Why You Haven’t Heard Back on a Job You’re Perfect For

By Joyce Bethoney on May 04, 2017

“Genius does what it must, talent does what it can.” Edward Bulwer-Lytton

One of the most frustrating realities of looking for a new job is applying for a role you think you are perfect for, and then never hearing back. 

While every situation is different, here are three of the most common reasons why your phone might not be ringing…

Right experience, wrong industry. I hear from many a jobseeker, “I have all of the qualifications included in the job description! Why am I not hearing back on this?” Here is one possible scenario. If you are a senior-level social media manager at a nonprofit and apply for a Director of Social Media role at a large financial institution, odds are slim that you’ll get a call back. From my experience, hiring managers want people with experience in the same, or at least a similar, industry. Does this mean you can never change industries? Absolutely not. But be prepared for your search to take longer, a lateral rather than an upward move and more scrutiny around why you are right for a role in an industry that is not represented on your resume.

The “I’m sorry…and you are?” resume/LinkedIn profile. Be concise and specific about what you do in your resume, LinkedIn profile, and any other online/offline representation of your background. If you are too vague about your experience and skillset, hiring managers and recruiters will likely skip over you. Employers seeking great talent want specificity. They want to quickly understand what you do and if you match their criteria. This isn’t to say that you should “niche” yourself right out of a host of viable roles, but if you’re not clear on the sweet spot of your capabilities and skillset, you’ll likely get lost in the shuffle of worthy candidates.  

Too much fluff. Keep it short. Keep it sweet. Keep it simple. Don’t overinflate your roles and responsibilities. Your resume should be a snapshot of your experience and critical day-to-day functions. Everyone considers themselves hardworking, efficient and, in my area of recruiting, creative. Assume those are givens. Focus on the tangible attributes and accomplishments that make you stand out.

The time it takes to look for a new job is precious. Be honest with yourself and your future employer(s) about the roles you are appropriate for, and put forth the effort it takes to develop a resume, LinkedIn profile and portfolio that clearly showcase what you can do.


Joyce Bethoney is Director of Recruiting at Communications Collaborative, a Boston-based creative and marketing staffing firm.

The Best Advice I Can Give Jobseekers

By Joyce Bethoney on February 17, 2015

When I meet new people and tell them I’m a recruiter, I’m so often asked, “What’s the best advice you can give to someone looking for a new job?”

Since I recruit for a very niche market—advertising, marketing, creative and interactive—most of my advice is specific to those industries. However, since it comes up so often, I thought I would share what I consider advice that is applicable to all jobseekers.

Some of this may seem random. Some of this may seem obvious. But, believe me, if it’s on the list, it’s because I’ve found it to be a piece of advice that is NOT obvious to everyone... 


Why Candidates Have the Upper Hand in Today's Hiring Market

By Joyce Bethoney on April 23, 2014

When a candidate you fall in love with passes on your offer, it is a hard pill to swallow. Recruiting takes time and effort and getting everyone on board with one person is no small feat. But this is the current hiring market. Great candidates have many great opportunities. And if your company thinks it is the only fish in a top performer’s sea, think again.

This is tricky for clients because, as we all know, the value of a good hire to a company is beyond measure. As JP Morgan CEO, Jamie Dimon, once said, “One of the biggest expenses a company makes is hiring people, particularly hiring the wrong people.” 

So, when it comes to increasing the likelihood of getting the hire you really want, what can you do?


Go Back to Basics to Land Your Next Job

By Mary Truslow on August 27, 2013

Looking for a job can be overwhelming. And the volume of information and conflicting advice doesn’t help. Experts, your friends, the Internet— everyone has an opinion about everything from networking to salary negotiation. And with so much information, it’s not only confusing for jobseekers, but for hiring managers, as well.

So, what is the best approach when looking for a new job? We recommend tuning out the chatter and going back to basics. Read More...

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