We’ve all been there – and maybe you’re there RN: sending off heaps of job applications, only to hear absolutely nothing back. At all.
It’s demoralising and, worse, without feedback you have no idea what you need to do next time to improve your application. Sometimes it’s the complex things: you aren’t qualified enough, or didn’t provide a convincing enough cover letter. But then there are the times when it’s something downright simple and that you can fix in a flash – if only you knew!
Which is why Reddit user Sproutedonthenumber9’s story of finally figuring out why he sent off 30 job applications without hearing back is so hilarious, and so scary! It was only when the user finally received one feedback mail from a recruiter that he understood what the issue was – and how he could fix it.
Here’s the mail he received – see if you can spot the issue for yourself:
His e-mail profile pic was beyond inappropriate, and likely the number-one reason why recruiters weren’t even bothering to reply to his applications (and possibly not even reading them properly in the first place). His sexually suggestive (yes, hilarious, but not what you want an employer to see) profile pic would have been one of the first things recruiters saw in their inbox – long before they read his e-mail, cover letter or even opened his CV.
Thing is, his mistake is one any of us could make. Whether it’s an inappropriate profile pic – on e-mail or even social media – or an uncool, unprofessional e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org, for example), it’s the little things like this that can blow your application before anyone’s even gotten to your CV.
So before you send off another job application, read through this checklist and see what you need to improve now:
- What are the profile pictures of all your social media platforms? Even if your Facebook profile is private, a recruiter can likely see your picture and basic info. If it’s anything unprofessional, change it now. Same goes for off-colour tweets or inappropriate IG snaps. Delete!
- What’s your e-mail address? It should be your full name, and nothing more.
- What’s your email account profile pic? A slick headshot against a plain white background is ideal.
- Have you attached your supporting files as Word docs or PDFs? Always go for a PDF: it’s more professional, stops things shifting around in the doc when you send over e-mail, and prevents anyone else from changing its contents without your permission.