5 Reasons Your Resume Is Getting Rejected

5 Reasons Your Resume Is Getting Rejected

An attention-grabbing and unique resume has always been emphasized as the one that usually gets an applicant the job interview. If you don’t know how to make one, chances are you’re going to need professional help. If you’d rather do your resume all by yourself, you can always get some useful tips from a lot of self-help books and online resources.

A hiring manager doesn’t necessarily “read” your resume from top to bottom. Recruiters will sometimes even read your resume from last page to first page to assess your career trajectory. For the very reason that he or she encounters hundreds of resumes in a single day, the hiring manager already knows what’s wrong with your document with just a single glimpse. What makes for an attention-worthy resume? Do you know what the frequent pitfalls in resume writing are? The following are some resume errors that you shouldn’t commit.

Some of the weak points you should double check:

1. Obsolete objective statement.

It’s sad to say that objective statements don’t cut it these days. They just don’t exist anymore. While it is good to know what your job objectives are, the employer is most interested in what you can bring to their company. Remember, do not ask what the company can do for you, but the other way around. The employer is looking for someone who has the dedication to be accountable.

2. Order of information presented.

If you have more than 2 years of professional experience your education section should be placed at the bottom part of the resume since that is not as relevant as your work history. In cases where you just graduated recently and still have no adequate job experiences, the education section serves as a substitute for work experience.

3. Text emphasis used.

If you’re going to use emphasis in your resume, be sure to use only bold fonts and minimize its usage. It’s never advisable to use a lot of text emphasis and usually, italics is not used. Be sure that the font size and type you’re using are also the standard ones.

4. Type of personal information to include.

If you have certain hobbies, there is no need to include them in your resume since the hiring manager is not and will never be interested with what you do with your free time. In cases where you have hobbies that may significantly contribute to your being hired for the position, you can then include it.

5. Professional experience presentation.

It is your responsibility to engage the employer and convince them that you are the best candidate for an opportunity. Instead of presenting the common responsibilities you have handled in previous companies, you should present your achievements for better results. The best way to impress the employer is to use figures to represent your biggest contributions. The presentation of the resume should also count. As much as possible, make it readable for the employer. Use 3-5 bullet points to distinguish items in a list more easily. The most important part of your resume is the top 1/3rd and the bottom 1/3rd – make those the most compelling.

If you’re still wondering about the true purpose of your resume, yes, it’s all about impressing the employer and it always will be. If you want to get that call you’ve been waiting for, stop thinking about anything else and focus on this one purpose.

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    December 28, 2010 at 7:36 pm
  • HDII Reply

    I find list items 1, 2, 3, and 5 mostly accurate in my own practice and experience. However, I do disagree with a couple other main points within your article. I have more than 16 years’ experience as a hiring manager and can tell you we do spend more than 10-15 seconds on each resume. The short scan of 10-15 seconds happens with HR or the recruiting firm assisting with the requisition when they are saturated with both qualified and non-qualified candidates. The best way to get through the 10-15 second scan is not your resume but active contact. Get on the phone and sell yourself or attempt via email if you do not have a contact’s telephone number. Any decent hiring manager will give a resume that has made it past HR the time it deserves with at least a full, quick, reading.
    Additionally, I completely disagree with #4 – Personal Information. There are three main factors when identifying a solid candidate for a role: can they do the job, will they have continued passion / love / drive for the role, and will they fit in culturally. Especially in today’s talent flooded market, culture fit is more important than ever. One of the few ways to describe yourself for consideration in cultural likeness is through describing who you are as a person both inside [work history and education] and outside the office [hobbies, interests, philanthropy, etc.] I can assure you I have had much success and positive feedback by including this in my own resume as well as actively look for this information in candidates’ resumes I am reviewing.

    March 21, 2014 at 7:12 pm
    • ResumeTarget.com Reply

      Thanks for the feedback, it’s nice to have a hiring manager’s perspective.

      March 25, 2014 at 5:11 pm
  • Michael O'Neil Reply

    While your points are valid, I have come to learn that in order to get a job somewhere, you must know someone. All of the qualifications in the world don’t mean squat unless you are already in the system. Most won’t give you the time of day regardless of your qualifications. So, all this stuff I see about the experts giving expert advice on how to gain employment really doesn’t mean anything. Take the advice of a retired vet with a Masters and a Top Secret Clearance who gets along with almost everybody at the workplace and can still flawlessly accomplish the mission, but who has had trouble securing work consistently over the last four years. YOU GOTTA KNOW SOMEBODY!!!

    October 31, 2014 at 6:23 am

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