What happened to my job applications?

by AskSage

Hello Sage,

I’m a former CFO for a large IT company, have sent out 6,000+ job applications over the last 22 months, yet have only heard back from a dozen or so companies. Most of them simply thanked me for submitting my résumés and few invited me to an interview (needless to say, none of them offered me a position).

My question is: What do you believe happened to all these job applications? Are they being read? Do they disappear in cyberspace?

Respectfully, Ken


Dear Ken,

First of all, I’m very sorry for your experience, which unfortunately has become the new norm for most of our peers. On average, hiring authorities and recruiters today receive more than 3,000 job applications for every advertised senior-level-executive position. Nobody can sort through this onslaught of data.

Most recruiters then sort through these by ‘boiling it down’ via electronic key word search, so they end up with some 100 (0.03% of all submitted) résumés.

They then read the first (electronically formatted) paragraphs of each of these résumés, to find out if the summary of qualifications meets what the client company is looking for. Then they narrow it down quickly to half of that (50/0.016%), so it becomes a more manageable ‘mass’.

Of these 50, they typically are not interested in interviewing more than 15 or so via telephone (0.005%) and it’s only those who normally get some sort of notification. The rest goes into/stays in one big database…

The issue is obvious: Too many (qualified) candidates and not enough positions.

Ken, you DO have options. You may want to reach out to your Personal Business Advisor or  write to [info @ personalbusinessadvisors.com]


Sincerely, Sage


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