So you’re just about to use up an entire forest to print out numerous copies of your resume. Or maybe you’ve worn out the keyboard of your computer sending out electronic applications.
But still, not one of those copies has earned you a post at any of the companies you’re applying at. Do you want to move into the light and find out why recruiters and employers might be ignoring your resume? Here are five possible reasons:
1) Your resume has nothing “special” in it.
One of the possible reasons that might cause employers to ignore your application is that your resume is a replica of dozens of other resumes. Do you just copy off a CV template from the internet? Do you neglect to match your qualifications and skills to the specific job position and company? Do you fail to “own” the resume? All these could be at the root of your failure to get further in the job search process. Address this problem, and rise above the crowd. Soon, employers will be knocking on your door for an interview.
2) Your resume is simply too long!
Granted, it is the responsibility of recruiters to peruse resumes and decide which applicant to consider for the position. Yet, it is your job to make their job easier, not harder! A resume that’s too long will be ignored faster than you can say “there goes my dream job.” Employers simply don’t have the entire day to read each and every line of a resume, and an absurdly lengthy application is a definite no-no. Instead of including drawn-out descriptions and irrelevant details, try to create a resume that highlights your relevant qualifications, skills, and experience in the most succinct, yet comprehensive, way possible.
3) Your resume doesn’t indicate the specific dates of employment for your previous positions.
While some recruiters are most concerned with searching for specific skills or certain educational qualifications, a number are also very particular with the dates you’ve worked for your previous employers. If you’re in the habit of jumping from one corporation to another within just a year or two, then chances are you’ll be doing the same thing again. If your record shows that you are capable of sticking to one company over a long period of time, then you might be a candidate worth considering. So if your resume doesn’t even have the specific dates, how will an employer make the distinction?
4) Your resume is full of typos and grammatical errors.
You may be the most experienced and competent worker known to mankind, but if your resume is chock full of errors in grammar, spelling, and even formatting, you’ll be put aside with the rest of the mediocre applicants. Why should a future boss pay attention to your resume when you didn’t even devote enough time to making sure it’s flawless? There are plenty of equally qualified candidates out there who actually proofread their documents to perfection. Be mindful of mistakes, correct them, and check your resume twice or thrice. That way, little blunders don’t ruin your chances of being considered for the job.
5) You don’t follow instructions.
If you don’t follow instructions, like not including a salary history when specifically told to do so, your resume will be ignored. These instructions may seem minor, but they are a huge factor in determining whether your capacity for attending to details is as it should be. So before you send in your application, make sure that you’ve followed any other guideline or specific order indicated in the job posting.
Employers have various reasons for ignoring resumes, and the ones listed here are only some of them. Find out all you can about the blunders in resume writing. Avoid committing them as much as possible so that your resume is picked up, read, and considered.