I applied, they ignored me. What should I do now?

Questions from Job Seekers

Question: I’m a senior professional. Lately, I’ve applied to 3 companies (all of them with good reputations) via their application channels. None contacted me back. Not even: sorry, you are not a good match. Is it too pushy to approach their recruiter directly to ask for feedback?


In the professional world, silence can be deafening, especially when it comes after submitting a job application. You’ve put in the time and effort, tailored your resume, and written a compelling cover letter, only to be met with…nothing.

No response, no feedback, not even a simple rejection. This scenario is all too common and can leave applicants feeling frustrated and unsure of their next steps. This article aims to guide you through this challenging situation and provide actionable advice on how to proceed when your job applications go unanswered.Ams

Understanding the Silence:

Recruiters and hiring managers are often inundated with applications, making it difficult to respond to each one individually. Additionally, they may not have received feedback from the hiring manager, or they may already have a preferred candidate in mind. In some cases, company policy may even prohibit them from providing feedback to applicants. While it’s not an ideal situation, it’s a reality in the current job market.

Taking Action:

If you’ve been waiting for more than a week or two without any response, it’s time to take action. It’s not pushy or inappropriate to reach out to the recruiter directly for an update. In fact, it shows your continued interest in the role and your proactive approach, which can be a positive trait in the eyes of potential employers.

When reaching out, be polite and professional. Express your continued interest in the role and inquire about the status of your application. You may also ask for feedback, but keep in mind that not all recruiters will be able or willing to provide this.

The job application process can be a test of patience and resilience. While it’s disheartening not to receive a response, it’s crucial not to take it personally. Instead, use it as an opportunity to demonstrate your persistence and professionalism. Remember, every application is a step closer to landing your dream job. Keep applying, keep improving, and don’t let the silence discourage you.

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