Have You Been Job Ghosted?
Cosmopolitan UK|July 2019

It used to just haunt our dating lives but now ghosting is something employers do, too. Here’s how to deal with it…

Caitlin Carlson

PHANTOM PHASE 1: WHEN THEY GHOST YOUR APPLICATION

Yes, there are the potential CV errors (spelling mistakes, poor grammar, including a photo when it wasn’t requested), but if you’ve checked through your application with a hawk eye and you’ve still heard nothing, it could be down to sheer volume. “The reality is that, on average, companies receive 250 applications per job advert – far more than an HR manager could possibly review by hand,” explains Amanda Augustine, a career advice expert at TopCV – the world’s largest CV writing service. “Which is why nearly all large organizations use software known as an applicant tracking system (ATS) to scan CVs and eliminate the least-qualified candidates for a role.” Leaving it to the robots, however, can result in up to 75% of CVs being rejected before a recruiter even sees them. Yikes. So if your CV isn’t written with this electronic net in mind, the chances of your application being binned – regardless of your suitability for the role – is painfully high.

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