3 Top Reasons Resumes Get Rejected By Employers
If you’re not getting callbacks on your submitted resume, there’s likely a reason why. Rejection happens all the time when it comes to job hunting, but you want to avoid getting rejected before you’ve had the chance to show the best of you. When your resume is rejected off the bat, the opportunity has been entirely missed. That’s quite different from getting rejected after one or more rounds of interviewing, which may just be a matter of perfecting your interviewing techniques.
Avoid being ruled out too early in the process by writing a resume that the employer can’t resist. An effective resume will properly convey your experience and skills to indicate that you can do the job, and do it well! With enough relevant information, it can also work to give the employer the sense that you’ll fit well under its workplace culture.
For instance, if it’s a start-up business that you’re applying to, a resume showing that you have experience working with small teams and tight budgets can help communicate that you’re a hands-on worker and capable of wearing multiple hats, while being creative with the resources that you have. This type of background can be viewed as an essential quality that the start-up employer would likely be looking for.
When you’re job hunting, it’s important to remember that your first goal is to perfect the resume. Your resume is what helps you secure the opportunity to a job interview. Without the resume to help you secure the job interview, the job offer is not going to come. Invest the time in perfecting your resume.
Avoid these top reasons to why employers often reject the resume:
- Don’t even think about sending the exact same resume to every employer.
Hiring managers and recruiters seek quality job candidates to bring in for interviewing. No generic resume is going to relay a quality candidate. A quality candidate is one that meets the specific job requirements or shows strong potential to succeed on the job. The resume presents information that relays relevance and a clear potential to succeed. Even if you’re lacking in some skills, you can still come off as the right candidate if you have the right attitude and a desire to make a mark in the profession. Skills can always be learned on the job. It’s important for your resume to show you have the experience or transferable skills to match the needs of the job and employer. For more on avoiding a generic resume, read: “Why the Jack-of-All-Trades Resume Often Fails.”
- Avoid a poorly formatted resume and focus on presenting what’s important.
The debate on resume length continues to rage, but in general, you want to keep your resume to 1-2 pages, or 3 pages at max. Regardless of your level of experience, hiring managers and recruiters typically skim the resume and know within seconds if it’s a keeper. To ensure the most relevant and important information is captured during the skimming process, the resume needs to be succinct. It should focus on the most recent years of experience (exception for some professions) and you should also consider what resume format works best for your specific situation. Are you changing careers, a stay-at-home parent looking to return to the workforce, or someone who’s had a typical journey along a professional career path? Different resume formats can help you highlight what’s important for the employer to see. For more on resume formats, read: “Resume Writing: The Pros and Cons to the Different Formats.”
- Send a professional resume that is keyword optimized.
Your resume is a representation of you and your professionalism, so if it fails to have proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling, it’s a negative reflection on you. A resume not optimized with keywords also fails to immediately inform the employer of your relevance for the job. Keyword optimization on the resume can be included in your Summary Title and Summary Paragraph, Work Experience, and Skills. For more tips, read: “Optimizing Your Resume with Keywords.”
Oftentimes there’s only one chance that you get, so make sure your resume is ready when you send it to employers. Attempt to rule out any chances that your resume gets rejected.
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