Have you been submitting job applications and not hearing anything back? It’s frustrating isn’t it? It happens to everyone at some point or another for a variety of reasons. The competition could be tough, the employer may not have enough staff to manage responses to everyone, the technology or applicant tracking system could have rejected your application due to a formatting issue or lack of a keyword. There are an unlimited number of reasons for the silence but how you deal with it is what matters.

Here are 3 tips to make the most of the silence after applying for a job:

  1. Follow-up. Try to identify the hiring manager and use LinkedIn to send him/her an email restating your interest and qualifications for the position. If you can’t identify the hiring manager connect with the HR department directly.
  2. Review your resume. Again. And again. Pay particular attention to key words used in job descriptions and make sure your resume reflects those words as well.
  3. Stay positive and keep applying. Do not take it personally that you did not receive a response.  Your qualifications may not have matched what was actually needed so you can move on and focus on a job that is a much better fit for you.

Finding a job is a job. And just like a job, there are going to be ups and downs. The goal is to work through them and try to learn from them. What tips do you have to work through the silence after applying for a job?

Nancy Manley

About Nancy Manley


Nancy enjoys helping people find a job that makes them feel complete. She thrives on sharing information that helps candidates become successful employees and engaged workers.