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Do you think it’s ok to write to a company and politely ask for feedback as to why your job application was unsuccessful?

I did but didn’t get a reply. I hope they don’t think I was rude in asking. I just wanted to know if I needed more skills or experience.I want to know what I can do to make myself more employable. If I need more experience, I can volunteer more often. If I need a certificate, I can study.


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The reason you will rarely receive a response is because a lot of reasons they give may leave them open to lawsuit for discrimination.
If you do receive a response it will likely be generic and not truthful anyway.

I think that is totally reasonable. However I doubt you will receive a response. There doesn't seem to be any common courtesy in this area any more. Gone are the days where you would receive a letter telling you that you were unsuccessful. You don't even get a generic email. I mean, how hard is it?

 So true. It’s so disrespectful to the time involved
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The organisation "Dressed for success", as well as providing free interview clothes, also gives resume and presentation advice. They might be worth contacting.

I know people who have advertised jobs and are totally inundated with applications, like in the hundreds, for one position.. They would probably view giving feedback as an extra job on top of that workload of reading and sifting through the applications.

It's ok to ask. That's the difference between public sector and private sector, public have to provide you with feedback if you ask and even offer you to ask, private sector is battling to tell you when they're done with you so you're left to make up your own assumptions.

Absolutely, and no don’t feel like that. My hubby recently got rejected for a job and asked and the guy gave him good feedback. I think it helps to someone be brave to ask the person interviewing you at the time of rejection, either on the phone or in email soon after. They were just a lazy tool for not replying or incompetent, or stressed. Not your problem

I'd call and ask for feedback. Don't it many times and also provided feedback many times.

I would ring the contact that was listed on the original job ad and ask for feedback directly from them.

I always give feedback. First I tell them exactly why they didn’t get offered the job. Second I tell them what I think are possible next steps for them. I recruit for professional roles where the person is early in their career and actually haven’t figured things out. I know how hard it is being rejected by giving useful feedback it makes it less personal. What you have to understand it is not personal, the person you missed out to was better but that doesn’t mean you can’t be next time round and it’s starts with addressing the reasons why you missed out in the first place.

 That’s what I’m wanting to know. I meet all the requirements they ask for but don’t get the job. I’d like to know what the person who did get the job had that I didn’t so I can be successful the next time.
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 Someone else here. Did you answer the questions well? Did you connect with the interviewers? Often skills get Those to the interview but the rest is how well you answer questions. I have had a friend sit on a panel and she said it was sad because the more qualified person didn’t get the role because nerves and not answer so well, whereas the other son over in the interview.
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 OP here. I’m not even getting interviews. I address all criteria and have a good resume. I believe I have a good cover letter too. My mother in law used to interview people often and she’s said my resume looks good.

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 I have the same problem! I also wish I could get feedback. Good luck on your search. I get so disheartened sometimes with my job search!
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 Ok so a friend recently applied for a small business job. There were 150 applicants and the interviewer said they quickly dismissed half of them because they didn’t do the criteria requested, eg coverletter etc. This guy had no time to reply to all these, emails are easily deleted. Do you have someone in your field who can check your resume and coverletter? Or I’ve been told getting a resume writer to do it is a good investment for higher up jobs. I just feel that MIL could be outdated, the game has changed lots. You could contact a recruiter, join LinkedIn or deliver in person. My friend got that interview because he made contact with the owner.
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