The job market is crowded and as a result, a cruel place for a newbie resume writer. If you are not aware of the flaws in resumes and the right approaches toward applying for a job, you will get rejected regardless of your qualifications. Millions of people apply for jobs worldwide on a daily basis, and most of their resumes are rejected for ridiculous reasons.
No matter how ridiculous a reason sounds to you, a simple, unintentional mistake can cause you to never receive word from the company you applied to work in. In the very limited time spent looking at your resume, the most commonly overlooked details are what causes employers to reject your application.
This surely sounds disappointing, but what if we told you there is a way to improve your chances of getting hired? There are some common reasons why most resumes fail. If you are aware of this and avoid the mistakes, you will get much more success with your resume.
Reason no.1: Bad Editing
Many choose to send out their resume with bad editing. Some even send it without editing or proofreading it at all. Even if you have spent hours organizing and writing your resume, chances are you have made at least a couple of mistakes. If not in grammar, then in spelling.
Never, ever send out a resume with grammar and spelling mistakes. If you don’t bother to remove such mistakes and the recruiter notices, your resume will be instantly tossed aside.
Reason no.2: Irrelevancy
The main goal of your job application, resume and cover letter is to show the employer why you are a great fit for the job. If you don’t show relevancy in your resume, why would a recruiter choose you?
Your resume should establish a strong connection between your qualifications and skills, and the job position and demands that come with it. If you add irrelevant job experiences and details, your resume will be rejected.
Reason no.3: Technical Jargon
The goal of a resume is to land you a job or an interview at the very least. Your resume should not serve a purpose to impress someone with your knowledge of technical jargon. There will be times for you to demonstrate your knowledge in the field. But first, you need to tell the employer where and how you attained that knowledge, and how it is relevant for the job position they offer.
Reason no.4: Lies
One of the most detrimental mistakes you can make when writing a resume is a lie. Not only can you be caught in a lie, but this can destroy your shot at getting jobs that are not limited to only the one you applied for. A lie in a resume can ruin your reputation forever, even if it is minor and unintentional.
When editing your resume, make sure everything is factual and real. White lies are not acceptable, even if you think that they’ll increase your chances of getting hired. Employers have many ways to learn if the things in your resume are real, and since they are more and more aware of lies in resumes, they will probably do a background check before they hire you.
Reason 5: No Accomplishments
Do not make a mistake – accomplishments and responsibilities are not the same. When it comes to recruiters, they’ll be more interested to learn what you know to do and how well you do it, rather than what responsibility you had.
So, whenever you mention a responsibility or job title, back it up with accomplishments. This is what will distinguish you from the rest of the applicants.
Reason 6: Inappropriate Contact Information
When we say contact information, we mean e-mail address or website. Whenever you apply for a job, you must provide contact information so that the recruiter can get in touch with you. But, what happens when you apply for a job with an e-mail address like crazyandsexymama@?
Most of the recruiters will stop considering you as a fine candidate once they see such an address. Without a professional and simple address, you will never be considered a professional. So, before you send out your resumes with the contact information in it, create an e-mail address that is professional.
Sometimes, the reasons for not being hired will not be mistakes you’ve made in writing your resume. More often than not, and as a result of the competition on the market, recruiters will reject your resume solely because some other candidate was a better fit for the job position. This doesn’t mean that you are a bad candidate or did a mistake in writing your resume. It simply means that this job was not meant to be yours.
Therefore, your goal is to concern yourself with things about your resume that you can control. By avoiding these mistakes, you are not guaranteeing success, but significantly increasing your chances.