9 Reasons Your Resume Gets Rejected
Of course they worry, we can’t blame them for that and they will likely continue worrying until they find a new job.
However, qualifications are only a small part of the job-search process. Highly qualified job-seekers get rejected every day by recruiters.
So why do these qualified candidates get rejected by employers? Here’s a few reasons:
- The hiring manager changed the spec dramatically from the time it was published (it happens) and now they want someone with 10 years’ experience instead of 5.
- An entry-level resume screener couldn’t understand the words or their context on the resume or application.
- The company is using a resume screening software that uses keyword search and it can’t tell who’s qualified and who isn’t.
- The job applicant is too qualified and the recruiter assumes they’ll ask for too much money so they reject it before asking the critical question, “What is your target salary?”
- One little tiny bullet point was left out and even though it wasn’t an essential requirement, the job recruiter decided it was and tossed it into the trash.
- Whether it’s age, education, or some irrelevant factor, the applicant doesn’t fit the profile that the hiring manager has in mind.
- Even though the job applicant has a highly relevant background and is qualified, their experience is from a different industry and the person screening resumes doesn’t see their relevance.
- They’ve been out of work for a while so their application is automatically rejected.
- Even though they’re highly qualified for the job, the hiring manager decides to hire an old college buddy.
So, even though you might be qualified for a job opening, there is no guarantee you’ll get the job offer, or even make it in for an interview. So, what can a job-seeker do? We’ll give you some options in our next blog, “How to Get Past the Resume Rejection Pile.” Stay tuned!