You are tired and lost hope because the call that you were eagerly awaiting never seemed to materialize. Day in and day out, you are constantly logging in to job boards applying for one job after another but there just seems to be no response from employers. Sounds familiar? Read on
You have a perfect resume & tons of experience yet your resume doesn’t seem to elicit interest. You would have applied to a dozen jobs but have no clue why you have not received a single call. Well, fret not, you are not alone. Infact, majority of the job seekers go through this roller coaster ride.
I review hundreds of resumes every day and interview scores of talents for positions ranging from a Software Developer, Testing, Products, UI/UX till the leadership roles. I believe im qualified enough to shed some light on what would have happened after you submitted your resume.
I will keep this post crisp and simple. Instead of writing a dozen paragraphs (boring), I will break this down to simple pointers which will outline a clear message for you to understand
First things first – Your Resume
One of the most fundamental problems in job hunting is having a poor quality resume. Your resume must be a sharply honed document that clearly showcases your experience, traits, exposure, qualification & achievements.
You don’t have to be creative, just make it simple. No colors, graphics nor confusing charts. Just keep it plain and simple.
Not a match: It’s common to apply for multiple jobs in one go. Usually, jobseekers check the relevant jobs and apply to all in one go. This is the single biggest mistake if you also follow it. Every job is different and for the same role different companies have their own hiring criteria. Focus on the educational requirement, the skill sets, industry exposure etc…
For example: Company A is hiring Java Architects with 6 – 9 years of experience. They need only BE/Btech from a CS background with experience in a product/eComm firm
I have noticed that candidates with BCA/Diploma from a service company apply to such jobs and rant about not getting interview calls through emails/calls/social media. Well, you may have all the skills but this company needs a few specifics and we have to abide. Likewise for all other open roles.
So, read and reread the Job Descriptions before you apply. Spray and pray approach will never ever give you results.
Overqualified: This is another major reason candidate’s resumes get ignored. For that fact, even underqualified. Every role comes with an experience bracket and we just need to stick with it. If a company is hiring for Fullstack Developers and they are asking for a Min 4+ years’ experience and a Max 8 years’ experience it clearly means they need a minimum 4 years’ experience and maximum being 8 years. Noting less nothing more.
Didn’t follow directions: You didn't supply all the information requested or follow the directions for the application. An easy way for employers to narrow the applicant pool is to eliminate the candidates who didn’t provide the requested information. If you couldn’t follow instructions when you applied, the employer may doubt that you would be able to do so if you were hired. Make sure you’ve covered all the bases, especially when you apply online for a job.
For example: If there is a questionnaire, ensure you answer all of the questions. Answers like - It’s there in my resume, NIL, NA and just leaving it black would hardly help you progress to the next step
Mistakes: There were grammatical and/or spelling errors in your documents. It’s not always easy to catch your own mistakes. Carefully proofread all your job application documents, and, if you can, have someone else look them over for you.
Generic cover letter: Your cover letter was generic and not tailored to the job. The goal of a cover letter is to sell your accomplishments. You should write about what you can offer the company, not what you want in a job. Be specific, and customize your cover letters so they highlight your best attributes.
Job hopping: The hiring manager may have concerns about a pattern of job hopping in your background. If you’re worried about being considered a job hopper, you can tweak your resume to deemphasize the number of times you’ve changed jobs.
Employment gaps: There are unexplained gaps in your employment. Glaring gaps on your resume could be a red flag for a prospective employer. At the least, they will wonder what you were doing during the time you weren’t gainfully employed. There are ways you can make employment gaps less obvious on your resume so you have a better shot at getting an interview.
Relocation: You live outside of the area, and the employer prefers local candidates. Many employers need local candidates for specific roles
Hired an internal candidate: This happens more number of times than we think. Companies open their roles and abruptly put an end to it. This is especially true from the agency point of view. Companies end up hiring through employee referrals or just hire someone internally
Finally, Are you taking the ATS seriously?
In today’s world, a human doesn’t often lay eyes on your resume until it’s been screened through the applicant tracking system (ATS). These systems are designed to organize and sort applications, as well as screen candidates based on specific criteria. That’s why you need to format your resume in an ATS-friendly way.
Take some time to evaluate your application. Make sure you have the right experience for the job and that you have nailed all the correct criteria when applying. Be clear and concise. Don’t give someone a reason to overlook you.
Many times, candidates don’t understand why they’re not getting called for interviews. But it’s almost always because of one or more of the resume mistakes listed above. If you need help with yours, contact the resume writing experts at Staffio HR.