5 Reasons Why an Employer Will Ignore Your Resume
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.
Five Things You Shouldn’t Mention in an Interview
We all know that a job interview is not a great venue for angry rants, scatological humor or embarrassing personal stories. But there are few topics that often sneak their way into an interview conversation and trip up even the most prepared and well-meaning candidates. If it looks like your interview is heading in any of the following dangerous directions, sound the alarm and change course. Don’t bring up these subjects on your own, and if your interviewer asks about them directly, keep your answers brief, maintain control over the conversation and move onto another topic as quickly as possible.
If you were laid off from your previous position through no fault of your own, you can discuss this freely. But if you were fired, especially due to a personality conflict, cultural mismatch or failed project, talk about this with extreme caution. Focus on the positive, and discuss only what you learned from the experience. Be very careful not to say anything that may be construed as anger or resentment. And no matter what, keep this discussion short. A good rule of thumb: if you’ve been talking for more than eight full seconds without interruption from your interviewer, it’s time to stop.
2. Deal breakers.
If you know you can’t accept this job without specific handicap accommodations, a flexible schedule, or compensation for your moving expenses, you’ll need to bring these things up before you accept an offer. But let the offer happen first. Unless you’re asked, don’t address these obstacles during your interview. Just stay focused on your skills and credentials.
3. Scandals, weaknesses, or problems within your former company.
Be cautious about this for two reasons: first, of course, any association with these scandals, no matter how remote, may reflect poorly on you. But also, your willingness to freely discuss private and embarrassing internal information may lead your interviewer to question your sense of discretion and loyalty.
4. Your previous salary.
It’s never a good idea to voluntarily offer your previous salary history too early in the game, since this can weaken your position in negotiations later. In fact, if you’re asked for your previous salary, you’re under no obligation to answer. You can simply state that you’ll talk about it when the time comes, and then get back to focusing on your skills and what you have to offer.
5. Gossip and industry name dropping.
Many cities and industry social circles are smaller than they might appear on the surface, and if you state a specific person’s name, there’s a chance your interviewer may have crossed paths with this person at an earlier point in her career. So don’t make or imply any statements that may be construed as snark, gossip, rumor or personal criticism.
While you’re at it, don’t make disparaging remarks about your company’s projects or even those of other competitors in this industry. For all you know, this person may have worked for these companies in the past, may have worked on some of those projects, or may have worked for or with the people you mention.
No matter what you decide to say, keep the tone of your interview professional. And keep your comments—even the implications of your comments—positive, generous, accurate and diplomatic.