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This is a question I received-- “Why don't. I get a reply for my sent emails, including my resume and cover letter for companies requesting for a job interview?” Be kind here. I . I assume English is a 2nd language. So, let's not mock the person for doing the best they can speaking English, okay?

So my title for this episode is, Why don't I get a response to my emails requesting an interview?” I think that's a good encapsulation of what this person's trying to find out.

My answer is really very simple. It follows my formula of giving no BS Job Search Advice. So, the answer is, why should they? Why should they give you an interview. If you are not qualified for anything that they're looking for? You see, just because you sent a resume and cover letter and requested an interview, doesn't mean that a company should go, “ Oh! . Let me stop everything, respond to this person, interview them, even though they are a (fill in the blank-- beginner of some sort, Perdue chicken plucker [no disrespect to you chicken pluckers; . I will just simply say I remember getting a resume from a Perdue chicken plucker applying for software engineering position; there was no evidence of you having taken a class] I digress.

People have this unrealistic expectation that if they send a resume and cover letter, it’s is “common courtesy” that a company should interview them. Well, it is common lewdness to spam resumes and cover letters and expect the firm to do that. What's in it for them? I know what's in it for you. If they do it, but what's in it for them? .

You’ve done nothing to demonstrate experience or knowledge that's relevant to anything that matters to them. All you think should happen is that . If you send a cover letter and resume and that they should interview, you. It doesn't work that way.

Companies have positions that they need to fill and if your background fits that role as demonstrated by your resume or through employee referral, you will get an interview.. That is how it works. If you don't demonstrate that you fit a current job, they shrugged their shoulders and said, “Oh, well. That's the way it is.”

So, don’t expect companies to do things that you would not do. If someone came to your door and said would you buy my car from me and you didn't need a car or thought the color of the car was useless or didn't fit your needs, you wouldn’t buy the car. Why should they interview you?


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