How to sell yourself when no one is clicking on your applications

Sky Ainsbury
Editor

Begars belief, this, that there are so many people on this site looking for work, even low/no-paid work, that nine times out of ten my applications - not even my profile but the actual application, the message first sent - isn't so much as getting *clicked on*.

My showreel, which I'm very proud of and keen to shove in people's faces, hasn't been watched more than twice in literally dozens of applications. Am I missing a trick here? Are people with higher levels of praise or more legitimate levels of feedback getting foregrounded by an algorhythm I don't know about?


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Mo Mousavi
Visual Effects Artist

I am having the same issue, Only two out of ten applications I send out gets viewed.. Its quite frustrating, especially the job you applied for gets reposted again by the same company and your first applications is still not viewed!


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I was considering creating a thread with a very similar topic to this, Sky. So thanks for bringing it up.

Before the update to the new website every application I sent was at least viewed, and most were replied to. Since the update I have sent loads of applications and, like yourself, only one or two of them have even been 'viewed'. I'm beginning to wonder whether it has something to do with the updated site? Is it just a coincidence that employers have suddenly become so inundated with applications that they don't even get around to even looking at mine, even though my applications are made within hours of the posting? Seems unlikely to me.

If anyone who works for the site sees this and can shed some light on the issue, I would be grateful. I won't keep shelling out £18 every month when my applications don't even seem to be going through...


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I'm also having the same issues on this site and in general when applying for opportunities (both unpaid and paid) in television for the last 2.5 years so far,only to never hear from them again.

It's a paradox as companies say you lack experience for the role yet they decline you when you apply for work experience to get the experience to begin with.I have a great CV (with new examples of experience) and a well acclaimed showreel from what I can see,based on previous responses to it with no clear result.

I'm also new to this site,which doesn't help things. I would really like to learn how I can sell myself on this site as I gained 2 work experience placements from 2 companies outside this website, after 2 years by just phoning people and applying for the PACT scheme run by Shine Media group,so I'd recommend that people try phoning them up or applying for schemes as well.

When you also have additional barriers with communication like me,it gets even less likely you'll hear back,due to misunderstandings about the issues from the view of employers (disability).

Right now I would like to focus on learning how to use this site instead and make the most of it before I call it a day with the job search though.Any tips for me on how to use this site and make the most of it?

Thanks.


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To address the points made by the group, we have checked our system and there has been no reported issue with applications failing to reach employers.

Many thanks,
FTP


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Sky Ainsbury
Editor

I think I might know what it is.

I've had a couple of apps responded to where the applications are still status '-' ... I think it's a specific button potential employers have to click saying 'mark as seen', which employers in general don't do. So the application status doesn't really relate to whether or not they've viewed your application. I don't think it used to be that way though!


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