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What to do when you’ve missed your perfect job opportunity

You’ve finally found your perfect job opportunity, it’s got the perks, salary package and career progression you’ve always dreamed about.

Problem is you’ve missed the application date or simply don’t have the time to spring clean your CV before the deadline.

Before you start beating yourself up on missing out on the job you’ve been searching for what seems like an eternity, there are a number of things you can do to try and get your CV considered.

Give them a call
Track down a phone number, email address and a name if possible from the advert and make contact. Explain that although your aware that the application deadline has now passed you feel that you’re a perfect fit for the role and if the dates are set in stone, would they be willing to keep your details on file should the vacancy become available at a later date.

Sometimes employers go through the entire recruitment process only to discover their initial candidates might not be right for the position or the lucky candidate might leave unexpectedly – so it’s worth getting in touch.

Get your CV up to scratch
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Connect with decision makers
You might need to do a bit of detective work for this bit, but done properly connecting with decision makers can pay off. First, make sure that your LinkedIn profile is as good as it possibly can be, then seek out the decision makers or HR Managers for the organisation that have advertised your dream role.

Send them a request to connect via the system and if they think your skills and experience is a good match for the role, they might be willing to consider an application from you even though you’ve missed the advertised deadline. Employers and recruiters are far more open to introductions through digital channels than previously thought and they’re unlikely to pass up an opportunity to talk to a good quality candidate should you get in touch.

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Filed Under: Candidates, Job Search

Emma Bonfiglio

About the author, Emma Bonfiglio

Managing Director at Appointments, Emma has spent 15 years building up a stellar reputation for commercial recruitment excellence across a variety of industries and sectors. There’s no staffing challenge Emma hasn’t encountered and her insight into the recruitment landscape has assisted countless clients achieve their goals over the years.


Specialising in the legislative and procedural side of business operations and through her extensive knowledge and continual training, Emma has a wealth of legal and contractual recruitment knowledge to help advise and support organisations of any size and in any industry.