What To Do When Your CV is Being Ignored

September 27 2019 , 0 Comments


As a job seeker, you spend hours finding and then applying to jobs. It can get frustrating when you have sent your CV off to numerous job positions, but have got no response back. So, maybe you need to change your application approach. Here are our best tips!

Check You Sent It! 

First things first. It may sound silly, but when you find the job of a lifetime and hastily send off your application, it can be easy to forget things. Check that you have attached your CV and that it is the correct version. It is such a simple mistake that you can avoid. 

Follow Up 

After checking that it has been sent, if 1-2 weeks have passed and you are yet to have a “thank you for sending” email, then it is time to send a follow-up! 

Sending a friendly email asking whether they have had a chance to look over your CV, shows that you are keen and enthusiastic about progressing in the application. If you are unable to find the recruiter's email, then sending a message to the generic company address is also fine. 

Even if there is not a job position open if you are interested in something, why not send over a copy of your CV. If there is a job opening then hopefully you will be the first to be considered.  

Also, if you get do get rejected, email them back too! Ask why you have been rejected, and if there is anything else you can do. Getting feedback is just as important as you can ask for pointers to help improve your application. 

Is It the Right Job for You?

If your CV is being picked up but getting rejected, maybe you are applying for the wrong job. Consider whether you have enough of the right experience for the role. If you have never worked in the industry before, then this may be why you are being rejected. Try out some work experience before applying for a job to test the waters, either through internships or volunteering. You could even be over experienced - so aim higher! 


When a recruiter is looking at a CV, they may only spend seconds looking over your application. They do not want to be spending time downloading your application, so make sure to send it as a PDF. 

Sending it as a PDF is the most effective way as the formatting will be consistent every time it is opened. Keep your CV in clear formatting with subheadings to make it understandable and an easy read. 

What about applying through a different medium? Many companies also let you apply by submitting your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is a great resource, so make sure you have an up to date and professional profile. 

Highlight the Right Skills

Your CV is essential for selling yourself to a future employer. Waffling may be our best friend in essays, but not in a job application. In a CV, you have limited words and space, so you need to get straight to the point and include all the valuable information. 

Take a look at the job description and see what the employer is looking for. Cross-check your CV and the job description, so you include the most important and relevant information first. This highlights to the recruiter that you are suited for the job to keep them reading. 


Don’t Recycle Your CV

Employers will realise if you are sending your CV to multiple employers. So tailor it to the job, company and yourself! 

But also don’t go overboard as the employer is also looking for your personality and doesn’t want you to repeat the job description. 


Things to Avoid 

Grammar mistakes are a big no-no. Ask a friend, parent or tutor to read over your application. After spending ages applying to jobs, it is easy to miss spelling and grammar mistakes which could cost you the job. So make sure you are free of errors! 

Over elaborating doesn’t go unmissed either. If you have seen a series of The Apprentice, then you will know that recruiters can see when you are bluffing. They prefer you to be honest about your achievements!

Some countries such as France like you to have a headshot on a CV. If you are applying to a role in the UK, then this is not usually the case. So don’t include an image on your CV unless specified in the application. 

After being ignored and rejected, it is normal to feel down. However, don't give up! There are plenty of jobs out there. When it comes to finding a job, rejection is perfectly normal, and it is all added practice. Follow these tips to boost your CV, and in no time, you will land the perfect job! 

Written by Rebecca Hart, an Online Marketer at StudentJob UK. If you are looking for a job but not sure where to start then check out StudentJob. Our application tips will help you create an effective CV, cover letter and help you smash interviews!

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