Have you ever seen a job advertised, and thought that the position description was written specifically for you and your skillset? Perhaps you then went on to apply for the role, feeling very confident that you will receive a call from the hiring manager. You have prepared answers for the call, and are ready to talk about what a great fit for the role and company you are. Then, all you hear is radio silence, or maybe if you’re lucky, a generically worded rejection email. It is likely that you are making some common mistakes on your resume.
What are you doing wrong? Well, it could be several things, but it most likely involves one or more of the following points. By improving on these, you will improve the way your resume presents to hiring managers, and increase the likelihood of getting that first round screening call you have been hoping for.
We suggest that you reference this list, and get several people (family and friends) to also read over your resume before you submit it to any roles.
- A generalised resume that is not tailored to each role you apply to.
- Information in the wrong places, i.e. volunteer positions on the first page rather than the last.
- Irrelevant information (no one cares if you won the year 8 spelling bee).
- Failure to demonstrate results.
- Using your photo on your resume (don’t give us more reason to judge you, your experience should do all the talking).
- Poor grammar and spelling.
- Poor formatting.
- No personality.
- Improper use of keywords.
Hiring managers receive on average, 250 applications per job advertisement. This isn’t even counting the internal applications they may also have to get through. Obviously, recruiters and hiring managers are very busy and have deadlines they have to adhere to. To even be considered, this means that you have to not only have a good resume, but an exceptional one. According to Glassdoor, the average recruiter spends only 7 seconds scanning a resume before deciding if they are interested in you or not. Clearly you have to get it right. The difference between an ‘ok’ or ‘good’ resume and an exceptional one can be the difference between your resume ending up in the shredder or on the desk of the hiring manager.
If you find that you have attempted to make these changes, asked for feedback from family and friends (and even hiring managers who have rejected you) but are still not getting anywhere, then perhaps it is time to consider hiring a professional. The issue you are facing is, unfortunately, a very common one. It is normal to feel stressed and helpless when you receive rejection after rejection. There are plenty of common mistakes to avoid when writing a resume, but no matter how cautious you are, there’s still a chance you will overlook something that can sabotage your efforts. Want to avoid those common mistakes? Get a resume evaluation today from the experts at Resumes Australia. You will get timely, detailed feedback on your resume with an evaluation of the changes needed to ensure you are successful in your next application.