26 Dec

Reasons Why Your Resume Is Being Ignored

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Sending your resume out to employers time after time with no response can be very frustrating, especially if you don’t receive any feedback on your application. So why is your resume being ignored? Here are a few reasons why your resume may not be having the impact you want it to have.

It’s Too Long

Employers receive hundreds of emails and resumes for every job they advertise so they really don’t have a lot of time to read through pages and pages of text. On average an employer will look at your resume for up to 30 seconds before deciding whether to read on and whether to invite you to an interview. If your resume is pages and pages long and is not concise then it’s likely that the employer will get bored and move on to the next resume. Assess your resume length and try to reduce it to two pages or less to make it interesting to read.

They Can’t Read It

If your resume is littered with spelling mistakes then it may be quickly ignored. An employer will get frustrated because not only will it make your resume very difficult to read but it will suggest that you have rushed your application and that you haven’t take the time to apply for the role. Before you send out your resume ensure you proof read it for any errors.

It’s Badly Designed

With so many resumes to look at, an employer is likely to dismiss those that don’t stand out including those that don’t look good. A poorly laid out resume can be confusing to read and will not stand out from the crowd. To ensure yours does start looking at resume samples to get an idea of design and start refreshing your resume.

It’s Not Relevant

One of the most important aspects of resume writing is personalising your resume to suit a job role and the company. If you don’t include work experience, skills and qualifications that demonstrate you are right for the job then the employer may feel you are not qualified and may not read your resume. Ensure that you include your key skills and experience and use the personal statement section of your resume to highlight your expertise. Spend time on personalising your application and explaining why you think you are the right person for the role and also tell the employer why you want to work for them.

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