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Are Recruiters Ignoring Your Resume?

Published January 21, 2015 8:03 AM by Renee Dahring
Are you becoming frustrated because you have been applying for jobs and don't receive any response? Does it seem that even though you have all the right qualifications that your applications are still unanswered? 

Time to take a look at your tactics. 

Here are 3 reasons that recruiters will ignore you and your resume.

  1. You submitted a generic resume. Resumes are not "one size fits all." Many applicants erroneously believe they can create one master resume and it will be sufficient for each and every job application. Well, it isn't. I don't care whether jobs are plentiful or tight, employers still expect to receive a resume that is tailored to the position for which you are applying. In other words, if you are applying for a position working with elderly patients you can safely leave off your pediatric skills. In fact, leaving descriptions of those unasked for skills on your resume is a signal to a potential employer. Your resume is a marketing tool and when you try to market skills for which an employer has no interest you come off looking like you didn't pay any attention to the job description. Yes, it takes a little extra time to customize your resume for each job but if you really want to be considered for the position you will put in the additional effort.
  2. Death by mass application. If you are clicking and submitting an application for every NP or PA opening within an organization you won't be taken seriously. Multiple applications say "I am desperate" rather than "I really want to work for you." Every recruiter can name least at least a dozen applicants names that they are sick of seeing come across their computer screen. You really need to avoid multiple applications because it can cause even the most qualified candidates to be ignored - it's that serious of an error. I mean no one can be a good fit for every job! Be aware too that this is a mistake that can have a very long half-life and can haunt you for years to come because digital applications often stay in the system for a very long time.
  3. Seeking specialty jobs unrelated to your current specialty. There is nothing wrong with wanting to make a practice change but if you wish to leave one specialty for another you better provide some context for the recruiter. If you don't, they may assume you are motivated by other reasons, such as salary or hours, rather than the position. Take a few minutes to compose a cover letter explaining your motivation for change. Better yet call and talk to a real person so they can keep an eye out for your application. Many organizations use a computer program to sort through resumes and may not see your resume as a potential match if your experience has been in a different specialty.
posted by Renee Dahring

1 comments

I never really thought about it, but this article makes so much sense. It answers the questions I had (to myself), as to why I've not received response. Wow, this is definitely information I will use, with my future applications. Thank you so much for opening my eyes!

Zena Osakwe, cardiology - NP, VA January 30, 2015 5:56 PM
Billings MT

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