So you sent off your application and/or resume for that job you thought you were well qualified for? it’s been two weeks and still no call or follow-up from them? Here’s a few easy fixes that could be landing your application/resume in a rejection pile.
- The TMI email address:
sexikitten33@___.com Hey, I’m all for sexy kittens, but they don’t belong in the workplace, sorry. Well, the exception being Hugh Hefner’s workplace. ha. when a recruiter/manager views your resume. this is their only image of you, and your email is a glimpse of that. Using something “inappropriate” displays a lack of awareness and professionalism, to say the least. It may seem trivial, but when a recruiter has a competitive hiring process with several qualified candidates there is no room for sexikittens. but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with your address think recruiterwhitney or ITtom.
- Blank sections on your application:
Recruiters review tons of applications per day. An applicant who leaves blank sections appears uninterested and lazy. Not a great starting point. Also be sure that even if you included a resume, that you still post your information within the body of the application. yes, it sucks. I agree, employers need to get on board with shorter application processes, but until then, do right or not at all.
If taking the time to fill out each section of the application sounds daunting then maybe this job isn’t for you. Save yourself the time and don’t half-halfheartedly apply.
- Generic resumes and forgetting to change it up:
“I am excited to join ABC,” when applying to company XYZ. Wow, I’m sure XYZ company is excited for you to join ABC too! Yes, this really happens! Be sure to review your resume before submitting it. Easy fix, that could ruin your chances to be considered.
- Spelling and Grammar:
A resume/application with spelling and grammar errors looks careless. Let’s say you’re applying to a job with the responsibility of balancing money or completing company financials. Accuracy will be pivotal, so spelling and grammar errors on an application are a huge red flag. Always proofread. Don’t be this person: “Responsible for profreading and editing communications for company … “
- Bad-mouthing your previous employer:
“Bad” employers really do exist. However, what you say about your previous employer, manager or coworker is more revealing of you than it is of them. Diplomacy, professionalism and the ability to look for resolution are important qualities to managers. Qualities they will be looking for during the hiring process. Keep the “Reason for Leaving” section on your application positive. What sounds better to you? “Ready to take the next step in my career.” vs. “No support for career goals, stuck in a dead-end job, no room for growth.”
Okay, so no one really does these things, right? Ha. You’d be surprised. Recruiting, I have seen these repeated mistakes again and again. I tend to look past such mistakes. However, MOST hiring managers will not be as “open” to these mistakes.
If you aren’t getting called back on your applications or resumes, don’t get discouraged. Try to find a way to improve for next time – even if it is just tweaking your resume a bit. A friend or colleague may be able to give you an outside perspective. Or feel free to email me your resume, and I will lend you a few quick tips… firstname.lastname@example.org