Is this normal again

  • Toni Brooks

    Actor

    Meant to say that I've applied for 7 jobs since 11 June and none of them has been viewed by the posters.

    • 3rd Aug 2008
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  • Kirk Moore

    Actor

    Yup.

    • 1st Aug 2008
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  • Monty Burgess

    Actor

    As with any job, unfortunately, there is no guarantee that an employer will view our applications.

    • 1st Aug 2008
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Don't ask me...I'm 'too tall!'

    • 1st Aug 2008
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    It's really disheartening isn;t it? Especially when you know you've fired off your application within a very short time of the ad being placed!

    • 1st Aug 2008
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  • Antonio Rochira

    Actor

    Yeh...I've had similar things happen.

    • 1st Aug 2008
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  • Torya Winters

    Actor

    Yes, unfortunately!

    • 1st Aug 2008
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  • Emily Clare

    Actor

    Yeah, it's happening to me more and more, but I do like the way you can see if it's been viewed, because then I have an idea whether I'm being considered or not. Still would prefer them to view all my applications though! x

    • 1st Aug 2008
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  • Kevin Patrick Buxton

    Actor

    Hi Toni, dont know about 7 but usually 1 in 4 for me gets a look. It does get to you though when you go to the trouble of a nice individual covering letter etc. I think the key is to be one of the first to apply, so you have to sit by the screen all day till 5:30pm. Life !!!

    • 1st Aug 2008
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  • Jonathan Bowvey

    Actor

    So be the case of many an application!!!

    • 1st Aug 2008
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  • Toni Brooks

    Actor

    Cheers everyone. It is frustrating, esp when you know you'd be ideal for the job. Never mind - onwards and upwards :-))

    • 1st Aug 2008
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  • Rob Talbot

    Actor

    It might well be how quickly you apply:

    Looking back till May:

    15 viewed - 4 Not

    I tend not to bother appling at all if the ad is more than 2 days old: I imagine once they have a short list long enough to fill a day they stop looking ...

    • 1st Aug 2008
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  • Carmell Roche

    Actor

    Hi I would suggest applying when the job is new as they tend to only look at the first applicants.

    • 1st Aug 2008
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  • User Deleted

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    You're extremely lucky - I applied for one yesterday within an hour of its posting, and still ahven't been viewed

    • 1st Aug 2008
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  • Lee Ravitz

    Actor

    I don't think there is any absloute rhyme or reason to it - although the rule of thumb that maintains the quicker you apply on this site, the more likely you are to be viewed is undoubtedly true in a large number of cases.

    You can certainly go for long periods where nothing at all gets viewed, and others when everyone views everything very quickly, as the 'paper trail' of my applications at least indicates.

    It is incredibly annoying to have put in the effort to write a cover letter only for it to be lost in the ether (although I hope the writing didn't take up about more than twenty minutes of your time - one of the great benefits of writing on-line, I find).

    The only thing that can be said is that all a none view indicates is that...they've never got round to viewing the application. Occasionally having spoken to people who have cast me on the basis of CCP application, I realise that even the smallest projects sometimes receive the most ridiculous numbers of applications within about half a day's turnaround (300/400 people +).

    The only truth is that, if there is no indication on site that the application has been viewed, then no one has bothered to look at the letter. As far as I can see, this can only ever be for the following reason:

    1. They were inundated with applicants, and have drawn a cut off line at, say, the first 30 or 50, or whatever.

    2. They are not solely advertising through this site, and so have more options to choose applicants from than you may think

    3. They have no intention of making an intensive search for the right performer, and will stop looking as soon as they find anyone who meets their casting criteria

    4. They have reconsidered how they are actually going to cast the project after sending the post

    5. They are going to view you eventually, but will take a very long period to sift through all the applications/ have no intention of starting until they feel all the applications are in.

    I think the question of whether you get viewed or not has an enormous amount to do with whether the setup concerned is a large outfit with a number of staff tasked with casting, or run by one man and a dog; with how desperate (or otherwise) the company is to see things cast; whether their need is to cast very quickly or to make the process very long and drawn out; whether they prioritise the casting applications from one source above another etc.

    All of those things are totally out of our control.

    • 1st Aug 2008
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  • Rob Talbot

    Actor

    Lee

    Good summary ... but something I have observed on more than one occasion.

    One specific example:

    Take an application I made on 26/11/2007

    Still not viewed according to [my application] page

    BUT

    the same employer viewed me [my views] on the 28/11/2007

    This is not the only example I can document of this. It could of course be a coincidence (they were searching the database) but it seems odd!

    • 2nd Aug 2008
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  • User Deleted

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    I think I'm right in saying this, please correct me if I am not, but an employer can view submissions in much the same way this page is set out with headshots on the left and the covering letter to the right of it. Therefore it is possible for an employer to view the thumbnail of your headshot and your covering letter without even clicking on you to find out more… I think … xx

    • 2nd Aug 2008
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    I'm with Lee on this. They must get absolutely sick of sifting through thousands of applicants.

    • 2nd Aug 2008
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  • Katharine Kavanagh

    Actor

    I'd be interested to know how this works from the casting bod's point of view. Do they get a thumnail of our headshot against the applications that come in, so in effect are saying 'I won't read it because they don't look right' (perfectly understandable, if unfortunate!)

    Or are they literally NOT bothering to come back to the applicants here after posting the ad? There was one up here the other day for actors with aerial skills, and I'm sure they couldn't have been exactly innundated, but nope, not even a glance!

    xx

    • 2nd Aug 2008
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  • Rob Talbot

    Actor

    I've been viewed by several employers shortly after I applied ("my views" screen) that have never been flagged as viewed in the "my applications" screen.

    Never quite understood that ... unless they were coincidently searching the database at the same time.

    • 2nd Aug 2008
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