20 Jun

Getting Lost In The Crowd: 5 Reasons Why Your Resume Gets Ignored

Posted by Jamie Dargie

The media is suggesting that there are more jobs currently available than there are people applying for them. Somehow, that might not make sense to you if you are sticking to a resume template that is not getting enough responses. It can be very frustrating, but you should not feel you're being ignored because you are incompetent. The challenges may arise in the way you are drafting your resume and how you are marketing your skills.

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There could be a hundred different types of jobs out there, and a hundred different skills required to get each one of them. But the only thing that can get you across to an interview is your resume. So, choosing a resume template is an exercise you must invest time in.

1. Your Resume is Heavy on Skills, Light on Accomplishments

A resume is more than just a job title and a few industry-standard While you should start every job description with an action verb, you must have some facts and figures. When you look at the jobs you have held, try to find one stand out accomplishment for each job, one that has figures and specifics behind it. That should be enough for your job description. 

2. The Reader Doesn't Understand You

Because you work in technical or engineering areas you can be forgiven for using jargon and acronyms in your daily conversations. However, you should not let either dominate your resume’s text. It is because the person reading your resume may not have any idea what you're talking about. Wherever possible, use ordinary English as opposed to highly technical words.

3. You Are Not Being Picked Up by the Software (Why?)

Yes, hiring managers and recruiters review dozens of pages of resumes. However, the days of a stack of resumes on the desk are fading into the past. Increasingly, more companies are using applicant tracking software to sort through the resumes.

The software is looking for keywords and you need to be aware of this. One way of finding good keywords is to check the job description of the position you are applying for. You can take the opportunity to do some job interview questions mining, because the job description gives some idea of what an interviewer will ask. If you want some help with keywords, there are some keyword tools on the Internet you can use.

4. You're Not Properly Managing Your Social Media (How?)

You’re marketing yourself whenever you do a job hunt and send out resumes. You must be able to use all your tools to secure a job. Social media accounts are extremely important. LinkedIn and Facebook can bring you and your resume to the attention of many hiring managers and employment recruiters.

Don't underestimate what LinkedIn can do for you. There are some LinkedIn Groups that recruiters will look at when they are trying to fill positions. Your LinkedIn profile should mirror your resume.

Facebook is used to corroborate what you say about yourself. Be careful what you post on your Facebook account because recruiters will look at it. A reason why they might not consider your resume is that they have checked your Facebook and determined that you are immature and not as reliable as you claim you are. Get rid of those wild spring break photos!

5. You Are Not Taking Your Job Hunt Seriously

The shotgun approach to job hunting, when you send your resume to all kinds of places, is a waste of time and postage. You will not get the kind of results you wish to receive. A rifled approach, only applying for those jobs you have a chance of getting, is what you need to do.

Please don't think that your technical skills are so unique that nobody else has them. Others do, and they may be more aggressive when it comes to looking for a job. You have competition out there and you must recognize that fact.

When we say,” taking the job search seriously,” we mean that you should have a plan of action behind everything you do. You must decide what employers are your target, how effectively you will use your social media accounts, and how your resume is going to be composed. You can spend some time thinking of the types of interview questions which will be asked based on your resume. That will sharpen your responses in the job interview itself.  

The above may be a bitter medicine to swallow but it is good for you. You have talents and skills to contribute to the success of any organization. You can secure the position you want if you are willing to make some changes to your resume, add a compelling cover letter and take a serious look at marketing your expertise.

Be optimistic about your chances. You can turn things around easily and get recruiters and hiring managers to notice you. It is not rocket science but realizing you need to polish the stone a little bit. If you follow the suggestions above, you can improve your chances of getting that great job you want.


Jamie Dargie

Jamie is responsible for leading, developing, and executing the vision, strategy, and business objectives for Eastern Canada, including Toronto and Montreal. A recruitment expert across three continents for over 20 years, Jamie possesses deep industry knowledge having run multi-disciplinary teams for international and domestic recruitment campaigns within contingent search and workforce management for RPO and MSP projects.

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