No response to your job applications, here’s why

Why your job applications get no responses

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“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

― Abraham Lincoln

You keep applying for jobs as soon as they pop-up on the job boards you subscribed to but yet you receive no feedback? That’s likely because you’ve been applying to non-current/stale job listings.

So, the other day, the team was reviewing some common complaints remote job seekers make and guess what, no response to submitted applications topped the list. They kept applying and applying and applying but rarely got any response, talk less of invite to interview.

This piqued our interest particularly when applicants with rich portfolios and excellent skills had same complaints. We looked in a bit further and guess what we found? Well, among other causes we discovered, the most common was this:

A good number of job listings they applied to were actually stale – some had been listed a couple of months back and were no longer receiving applications. These openings had already been filled months back.

But, just like stale WhatsApp broadcast messages that still get re-broadcasted years later, remote job board admins simply gather these job listings and publish them, no verification to determine if they are still open or not.

So, what should you do?

Before you shoot out your Resume, CV, portfolio, cover letter etc. it’s really important to double check the job listing to be sure it’s current and below are some ways can achieve that:

4 simple ways you can verify if a job listing is current

Aside the obvious of contacting the company via any of their approved means of communication (contact forms, emails, social media handles etc), if you don’t want to wait hours (possibly days) to get a feedback before applying to a job or you wish to verify the job listing on your own, you can:

A. Check for publish date on the job listing

Visit the main company site and check for the publish date. Although most job listings don’t display a publish date, try checking first, you just might find one. If not, read further.

B. Inspect the URL

Some companies use a URL structure that displays post date, While this is not common practice as most webmasters prefer to keep their URLs short, you should at least give it a shot and if there’s no post date in the URL, read on

C. Inspect dates on comments

If the job portal supports comments, that’s a great place to get an idea of when the job was posted. There’s no point applying to a job with comments dating 1 year back.

D. Inspect page source

While this is a bit more technical, I find it the most effective. To inspect, Right click on the job description and select “view page source” (Mozilla & Google Chrome) or simply “page source” (Opera). You’ll get the page source code in a new tab. Alternatively, you can simply use the “Ctrl” + “U” shortcut (Windows)

Page source illustration - Why your job applications get no responses
Page source illustration – Why your job applications get no responses

Use the find command “Ctrl” + “F” to bring up a search bar and in it, type:






(as in the screenshot below). This would search the source code and help you easily locate the job listing’s publish date and most likely the date it was modified last. Then you be the judge of your finding, is the job current or not?

Dateposted illustration - Why your job applications get no responses
Dateposted illustration – Why your job applications get no responses

These steps can help you verify every job listing you intend applying to. Granted, it may take you more time having to first verify every job before applying but hey! it’s way better applying to only current job openings instead of wasting your time submitting a thousand and one applications to closed job listings (except the company receives applications for future openings).

Verifying job openings is particularly important as a quite a lot of job portal admins don’t bother verifying before populating their job portals.

I really hope you found this post helpful, if you did, kindly like, share and subscribe. Also, you’re welcome to browse through our job listings here, we try our best to verify each before listing to ensure we list only current, good quality remote jobs.


Featured image credits Jerzy Górecki from Pixabay

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