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What am I doing wrong - unable to get past first hurdle
« on: March 15, 2017, 08:16:11 PM »

Hi guys,

Hoping for a bit of advice here. I've got several years of experience in my area and feel very confident in what I do. I'd say I tick all the boxes on paper and my CV reflects that. I've applied for several jobs recently in my area and made my CV available online. Recruitment agencies are usually very quick to get in touch with me with a job and ask the usual questions - what I'm looking for, why I want to leave, my salary, my day-to-day duties, etc.

However, after what is an enthusiastic and promising initial conversation, I usually never hear back from them. I've been to a couple of interviews, so managed to get some recruiters to get back to me, but they were the exception. I'm a foreigner and have an accent but usually people understand me, even on the phone. I do have a British passport, so that's not an issue.

 Why would they rush to get in touch with me, then forget about me? What am I doing wrong?

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Re: What am I doing wrong - unable to get past first hurdle
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2017, 04:04:04 PM »
I am so sorry to hear you are having this problem. I too had a similar problem - people rush to interview me, but I have been pipped at the post three times. Once I believe was because they realised during the interview that I was pregnant; once was because I applied for a job working with recovering addicts, and they gave the job to a recovered addict; once was because there were over 500 applicants for the job, 50 were interviewed, and the one who got the job had more experience than me.

It might be that the industry you are applying for is incredibly competitive - many people applying for the same job. If you can get feedback from the interviewers, that would be helpful. Just write to them and ask what they were looking for that you couldn't offer. I wish you luck in your future applications!


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