One of the most frustrating parts of any job application is when you send in your resume, and you don’t get an interview. It can feel like you haven’t fully had the opportunity to sell yourself as you never got the chance to meet your potential new employers. Here’s a look at three of the reasons why your resume might not be delivering the job interviews you want.
Not enough qualifications listed
One of the first things that anybody looking at your resume will look for is your qualifications. If you don’t have the right level of qualifications that they’re looking for, it’s highly likely that your resume will just be thrown in the bin. While this might seem harsh, if a recruiter has to get through a large number of resumes quickly, this is one of the best and quickest ways to separate those who have a chance of securing the job and those who don’t. You might think that you have the right qualifications for the job, but more and more employees are looking for more specific qualifications that specialize in certain areas.
For example, if you’ve passed a business degree, you probably had so many things to learn as part of the course that you only spent a little time learning each skill. If an employer thinks a certain skill is vital for the job, they might not be convinced that you’ve got the experience to pull off that task. Instead, why not take a further course that specializes in a certain area. For example, you can kickstart your career with an online MBA that focus on a wide range of specific topics that employers are really looking for. Having one of these qualifications on your resume is a great way of making sure you make it to the interview stages of the application process.
Make sure you stand out
As well as qualifications, it’s important that you include other aspects in your resume that will help you stand out. Many employers will be looking for real-life experience. Include as many examples of this as possible. These experiences don’t have to be paid roles; they can be examples where you worked as an intern for free, took responsibilities as part of a role in a university group, or even examples where you created your own projects. Make sure you include any hobbies or interests that you think could help in the role. For example, if you’re a keen photographer in your spare time, this skill could become really handy if you’re applying for a job in marketing.
Check for mistakes
One of the most important things to do with your resume is to check it for any mistakes before you send it off. You want to show yourself as professional, has a high level of writing, and checks their work thoroughly for mistakes. One simple spelling or grammar mistake can give the opposite impression. As spelling mistakes are often hard to spot, ask a friend or family member to look over your resume as well before you save it and send it off.
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