10 reasons the recruiter disregarded your Résumé

There are many reasons why a recruiter may end up disregarding your résumé.

Here are the most common 10 reasons:

1. The photo on your résumé is a selfie with a duckface in a car or a nightclub: Not very professional, remove the photo altogether.

2. You are lying: Professional recruiters are trained to find those inconsistencies; good luck with that.

3. You applied to 5 totally different job vacancies in the same company: Err, where exactly do you think you fit? This shows that you are not targeted and don’t know what you want.

4. You applied to a job where you clearly don’t have the required qualifications: When a company does not advertise the job you are looking for, send your résumé by email with a cover letter instead of applying to the wrong job and burning your chances to be considered later on.

5. Your résumé is 8 pages long: Recruiters have thousands of résumés to read per day and they will not spend more than a minute on yours so write smart. Stick to one page if you have 5 years of experience or less, 2 if you have more.

6. Your résumé is not written in proper English: Check the English the company uses on their website.

7. You dismissed critical information: No one is going to call to ask which university you attended, how long you worked in a company and what exactly were your accomplishments. Make sure it is all there.

8. You sent your résumé by mail 5 times, by hand 4 times and already called 3 times: A bad impression won’t get you anywhere. When there is a vacancy and a green light for the budget, interviews will take place. You will miss your chance with this approach. (Not talking about pistons)

9. Your résumé is full of typos: Spell check and get other people to read it! Pay attention to details. Communication whether written or oral is one of the prime skills employers look for these days.

10. You sent your résumé to 19 other companies in the same email (obvious in the TO) or the company was in BCC: Please take the time to send a personalized e-mail to each company showing that you actually made an effort to show genuine interest.

Again, there are many other reasons that may have nothing to do you.

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