The Twelve Steps of Rejection, Part 2
This week I am finishing up with the last half of my list of
the 12 reasons why your resume may have been rejected.
6. Too generic. You submitted a one-size-fits-all resume.
Job seekers often fall into the trap of thinking that they only need to create
ONE resume. In today's job market employers want to see resumes that are tailored
to each position. Customizing your resume shows an employer that you are
interested in that specific position and that you cared enough to take a few
minutes to craft a resume that fits. This is one of the reasons why I don't
advocate hiring someone to create your resume for you. One resume simply cannot
meet the requirements of every position.
5. The job skills you listed sound suspiciously like the
definition of an NP or PA. I read a lot of resumes and for some reason in the
majority of them the job seeker describes their work experience with some
version of this: "Performs physicals, interprets labs, prescribing and patient
education" or "manage acute and chronic conditions." To which I say, "No
4. Mind the gaps! Dates have to be sequential. You must
explain any gaps in your employment that are longer than a month. Unaccounted
for time in your resume is a huge red flag. If you were out of work then
acknowledge the fact with a brief entry so that you don't look like you are
hiding anything. There are lots of legitimate reasons that you may have been
unemployed but an employer just sees the gaps. If you were out on maternity
leave, caring for a family member, or the last clinic you worked at went broke
and laid you off then just say it!
3. "TLTR" Do you know what that means? "Too long to read."
Resumes that are more than 2 pages tend to get ignored. Recruiters and hiring
managers skim when reviewing a resume. This means that you better have your
most important info on the top of the first page or it may not be seen. And the
more that you can have on the first page the better because the reader may
never get to the 2nd and 3rd pages.
2. Show your credentials. Believe it or not job seekers
often forget to include their licenses and certifications. NPs are particularly
prone to omitting their nursing license on a resume. This is critical, because
the first reviewer may actually be a computer program, and if you leave off
credentials you may appear not to meet the requirements of the job.
1. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Get to the point. Resumes that
contain too much irrelevant information, such as non-pertinent, non-medical
jobs or skills, obscure the very point you wished to make. Employers are only
interested in reading what qualifies you for their position. Remember, the
purpose of the resume is to market yourself and get you an interview. Irrelevant
information does not accomplish that goal.
Editor's note: Click
here to check out reasons 12-7.