Are you experiencing problems getting a job offer or being chosen for an interview even after all the applications you made?

There are many reasons why your applications are being ignored by hiring managers and potential employers. First, it could be that the HR department found itself overwhelmed with applications, and they can’t reply to messages immediately. It is also possible that there is a shift in the HR team to keep up with the changes in the company. There is also the possibility that the position is not considered an “immediate” position.

Whichever the reason is, there are ways to improve your application and avoid getting ignored by the HR department. Down below are ten ways you can try it out.

1) Become One With Your Inner Salesman

When applying for a job, you need to sell yourself as a suitable employee for the employer or hiring agency to consider you. If they don’t see your worth in your application, their chances of ignoring your application are higher. Don’t let anything stop you from showing your skills off, even the lack of responses, because if you do, you are losing your chance of getting that job.

2) Make Your Cover Letter And Resume Blend Together

One great way to avoid getting ignored during the application process is by making a resume and a cover letter that works well together. Your cover letter and resume can

3) Personalise Your Cover Letter

A cardinal rule that you should never forget when applying for a job is that you should never send the same cover letter in all your applications. It can be why you never received a response from employers or hiring managers.

To increase your chances of getting noticed, personalise your cover letter to show how you can help the company with the issues they are facing to show them why you are the perfect candidate for the job.

4) Constantly Revise Your Resume

Like your cover letter, you should also revise your resume each time you apply. This doesn’t mean that you have to change its visual appeal but mainly its content, and this ensures that you showcase your abilities more, which the employers want to see in the application.

5) Don’t Use The Same Resume For All The Applications You Make

Using the same resume for all your applications can also be why your application is being ignored by employers and hiring managers. If you want people to notice your application, you need to make sure your resume stands out as they read it. Focus on keeping it short and persuasive while showcasing your critical skills and experiences matching the job scope.

6) Make Your Resume Clearer To Understand

Even if you are the right person for the job, recruiters may still ignore you if your resume is all over the place. Make the layout of your resume easier to navigate and understand, highlighting essential skills that will help you with the position.

7) Provide Evidence Of Your Work

A great way to support your application and get people to notice it is by showcasing evidence of your work. For example, if you acted as a public relations officer, you can highlight which events you supported and what they brought to the company.

If you bring in profits as a salesperson, show your year to year growth in sales figures.

8) Don’t Be Afraid To Keep Applying

If you want to get approved for the position you are applying for, you need to be relentless. The more applications are out there, the better chances you have of getting noticed and responded to.

9) Do Some Networking On The Side

If you feel like everything you have done isn’t getting anywhere, why not ask your contacts to feel things out for you? You can email them to inform them that you applied for a position in the place they are working and ask for their advice or help regarding a response to your application.

10) Follow Up Is Not A Bad Thing

You can also reach out to the hiring manager or employer if you think it has been a long time since you sent an application. When you do send a message to them to ask them about your application, stay professional because you may ruin your chances if you sound frustrated in your message to them.


Whether it is your first or second job, scoring a reply from an employer or hiring agent may take some time, especially for large firms. You will need to be patient if you don’t want to burn your chances of scoring the job when the employer or HR officer eventually reaches out to you. While waiting, check your application to see if there’s anything you should change or if the right amount of time has passed. Update with the employer if they have reviewed your application.

With some luck and time, you may receive that call you’ve been waiting for.

Check out these other resume tips that may get you that dream job:
What Employers Do Not Want to See on Your Resume
Should You Lie In Your Resume?
How to Include Volunteer Experience on Your Resume

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29 replies on “10 Ways to Avoid Getting Ignored when Applying for Jobs

  1. Awesome post, dear Kally. It’s not only very interesting but also provides a great insight into improving the job prospects. Keep up the good job. 😊😊

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  2. These are some great pointers Kally. Sometimes we don’t realize that overlooking tiny details can make a world of difference in getting you noticed. 🤦🏼‍♀️ Thanks for sharing my friend some great advice. 🤗🙏🏼😊🌺🌞


    1. I know it can be frustrating to those who are in the job search for a long time and yet not getting callback from employers. Hopefully, this post will help them to get their resume noticed.

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  3. I’m now long retired, however your excellent points are quite similar to the methods I used and that I have been passing on to any younger people who will listen.
    This is the first of your blog posts that I have read, and will not be the last.
    Quite enjoyed your Abouts as well. Very interesting as Melaka, Malaysia is our second home. We have good friends in KL and are often there as well.
    Until later, take care and be well.

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    1. Thank you, Richard and welcome to MiddleMe! Melaka is a lovely place. I’ve been there quite a few times. I love that it is not as busy as KL and the history is so rich.


    1. Thank you so much! So many ignore the cover letter while wondering why they can’t get a job easily. A cover letter is like the first impression the recruiter get of you.

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  4. Great tips. I do most things here, and sometimes I still get no bite. Maybe the writing industry is pretty saturated when it comes to higher-level positions. But I haven’t been following up as much as I’d like to, so maybe that’s the link I’m missing. It’s been a while since I stopped by, but wow have you kept up the awesome schedule. Keep going, Kally!

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    1. Thank you, Stuart! If you are looking for job opportunities, perhaps looking from a global level instead of restricting your talent within Malaysia. As a writer, you can work anywhere. I’m pretty sure you can get more exposure (and money too!) outside of Asia.


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