The Twelve Steps of Rejection
Hey, it's not the Twelve Days of Christmas, but to get into
the spirit of the season I will share with you twelve reasons that can cause
your resume to be rejected (and employers will never tell you!).
12. You live too far away. The out of state address and
phone number on your resume have employers concerned that your relocation might
turn into their headache. They worry that you won't be able to sell your home,
your family might talk you out of moving and finally that because you don't
have ties to the community you won't stick around.
11. Your resume showed up by snail mail or fax. I know it's
almost 2014, but there are still a few applicants out there that insist on
submitting a resume the old fashioned way. Hard copies end up in the trash or
in a pile on a desk. It's a digital world and employers are a little frightened
by job seekers that aren't comfortable using technology.
10. Your resume is over formatted. You used so many tabs,
tables or special effects and formatting doo-dads that when you uploaded or cut
and pasted your resume into the employers online application system it became a
garbled mess and totally unreadable.
9. You applied for
every job that was posted and therefore you now have multiple applications in
the system. This can be a red flag for employers. Applying for anything and
everything makes you look either desperate or like you really aren't sure what it
is you want.
8. Missing dates.
Contrary to what you may have heard you need to include the date of your graduation
and for each place of employment. When
applicants omit dates it makes an employer think the job seeker may be trying
to hide something. In fact, many employers have their applicant tracking
systems set up to automatically exclude applications with missing dates.
7. You decided to go with a functional format rather than
chronological. I know some job seekers do this because they believe by putting
a bunch of the keywords from the job description in to a "skills" section it is
more likely to trigger a match. The trouble with this strategy is that while it
may indeed get the computer to flag you as a match it doesn't do so well with a
human reviewer. Detaching your skills from the setting where you performed them
just creates confusion. It's important for an employer to know where and when
you last used these skills. Oh, and it's really obvious to a "live" person that
you were trying to game the system by loading up the keywords.
Stayed tuned! I will finish the list in my next blog.