I applied to the job I wanted… Why didn’t I hear back?

Posted on  by Tyler Pearl | http://www.daviscos.com/blog/applied-job-didnt-hear-back/#.U62ZbfldUWc

 

Frustrated

Applying for jobs can be extremely frustrating. You fill out the extensive form, attach a resume, hit submit… and then what? Wait, pray, apply again? Here are some reasons to answer the question “Why hasn’t anyone called me?”

1.  Too many people applied for the same job posting.

Lots of people apply
for every job posting out there. Sometimes there just are not enough hours in the day to review and call every applicant. Resumes can easily fall into the “black hole” and never be reviewed. One of our recently-posted jobs received 213 applicants. The position moved fast, and we did not get to call every applicant. On the bright side, the next time there is a similar opening, we now have your resume on file and are looking out for you.

2.  Your resume sucks.

Sorry, but if your resume is not well-organized, c
ontains misspellings, or is just too vague, the person reviewing your application may quickly pass. Other red flags are major gaps in employment, job hopping, or strange pieces of personal information. The job market is tight right now, and employers are looking for the best candidate. Finding the company that fits you best will be key.

For more advice on resume writing check out our blogger Galen’s advice.

3.  The job is no longer open.

Jobs close or stop accepting new applicants, but postings often stay up on Career pages for much longer. Other times, company policy dictates that every job is posted, but there is an internal promotion or inside candidate already taking an offer while you are just hitting submit.

My advice: Check when the job was posted. If it was 3 months ago, it might not be worth applying anymore. Subscribe to saved searches or watch your target job postings closely so you can beat the rush.

4.  It just might not be the right fit.

Look closely at the job description and title. Does it align well with your background and current position? Recruiters, HR representatives, and hiring managers don’t look at every resume for very long, so if you don’t quickly jump of the page and make them think, “This could be the one!”, you may not be getting the call.

5.  You live too far away.

Location is an important factor. One client recently lost a long-term employee because the commute finally became too much for him. They were worried that applicants who lived too far away may feel the same. Other times, we get applications from candidates all over the world. If you aren’t seriously planning to move and could not get to an interview within a few days, it probably isn’t the right job to apply for.

So what’s the best way to get a call from your application?

Talk with your recruiter and learn the best path to the job you want. We can be your best advocate during your search. We will work with you to optimize your resume and discuss how closely it fits. From inside information on company culture to the reason for the opening and the salary, we are here to help you. Developing a relationship with a recruiter over time will ensure that we think of you before we even post the job. A recent job we posted attracted 60 applicants, but the candidate who got the job had been talking to me since September and was the first call I made when the job came out.

As the saying goes, “It’s who you know, not what you know,” and in the job search, leverage who you know. Use LinkedIn and Networking groups. Meeting people in the company you want to work for is often the fastest way in the front door.

Lastly, don’t get frustrated. If you are applying to the right jobs and have the right strategy, you will find that dream job!

How To Stay Off Our Blacklist (AKA “Do Not Assign”) | Staffing Talk

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Written by Scott Morefield February 19, 2014 – See more at: http://staffingtalk.com/how-to-stay-off-our-blacklist-aka-do-not-assign/#sthash.a9uOwlYH.dpuf

Whether you’re between jobs, looking for a better job, or just starting out in this wild, wacky adventure we call work, staffing firms can be an excellent tool to have at your disposal. Since our business model demands that we actually put people to work in order to keep our doors open, if we see even a little effort and promise on your end we’ll often go the extra mile on ours to land you a job.

We don’t think we’re asking for much – just a polite, friendly demeanor, neat appearance, decent work history, reachable references, a can-do spirit, and maybe a nice handshake and a look in the eye to top it all off (OK, we’ll even make the handshake and eye contact optional!). When you step through our doors, we WANT to put you to work and, once employed, we want to keep working you until you land a full-time gig, hopefully at one of our clients. In the business world, that’s what I call a win-win.

That is, as long as you manage to stay off of our DNA list.

What sort of nefarious list is this, you ask?

Well, in the staffing world, DNA doesn’t have anything to do with your genes (calm down, Legal Beagle, we know the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act prohibits us from asking those questions!). Rather, DNA stands for ‘do not assign.’ Other staffing companies might use different abbreviations and terminologies, but they all have some sort of ‘blacklist’ in the form of a system designation to mark those to whom the privilege of job offers will no longer be extended. Once your name makes it there, you might as well ditch your phone and change your address to some kulak in Siberia, because as far as we’re concerned you’re banished and we aren’t calling you again, ever.

So, how do you avoid landing on this awful list? I’m glad you asked! How about a list of five surefire ways to land ON the DNA list? Avoid doing these, and your chances of avoiding ‘the list’ are pretty good.

