Posted in Career Growth, Early Career, Unemployment

Series – Take Control for the Search: When there is no response

actionI am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies. – Larry Bossidy

You have applied directly onto their website … you have responded to their LinkedIn post … you have contacted the company or the recruiter directly … you have prayed and waited … and waited … and waited … and no response.

It is agony!

One of the greatest negative impacts of unemployment on people is psychological. Yes, the money is an issue, but the psychological impact is far greater, far tougher to resolve and can be a key barrier to future interviews and even employment.

As more people join the digital world globally, and as more people are open to working and living internationally, and with emphasis on ‘personal branding’ … it is hard to see the difference between those who are authentic and those who are not.

Adding on to that, we are living times with ‘seemingly’ more supply than demand for jobs and when this happens, power ‘seemingly’ shifts from candidates to recruiters and employers. I say seemingly because it is a perception and not backed by data yet.


Instead, I want you to ask yourself two questions:

  1. Does the job and your skills and experiences absolutely match?
  2. If you got the job tomorrow, would you absolutely agree irrespective of the pay?

If the answer to both of the above is yes, then the company’s lack of response is an indicator of their organizational culture or reliance on external recruiters and not your credentials and strengths as a candidate for people are key to a successful organization.

If the answer to both of the above is no, refine your job search objectives to align with your goals and strengths and take steps to make that happen, whether it is to refine your resume or change your approach and job search strategy.



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