Job searching can be a long and difficult process, and it's not always easy to know what your potential employers are looking for in your resume. There are a lot of reasons employers will put a resume into the "no" pile, and today, we're going to look at some of the most common reasons candidate will get passed over in the job search.
Sometimes, a candidate is simply not qualified for the job they're applying for. To make sure this isn’t your situation, articulate all relevant skills in your resume. Skills like typing speed, bilingualism, proficiency in Excel and Photoshop, computer knowledge - the list goes on. Skills that might not seem like a big deal to you can be the deciding factor between getting a job over another candidate.
A lot of job candidates submit applications with lackluster references. Whether they be professional or personal references, it's important to have a fully fleshed-out reference list with accurate contact information for your potential employer to follow up on. Make sure you ask your reference for permission before you include them on your reference list, and make sure you know exactly what they'll say about you to your potential employer. Glowing references can make or break a job for you.
One of the most common requirements for any job, especially skilled ones, is relevant experience. Many jobs will require you to have a certain number years of experience with relevant programs and in relevant fields. However, applying previous experience in interesting ways on your resume can also go a long way in showing a smart hiring manager why you may be the right fit. Having less experience than another potential hire is undoubtedly a disadvantage, but finding clever ways to apply your experiences to new fields can close the gap.
Many individuals will have gaps in the employment section of their resume. This isn't necessarily a deal-breaker for most employers, however, it becomes a much bigger issue when the gap goes unexplained. If you took a year off of work to raise a child or start a personal endeavor, make sure to explain the gap in employment on your resume so employers know you weren't just doing nothing with the time that's unaccounted for.
Your resume is your first impression to potential employers, and it should always be well laid-out and fully developed with all of the appropriate fields. When the hiring manager is going through the stack of resumes on their desk, they'll immediately discard any that don't fit their standards or look difficult to decipher.
The biggest hurdle when applying for a new job is the hiring manager. This person or group of people are the final decision when it comes to being hired at any job. You may lose a job you've applied to for no reason other than the hiring manager already deciding to hire a friend or acquaintance. Networking is your best friend when it comes getting your foot in the door at a new job.