No calls back after applying for jobs?

I've been applying for jobs for 3 month now and have yet to get 1 interview. I have a university degree, I'm not incompetent. I'm about ready to apply for mcdonalds because it's better than nothing. What could be the problem, lack of related job experience? Bad cover letters?



It more than likely is due to your resume or due to not having a resume. Have someone to help you write a resume.

It could be a combnation of all - letter, resume ( lack of information), not indicating how you match their requirements, lack of experience. Your degree might be in a completely unrelated area of study. Be prepared to work at McDonalds or any other available job to gain some experience in teamwork, customer relations, ability to follow instructions. Promote your "Soft Skills" such as the ability to problem solve, adapt quickly to new situations and give examples of when you used these skills. Also do some online research into the company so you let them know how you align to their workplace culture. Good luck.

The problem could be that you have a university degree.The U.S. has a severe shortage of uneducated workers (mainly due to inadequate immigration), but has enough (perhaps even too many) educated workers.

Don't just assume who's hiring; know who's hiring. Make appearances at places and speak to hiring managers to show that you're interested in working. Like the other answerer said, job hunting is often like sales. You need to advertise your skills. Go to the career center at your college and find out what places hire their grads. Also go to job fairs.

Even if you do have to start out working in fast food or retail, it's better than nothing. (Especially if you had no job history in college.) Paid work is a lot more valuable on a resume than volunteer work because it shows regular commitment. Sometimes banks are a good place to start if you're looking for full time work.

My first guess would be your lack of experience for the jobs you are seeking or you are making salary demands on your resume/cover letter.But without seeing what you are submitting, there is no way to tell.For all I know you may have a typos on your resume or are not even bothering to give your contact info.

That being said, finding a job is like sales.When you can't find enough customers in your neighborhood, you look for more further away from home.I am mentioning this figuratively, not literally.Consider widening your approach to finding employers.Talk to your friends who have jobs to see if they know of any job openings at their companies and who to contact about them.Stop waiting around for a job advertisement and approach a company you would like to work for on the assumption they need you.It takes balls,but that is how you make things happen instead of waiting for them to happen to you.Good Luck.

Could be either of those, could be the fact that you have a gap in employment, could be you are over qualified.. Could even be what degree you have...Are you applying to jobs requiring experience that you don't have?

Simply having a university degree is not particularly a benefit. What matters more is the field of the degree. If it's engineering, medicine, law, computer science, or mechanics, you are more likely to find a good job than if it's in one of the "easy" degrees of art, history, or philosophy. Possibly, you need to go back to school for a better degree or get training in a trade to increase your job options.

The problem in today's job market is that there are thousands of other applicants with essentially the same qualifications as you competing for a relatively few jobs. Unless you can show potential employers something that makes you stand out from the competition, your chances are slim. Do you have any special skills, experience, or training outside your degree field? Have you done volunteer work or had a hobby that required unique skills?

Could be your physical resume and/or cover letter.

Could be your work experience or lack of.

Could be your degree in relation to what you're applying to.

Could be your local job market.

Most universities have services which help you write your resume and coach you in getting an interview.Use that if you have access still.If not, I would be using a recruiter.They not only coach, but they also can get your resume directly in front of people instead of just flowing in with 100 others.That should be free to you (they get paid by the hiring company.)

The problem in a nutshell is overpopulation.
For each job advertisement, they receive around 100 applications.