1.) Violence – You’d think this should go without saying, but in today’s climate one can never be too cautious. That’s why not only the actual act of violence (or harassment, or intimidation, or bullying, or anything that could possibly be related to those things!), but even the vaguest, most remote threat of violence of any sort will not only get you released from your assignment, but will get you permanently and irrevocably DNA’d. It’s just not worth the risk.

2.) No call, no show – If you’re going to take the time to register, interview, drug test, watch orientation videos, and fill out the seemingly endless reams of paperwork required to work with us, one would think that actually physically showing up for the job you accepted on day one would be just a formality, right? Sadly, this isn’t always the case. When we tell our client you’re going to be there, and you aren’t there… unless you’ve called us with a really good reason, consider yourself DNA’d.

3.) ‘Walk off’ a job – No matter how well we try to explain the job to you, nothing can quite equal actually DOING the job. Maybe packing corn chips in cardboard boxes all day sounded more glamorous than it actually turned out to be. Maybe you thought we said ‘tasting pies’ when we actually said ‘tool & die.’ I don’t know, but I do know that if you walk off a job before your shift is complete we will never, ever place you again.

4.) Violate a safety rule – This was an important piece of my article entitled, ‘How To Get Fired On Your First Day As A Temp.’ For the same reasons listed there, violating a safety rule will also land you on our DNA list, from which no further placements will ever, ever ensue.

5.) Lie to us – Whether it’s fudging your resume, failing to disclose a criminal past, or using your THIRD dead grandmother as an excuse for calling out of work, we have a really hard time placing people who we can’t trust. Can you blame us?

There are certainly more, but these are probably the worst offenders. No big deal, you might think. List or no list, you’ll just land a job on your own. Maybe so, but keep in mind that when you are on a staffing company’s DNA list you’ve often barred yourself not just from that staffing company, but from the dozens of clients that staffing company does business with. And although these days sharing references, especially bad ones, is taboo among the HR world, you’re deceiving yourself if you don’t think people who know and network with each other will talk ‘off the record.’ Trust me, other than the ‘Busted’ section of the newspaper or maybe the ‘bad check’ wall at Shoney’s, the DNA list of any staffing company is the worst place your name can appear.

– See more at: http://staffingtalk.com/how-to-stay-off-our-blacklist-aka-do-not-assign/#sthash.thoKz4V5.dpuf

 

Maintenance Technician in Fond Du Lac, WI

******NEEDED ASAP!******

IQ Resource Group has an excellent opportunity available for a Maintenance Technician in Fond Du Lac, WI for a leading manufacturer of nutrition and health products in a manufacturing facility.

Hours for the position are 5pm – 5am, rotation schedule with some weekend work required.

Wage: $16.50-$18.50/hr

Job Description and Requirements

  • Responsible for performing maintenance on building and equipment as needed involving preventive maintenance as well as diagnosing and repairing equipment in a sophisticated processing plant.
  • Requires previous industrial maintenance experience with a strong aptitude in the areas of mechanical, electrical and structural maintenance.
  • Knowledge of PLC’s and automated controls and boiler maintenance a plus.
  • Must be self motivated, have ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast paced environment, and be willing to contribute in a team environment.
  • 2-3 years of maintenance experience or equivalent skills in a food processing plant is required.
  • A minimum of one year experience and SS Pipe welding experience is preferred.

Our client offers opportunities for growth and career development. Excellent compensation and benefit program including 401(k) retirement plan and comprehensive health insurance.

www.iqresourcegroup.com to apply or send a resume directly to crystalr@iqresourcegroup.com

New London Chamber Awards Banquet

 

Thank you to all who came out to celebrate at the New London Chamber Awards Banquet!

The purpose of the annual Chamber Awards banquet is to identify, honor and reinforce the activities of exceptional businesses, organizations and individuals whose service or performance positively contributes to the quality of life in the area served by the New London Area Chamber of Commerce.

IQ Resource Group was one of several deserving businesses in New London to be nominated for the 2014 New Business of the Year award. This award is presented annually to a business less than 2 years old and or is under new ownership within the last 2 years is a member of the New London Area Chamber of Commerce and has demonstrated excellence in one or more of the criteria listed below;

 

New Business of the Year Award Criteria

  • Demonstrates an economic enhancement to the area
  • Has developed a new market or niche
  • Offers outstanding customer service
  • Promotes community involvement through; volunteerism, financial support and / or donations and assisting with local philanthropic causes
  • Provides a needed or desired service to the community

Congratulations to Water Street Vintage for taking home this wonderful honor for 2014!

IQ Resource Group is Expanding!!

Matt Grover ~ Account Executive

IQ Resource Group is pleased to welcome Matthew Grover to our Sales team!  IQ has experienced record growth over the past two years.  With flourishing offices in Appleton, Green Bay, Lake Geneva, and New London, IQ has positioned itself to be a leader in manufacturing staffing in Wisconsin.  Adding Matt to our sales team is a great step to further expansion.  Matt will be working the Northeast to Southern areas of Wisconsin.

Welcome to the IQ family, Matt!