter that you stand a chance. So make sure, you always write a cover letter and work on it. Always attach it along with your resume, when sending an email.

5. Writing too generic email

When you are contacting the recruiter who gets hundreds of email, how will you make sure, that she or he will read your email? All you did was writing down "Resume for the post of ____" and sent by adding some generic default lines like "Hi, Please find____________". This is a big no. Never ever do that. Instead, always add a subject line like "Job ID:____, Yourname_Experience_Rolename_application". See what I did there? We made sure, when a recruiter is looking at her unread emails, they tend to notice your resume first.

6. Sending too many emails to follow-up

Since you are not the only one who is looking for a job, there are hundreds of candidates, expecting a callback, so be patient in your approach. Have some faith in your capabilities and do not expect an answer the very next day. Give them some time, I mean the recruiter. After all reading and scanning, the emails is not an easy part. Even if they use any software to filter resume, then also they end up having too many emails and job applications to scan through the human eye.

7. Applying for multiple positions in one go

This is the biggest and main reason, why a candidate never hears back. As nowadays, most of the initial screening software for a resume, block the multiple senders, as it looks like a robot, or some automation job, instead of the actual human application. You must have seen sometimes, we have to click on check boxes, "I am not a robot", but when you send or apply for all the positions, like 2-3 roles matched your skill and you clicked, "Apply" on these roles, chances are you are never getting a call back, as you were blocked. This happens very often than you think. So choose wisely when applying through job application platforms.


Start with rectifying these 7 mistakes first, as they will really improve your chances to get through a screening phase, which is the biggest hurdle. Because of these mistakes, the hiring manager actually never gets a chance to call you back, and you keep on wondering what happened. You are a rich experienced candidate, but no one gets to know you better. Follow these practices and start to excel.


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