The dilemma continues. Applying for jobs relentlessly and never getting called for an interview. Why is this? Is it that you don’t have enough experience? You aren’t suitable for the job? They tossed your resume without even reading it? The thoughts circle your mind as you slowly start to lose motivation. Well take a step back and look at the reality of the situation. What gets you called for an interview? Your resume.
So – if you are applying for jobs all day and not getting any calls, the chances are your resume is turning employers away. In order to find out why this is happening in your particular case I have accumulated a list of as many possible reasons I could find as to why your resume is not getting you interviews. If you find that your resume suffers any or some of these flaws, you need to make a change. You will be happy you did.
- Your qualifications don’t match the job description of the job you are applying for
- Your resume is generic and blends in with all the other applicants’ resumes
- You don’t have a cover letter
- Your cover letter is boring
- Your format is not engaging
- You have a dodgy email address
- Your resume leads with education, rather than work experience
- You have weird hobbies (which is fine, but it doesn’t need to be listed on your resume)
- Your resume is either too short or too long
- You haven’t included dates attached to your employment history
- You have grammatical errors. Proofread!!!
- You have unexplained employment gaps
- You have irrelevant information listed (age, children’s names)
- You have included ALL of your work/educational experience rather than highlights
- You aren’t using keywords
- The employer googled you. (And wasn't impressed with your online reputation)
Though some of the points listed seem very simple, they really can be deal breakers. One measly spelling or grammatical error will completely turn off a recruiter. The resume is supposed to represent you, so if you represent yourself carelessly in the main document you are supposed to have proofread, it puts up a major red flag. You cannot sweep it under the rug if you only witness one or two of the listed errors on your resume. Even one of the errors alone will compel a recruiter to abandon your resume, so it is important to make sure you aren’t distributing these errors on a daily basis. If you still aren't feeling motivated to re-do your resume, take a look at these facts (from an infographic by BeHiring.com) to support the list above:
- There are, on average, 250 resumes received per position posted
- 68% of employers will find you on Facebook
- 76% of resumes are ignored because of an unprofessional email address
- One spelling/grammatical error and your resume will be thrown in the bin
Take another good look at your resume and take time to ensure that you aren’t portraying yourself in a way that will turn off potential employers. It is a common misconception by Job Seekers that your resume is an area that you stuff as much information about your education and career as you can fit into a few pages. This is definitely not the case. Your resume should be simple, to the point, but still engaging. It, after all, is the one thing that gets your foot in the door. Once you are attending your interview - that is your opportunity to really express yourself in detail and be able to gauge how much information the employer actually is looking for. A piece of paper can only show your experience, you can express your personality and passion for your career once you have landed that interview.
If you know any other reasons that I haven’t listed as to why a resume might get ignored, please let us know in the comments below.