5 Reasons Your Resume Isn't Getting Read

Are you tired of being rejected for job openings? Employers will often discard resumes because of common mistakes. These resume crimes are not something you should do.

1. Your resume does not match the job posting.

People who have been out of work for a while are finding it increasingly difficult to find employment. Many are willing to work in janitorial or fast food jobs because they are desperate. Employers should not be confused if you are applying for multiple types of jobs. Your application should demonstrate why you are the right fit for the job. If you send a resume for a job that is not related to what you have done professionally in the past, it is important to update your resume to show how the experience relates to the position you are applying for. You should get rid of any certifications or memberships in associations that are not relevant. Consider the skills that the hiring authority will need for the position and focus your resume on those qualities. This is also true for career-changers. Your resume should contain as much relevant information as possible.

2. Computers can’t read your resume.

Computer software is used by many agencies and firms to scan resumes to reduce the amount that can be read by humans. Software searches for keywords, which are words that are common in the context of the job. Your resume may fail the first test if it is not rich in keywords. Marketing keywords include: relationship building, social networking, public relations and generate revenue.

3. You are “overqualified”. You are “overqualified”.

You may be a career manager but are applying for a job as a receptionist or retail cashier. Employers view you as a temporary employee who can quickly move on when they find the job you want but cannot secure it. You may also have higher qualifications than the person who was the supervisor for the job you applied. Hiring managers might view you as a threat to the job. They may believe that you are serious about their job and have a plan to climb quickly. Consider explaining your reasons for applying in your cover letter if you feel that you are not qualified. You can also modify your resume to remove higher qualifications and highlight the skills that are equivalent to the job.

4. There are errors in your resume.

These errors are noticed by hiring personnel and can be a problem. All of us have grammar and spell-check software. Make sure you use it. You will look lazy and unprofessional. Avoid using manager where manager should be used. Spell-check will tell you if it passes but not when it is incorrectly used.

5. There are unresolved gaps in the work history.

Describe any gaps in your cover letters. Employers may not be interested in your cover letter, but they will notice any gaps and want to understand why. Employers should be assured that you have recovered from an illness or accident and are available to work again. If you had the option, say so. Women are often stay-at home moms for several years. You can mention anything you did in the time gap to keep up with technology and information in your industry. Mention any associations where you were active.

The current job market is slowing down, which means that it may take longer to get job offers. You may be in an occupation where there are hundreds of applicants for one job. Many people fall for the same mistakes.