Friday, March 4, 2016

Reasons Employers Reject Your Resume

Your Resume
Finding a job is not an easy task, What will make you stand out from the rest of the candidates, if you have the same qualifications and experience? It's your resume. Your resume reaches your prospective recruiter before you do, and makes the first impression.

Reasons Employers Reject Your Resume:
1. Your resume is too long:
A resume is not a book, nor is it an article. Your resume should convey the maximum information in the fewest of words. The longer your resume, the greater the chances of the employer of tossing it aside simply because he/she doesn't have the time to go through it.

Keep these facts in mind when deciding on resume length:

Your resume is a career marketing tool, not an autobiography. Strive to keep your resume concise and focused on your key selling points. Let go of past experiences that don't market you for your current goal. Every word in the resume should sell your credentials and value to a potential employer. You should also leave something to talk about in the interview.
It's common for employers or recruiters to sort through hundreds, or even thousands, of resumes to fill one position. 
Use a one-page resume : 
  •     You have less than 10 years of experience.
  •     You're pursuing a radical career change, and your experience isn't relevant to your new goal.
  •     You've held one or two positions with one employer.
Use a two-page resume:
  •  You have 10 or more years of experience related to your goal.
  • Your field requires technical or engineering skills, and you need space to list and prove your technical knowledge.Put the most important information at the top of the first page. Lead your resume with a career summary so your key credentials appear at the forefront of the resume. On the second page, include a page number and your name and contact information.
Consider a three-page resume or longer :
  •     You're a senior-level manager or executive with a long track record of leadership accomplishments.
  •    You are in an academic or scientific field with an extensive list of publications, speaking engagements, professional courses, licenses or patents.
2. You list irrelevant work experience: Many people take up jobs in more than one field, but this doesn't mean you squeeze in everything in your resume. Your resume should be tailored for the job you are applying for, and unnecessary information should be left out. The recruiter only wants to know your skills that will be of use in the field you are applying for. A crisper resume will show you are focused, and can stick to the task at hand.

3. Typo, bad English: Spelling mistakes and bad grammar are the first things any recruiter will notice. Before giving a detailed look at your resume, a recruiter is most likely to give a cursory glance, and a spelling mistake is something you cannot afford. Proof-read your resume before sending it out.

4. You don't highlight your achievements correctly: Nobody wants to know if you won a painting competition in school. Write out your relevant achievements correctly and also how they have helped the company. Spell out the role you have played and the direct result of your achievement. Explain what exactly you did, the challenges you faced and how you overcame those. Again, it's important to stick to the role you are applying for.

5. You don't have a clear objective: The internet is full of resume objectives, and recruiters probably have them memorized. So don't make the mistake of lifting something off the web. Tailor your objective for the position you are applying for. List out what you intent to do if you get that job. The recruiter should know the goals you have for his/her company specifically.

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