Hundreds Of Resumes And No Response….

Dear RSL,

I’m in the middle of a job search and I have sent out what seems like hundreds of resumes.  Other than a couple of interviews and a handful of emails letting me know I was not being considered, I have not heard
anything.  Is this normal?

Searching for a new position can be daunting and at times a bit frustrating.  You’re doing a lot of work trying to find a new position and would like someone to acknowledge that they’ve at least received your resume.
So why are you not getting a response?  There could be a number of reasons as to why you’re not hearing anything back.  First of all, take a step back and look at the jobs that you are applying for. Look at the job description and what is stated as minimum or basic qualifications.  Do you have the experience and skills that are required for the position?  Or instead of having the qualifications feel that you could do the job and be good at it?  Chances are if you do not have the experience and skills required for the position and instead feel it’s something you’d be good at, only those applicants that do have what the company is looking for will move to step in the process.

Another reason that you might not be getting a response to your resume is because of the sheer number of applicants that are applying.  Take one of the positions that I am currently recruiting on.  It’s an electrical engineer position.  In one day alone I received 25 applications.  It is not unusual for me to be dealing with over 100 applicants or more for a position.   Of the applicants that apply to a position, I will only forward the top candidates to the hiring manager for consideration.  If you’re applying to positions that have a lot of applicants, it might be that your application was received too late to be considered or that there were other applicants more qualified.

While it would be nice to receive some type of notification with every resume that is sent, not all companies are set up to respond to the large number of candidates that have applied.  Also remember that if you haven’t received a response to your resume submittal, it’s okay to follow-up to ensure your application was received and to find out if you’re being considered for the position (

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan Oakes
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 18:46:31

    Hi Billye,

    Good article. Could it also be because recruiters use software and are looking for keywords in resume submitted? Also I think many don’t tailor their resumes and key successes to the job descriptions. What do you think?


  2. Sherryl perry
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 22:13:48

    With an unemployment rate of nearly 16% in the area that I live, it is extremely discouraging to hear of people searching for jobs for months and years and rarely getting a response.Thanks for sharing your insight Billye. It should help many to hear such logical explanations of some of the reasons they’re not getting a response.


  3. Catarina Alexon
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 13:28:32

    Susan has a good point and so does Sherryl. For jobs really in demand, especially in the US actually it’s not unusual that there are thousands of applications.

    Then an assistant search the data base for the keywords and come up with the CV’s that contain the keywords. Then the assistant makes a selection and so forth. So somtimes it’s almost luck if someone is called for an interview.


  4. Jennifer Woodard
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 14:54:19

    Great advice as usual.

    I would like to add that are you sending out the same generic resume for all jobs that you are applying for? Are you taking the time to make sure that your resume meets their needs and showcases your qualifications for the job. Sometimes instead of applying for everything we see, it is better to craft an on target resume for a smaller number of companies and then follow up with those companies. Don’t just send a resume and give up, if you feel the job is for you, go after it and follow up. Maybe even try something creative to get yourself notices.

    Also don’t just send to HR offices, do some research and send to the person you will be actually working with. If they like what they see they will have HR get in touch with you.



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    Aug 13, 2011 @ 19:30:54

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