The Real Reasons Why Your Resume Is Being Rejected

Monday 22 September, 2014

Why Your Resume Is Being Rejected


5 Real Reasons Why Your Resume Is Being Rejected


There are countless reasons why your resume will be rejected. The trick is to not take it personally because seriously, it’s not always about you. There are certain steps you should take to make sure your resume is the best it can be, but once it’s sent, it’s out of your hands.


You have to realise that employers need to sort through piles of applicants to find the right one and if there is the slightest reason to put yours in the bin pile, then that’s where it will end up.


Spelling Mistakes and Grammatical Errors


I’ve made it clear in some of my past blog posts that having spelling errors on your resume & your cover letter is a huge mistake. I know for many people this may seem obvious, however, it’s a problem that seems to occur more often than not.


I was having lunch on the weekend with a friend of mine who is a primary school teacher. She was telling me about how she was handed an application for a casual teaching position they had going where the applicant had actually written ‘teeching’ rather than ‘teaching’. We laughed and she added, “Anyway, it went straight to the bin”. If you don’t want your CV to end up there too, then start proof reading.




Quality over quantity, people! It was just last week that OneShift received a resume in the mail that was eight pages long. The italics are meant to stress the ridiculousness of the situation. Keep it short, keep it sweet (i.e. relevant). No one wants to read your life story.




Imagine you have hundreds of resumes to sort through. It’s almost impossible to read them all, so you sort through them by other means. In other words, if your formatting is dull and boring, it might not even get a second glance.


If you need a little more advice about what to avoid, have a read of this: 10 Cringe Worthy Things To Put On Your Resume.


Social Stalking


It’s a fact that if employers want to know more about you, they will take to social media. They will sift through your photos to discover what you’re really like. If they don’t like what they find…well, you know.


You can change your security settings or you can make your profiles a little more presentable, whatever it is, be aware of the image you are presenting to the online world.


It Never Even Got A Chance


The most honest reason why your resume got rejected? No one even looked at it. Sometimes the most important aspect of applying for a job is timing. If you don’t get that right, you won’t get the chance. Try not to take it personally.

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