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Still looking after 89 applications

Question :

After applying for almost 89 companies, I accidentally came across your forum. I am permanent resident in HK and studying Information Technology. I am about to complete my associate degree and then will start bachelors. I have two years experience in research field. Due to some reason I had to leave the job in June 2013 and from that day onwards I am applying for job and none of the companies reply back.

I am losing hope now. I have no idea what the reason could be as I am applying to all English speaking jobs. And I am applying mostly to researching field as I have 2 yrs experience in that and IT.

Posted by AK on Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014

Comments :

Mark Enticott - Career Doctor

Posted Monday 17th March 2014 10:41:00 PM


I appreciate that applying for jobs and not receiving any feedback on why you have not been successful is very frustrating for you. There are a number of suggestions that will assist you get better success with your job applications and secure an interview. The first thing to review is your CV. It is important that your CV is clear and concise, as this is key in securing an interview. You should review your CV as if you were the employer and be honest to yourself on how it looks and what needs to be improved. There are many different ways you can present your CV and I would recommend that you do some online research for different formats that would be relevant for your skills or industry to which you are applying into. The second thing you must consider are the jobs you are applying to. When reviewing an ad and determining if you should send in your application, it is important that you have all the requirements outlined. Additionally, if you are applying directly to a company, I would recommend that you follow up on your application within a week of application. I believe this should be by phone and not email as it will help demonstrate that you are keen on the role and if you talk to the person looking after the applications, you have a fantastic opportunity to impress them and make your application stand out from the rest. It is important that you use all avenues to identify the right job for yourself. Therefore, you need to be reviewing job boards, talking to specialist recruitment firms and also using social media. In relation to recruitment firms, I suggest that you select a few that you believe are specialists in your area and call the relevant consultant to organise a time to meet with them and discuss your background. Make sure your social media profiles are also up to date and look impressive, as many employers now use social media as a way to identify people for their company. Finally, make sure when you do get an interview you are fully prepared for it. Good luck with your job search.

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