We know that job hunting can be a discouraging process. Job seekers often ask us: “Why am I not hearing back from employers?”
Localwise is here to help! To get to the bottom of this, we spoke to hundreds of businesses to learn the secrets of landing an interview.
We’ve turned their feedback into a simple checklist that will help you land more interviews. Follow our simple checklist and you'll be sure to have better luck.
✓ Apply to more jobs
Job hunting is a numbers game. The more applications you submit, the more likely you are to find a good fit and hear back. Don’t take it personally when you don’t hear back—there’s a job out there for everyone!
We recommend applying to at least 5 jobs per week.
✓ Mention the business name in your cover letter
Businesses want to know why you are interested in working at their business. Do a little research and then include one or two lines about why you want to work at this specific business.
Be sure to mention the CORRECT business name. (Trust us, that mistake happens.) Want more tips? View even more cover letter tips here!
Spelling and grammar errors are a big red flag to employers because they show carelessness. Before hitting “submit” on your application, make sure to proofread your resume for formatting mistakes and cover letter—and maybe ask a friend do a quick check, too.
Don’t forget to use complete sentences in your cover letter.
✓ Follow the instructions
Here’s a pro tip: employers often hide instructions at the bottom of the job post just to make sure that you actually read the post. Read the entire post and follow the instructions so that your application doesn’t get disqualified.
✓ Update your contact info
If an employer is unable to reach you, you’ll never know if you scored an interview. You should receive a confirmation email after submitting a job on Localwise. If you didn’t, that’s a sign that you might have entered your email incorrectly.
Also, make sure that the contact information on your resume is correct.
✓ Highlight your relevant experience
Employers shouldn’t have to guess if you have directly relevant experience. It’s your job to showcase your relevant experience on your resume and/or cover letter.
Don’t have directly relevant experience? Explain clearly why you think you’d still be a good fit for the job and show that you’re eager to learn.
✓ Apply to local jobs
No one likes a long commute—and employers know that. Before applying for a job, look at the location and make sure that you’ll have reliable transportation to get there.
Don’t forget to highlight your location on your resume so employers know you’re local.
There you have it! A few simple steps to improve your chances of getting an interview. Here are some more resources to help you out:
50 Resume Writing Tips
21 Resume Formatting Tips
12 Cover Letter Tips
15 Job Search Tips
10 Interview Tips
If you follow these tips and still don't hear back from any employers, send us an email and we'll be happy to set up a free review of your applications to give you feedback.