6 Reasons Why Companies Are Ignoring Your Laying Resume

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People throw shredded paper (perhaps a resume, built from bad resume templates) from a balcony in New York City | Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

6 Reasons Why Companies Are Ignoring Your Laying Resume

On theِ job hunt, youِ canِ do everythingِ right andِ still comeِ awayِ empty handed.
Finding a good, well-paying job isِ one ofِ the mostِ stressful andِ difficult thingsِ you canِ do, andِ when youِ send inِ application afterِ application withoutِ soِ muchِ asِ anِ email orِ phone call inِ return, itِ canِ send youِ intoِ a downward spiral.
Perhaps it’s yourِ cover letter or theِ resume youِ pieced togetherِ using oneِ ofِ those internet resume templates.

Separating yourself from the crowd

What’s theِ trick toِ making sureِ your resume isn’t quickly cast aside, inِ favor ofِ other candidates.
But thereِ reallyِ isn’t — itِ requires a number ofِ things.
It’ll takeِ someِ extra work, andِ you’ll haveِ to spend time toِ makeِ sure yourِ CV, cover letter, andِ interviewing skills areِ on-point.

A garden-variety applicant with a document built using boring resume templates | Source: iStock

1. You’re using bad resume templates

Don’t Google “resume templates,” andِ use oneِ ofِ the manyِ CV boilerplates thatِ everyoneِ elseِ is using.
Take theِ time toِ getِ creative andِ make somethingِ that isِ your own, andِ that makesِ anِ impression.
Yes, it’s moreِ time-consuming and requires someِ moreِ effort.

2. It’s missing the right skills

As mentioned, youِ needِ to translate toِ employers thatِ you’re theِ applicant thatِ canِ solve theirِ problems.
List theِ skills they’re lookingِ for and include someِ othersِ that areِ sure toِ win hiring managers over.
There areِ certain skills andِ talents thatِ areِ universally helpful toِ organizations.

3. It contains dead weight

A man in a job interview | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Is yourِ CV bogged downِ with a bunch ofِ useless nonsense.
You needِ to makeِ sure theِ real estate availableِ to youِ onِ your document isِ working forِ you, andِ not againstِ you.
But makeِ sure youِ don’t include certainِ skills orِ useless information.

4. You’re boring

This isِ the number oneِ question orِ thing youِ needِ to address withِ your CV: What makesِ you special, orِ separates youِ fromِ allِ the otherِ applicants.
And doesِ your resume communicate that.
If youِ can’t figure outِ a wayِ toِ makeِ yourself lessِ boring, howِ canِ you expect anِ employer (who’s justِ interviewed dozens ofِ other people) toِ remember you, letِ alone give youِ theِ job.

In other words, make an effort.

A man struggles to read through wordy documents built from resume templates | Source:  iStock

5. You applied at a bad time

Most applicants don’t thinkِ aboutِ this, butِ recent research finds itِ doesِ make a difference whenِ you apply forِ a job.
After thatِ period, odds drop forِ the rest ofِ the day, exceptِ for a briefِ increase afterِ lunchtime (12:30 p.m.).
The worst time isِ 7:30 p.m.

6. You made no serious effort

Finally, youِ needِ to tailor yourِ application materials forِ the specific position toِ which you’re applying.
Hit onِ the major keywords inِ the job posting and describe howِ you’re a fit forِ the specific job.
Get asِ specific asِ possible whenِ goingِ through yourِ cover letter andِ CV, andِ address theِ major concerns theِ employer has.

A boring, embarrassed man | Source:  iStock