What To Do If You Aren’t Hearing Back From Employers

One of the most common refrains I hear from frustrated job seekers is that they spend tons of time applying to jobs, but never hear anything back.

If you’re not getting the response you want in your job search—but have no idea what you’re doing wrong—it’s time to go back to the basics and make sure you’re not making the following classic mistakes.

If you’re applying to jobs but not hearing back, take the time to assess the situation. If only a few days have passed since you submitted your application, you’ll need to give it some more time.

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2. Nail those keywords

Once you have created your resume on Indeed, there are a couple of ways it can be surfaced: through Instant Match or through Resume search. Employers who have Instant Match will be matched to candidates who fit their job descriptions automatically.

Employers or recruiters that have a subscription to search Indeed Resumes can look for candidates by skills, job title or location. After reviewing matched or searched resumes, employers can choose to invite the candidate to apply to their open position directly.

1. Know the rules

As soon as you click “Submit,” your application is evaluated based on the job description keywords, then ranked alongside other candidates in the company’s database. The takeaway? Always consider whether you have the qualifications a job description is calling for before you apply. You are unlikely to get past automated systems or human recruiters without the required qualifications.

5. Optimize your efforts

Automate the front end of the job search process (identifying jobs that interest you) as much as possible. Do this by setting up job alerts—email updates about new jobs that match your preferences. You can create a job alert by doing a job search. On the right side of the search results page, just enter your email and select “Activate” to have new jobs containing these search terms sent to your inbox on a regular basis.

Because you can create numerous alerts, use specific keywords from the job descriptions, job titles and company names you’re targeting. Experiment with a variety of job titles and terms until you find searches that match what you’re looking for. By reducing the time you’ll spend searching, you’ll gain time to customize and improve your applications: tailoring your resume and getting that cover letter just right.

4. Do your research

Have you set your sights on a particular company? Do some digging. Visit their website to read their company blog and press releases. Learn about their mission on their “About Us” page. Keep track of local networking events the company is attending or hosting by following their social media channels. You can also follow the company’s CEO or other leadership on social media. This is a great way to stay up to date on what’s happening within the company and what matters to this organization.

6. Consider hiring events

Attend in-person and virtual hiring events. Do a search for local or virtual industry and company events to connect with hiring managers and network. Having that face-to-face (even virtually) connection can help you build relationships and better your chances of getting interviews.

7. Keep up the momentum

It’s vital that you continue searching and applying for jobs. Fortunately, the job market is filled with opportunities. Set weekly goals for yourself, targeting a specific number of applications so that you don’t get too focused on a particular position. Goals can help you alleviate anxiety and maintain a daily routine. Look for ways to get involved in your community or industry if you’re unemployed, have spare time on your hands or are feeling isolated.

In the United States, about 9.2 million jobs are added to Indeed each month. While your perfect fit might feel elusive at the moment, chances are high the right job for you is out there.

8. Remember self-care

Remember those goals you set for yourself? The best part of goal setting is the reward. Be sure that you take the time to recognize your accomplishments—applying for those jobs, attending that networking event, surviving that five-person interview—and nurture your self-confidence by acknowledging your efforts.

Treat yourself in simple, meaningful ways. If you’re on a limited budget, there are several cost-friendly ways to kick back: enjoy a walk in the park, read a good book, make time for friends and family, and above all, practice gratitude. Whether you’re unemployed, stuck in a job you can’t stand or just looking for something better, it’s easy to feel blue and frustrated.

9. Use and build your network

Looking for your next job can be a daunting process and if you aren’t receiving feedback, it can feel like you aren’t making progress. But with a balance of targeted, keyword-rich applications, networking and self-care, you’ll escape the application black hole and find not just the next job, but the right job.


How long should I expect to wait to hear back from a job?

Generally, it’s best to wait at least two weeks to hear back from a job before considering the possibility that you didn’t get the job. There’s still a chance that employers could reach out after the two-week point, and this is why it’s so important to reach out or follow up after two weeks.

What to do if you havent heard back from a job application?

If you haven’t heard back about your job application after two weeks, it’s perfectly acceptable to call the hiring manager unless the listing states otherwise.

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