One of the biggest frustrations for job seekers is sending out dozens – maybe even hundreds – of résumés and not getting any interviews. You may know you are the perfect fit for those jobs, but no employers are calling you back. Your résumé is not working; so what seems to be the problem?
We asked some of our Employment Advisors why résumés aren’t successful. Here are the top three reasons:
1) Spelling and grammatical errors:
Typos in a résumé are the fastest way to get it rejected. Fortunately, this is also the easiest problem to correct. Have your résumé reviewed by someone who is good at spelling and grammar AND is a native speaker of the language in which your résumé is written.
2) You didn’t follow instructions:
Think of the instructions for submitting your résumé as your first job task for that employer. If the job posting instructs you to email a résumé and cover letter, do that. If the posting says upload a résumé, then that is what you do. If you don’t follow the first instruction from a potential employer, what will you be like on the job?
3) You are applying for jobs in a highly competitive market:
The purpose of a résumé is to show how you meet the requirements of the job and what sets you apart from the other applicants. This is especially true when you are looking for work in a highly competitive market. If you are applying for work in a competitive market, here are three questions to ask yourself about your résumé:
- Do you have the skills, experience and qualifications asked for in the job posting?
Recruiters and hiring managers will skip your résumé if you don’t show that you have most of the required qualifications.
- Does your résumé show how you stand out from the competition? Don’t just create a list of past duties and job tasks; list what you accomplished at your former jobs. Your past achievements are indicators of what you can do in the future.
- Have you tailored the résumé to fit the job? Recruiters and hiring managers get frustrated by generic résumés that give no clues to what job you are applying for and that don’t show how you match that job. Your résumé needs to make a clear connection between your background and position you want.
Need more help? Here is a great article on résumé tips from the Muse.