You’re A Rockstar And Your Application Was Ignored

So you applied to a job you knew you were qualified for and never heard back? Join the club. There are too many articles out there about what you should and should not do when writing a resume so I thought I would give you a fast review of the process and the “don’ts” so you get to the next step.

First of all, assuming you are qualified for the position, one big reason when you apply to jobs and never hear back from the employer could be the following.

  1. When you apply to a job, your resume is routed through the employer’s ATS (applicant tracking system). The ATS is designed to assist the hiring managers when they get too many applications and need help screening the many candidates in or out. It’s not a perfect system, but it serves a purpose. This machine learning uses algorithms to screen out “unqualified” applicants by reading keywords to be sure it matches the job description, reading the number of keywords and how they are placed in the resume, the resume structure, dates or missing dates, and more. Rockstars sometimes don’t even land on the recruiter, or hiring manager’s desk to be considered. If this is you, then you won’t hear back from the employer because they never saw you in the first place.
  2. Your resume should not have any of the below red flag “triggers” when it is read by a recruiter so you advance to the next steps.

According to The Ladders in a recent study, recruiters spend about 6 seconds reviewing your resume. I have been in recruiting for 20 years and find that study ludicrous. I spend at least 8 – 10 seconds reviewing a resume. Here’s what recruiters look for.

  • Company and Job titles – That title should be relevant to what you are applying for.
  • Gaps in the resume – dates don’t match up? Recruiters notice!
  • Currently employed – be sure to explain this.
  • Spelling errors? Immediate knock out material!
  • Age is discriminatory but they still do it. Leave your graduation date off if it’s not too recent.
  • Education – if you don’t put your degree next to your school, recruiters may assume you didn’t earn a degree.
  • Add your month and year for each job. When you only put the year for each job recruiters assume you are hiding gaps in employment.
  • Similar matching keywords and skills that are in the job description.
  • Job hopping – they don’t like instability.
  • Length of resume. One page is best.

Did that take 6 seconds to read? Probably not but that’s how long it takes your average recruiter to review the above items in your resume each time you apply to a job. It’s not pretty but at least get the “knock out” factors above correct so you can advance to the next steps.

The Sales Club ( is a job platform that recognizes the challenges job seekers face and sends their resumes directly into the hands of the employer. In addition we know being left in the dark sucks so we give you updates on your application along the way. Whatever we know you know. If you are in sales or looking to get into sales come visit us!

Jonathan Samuels

Hey I’m Jonathan. I created The Sales Club ( and love talent acquisition! I have 20 years of recruiting experience and innovation. I like to work out, watch silly TV shows and maybe have a slice of pizza to break up my healthy eating habits. I hope you enjoy my blog page. Please share them with your friends!

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