f you’ve applied to dozens of jobs but haven’t received any interviews, a warning signal should be going off. There are a number of reasons why employers don’t respond to your resume, and most of them can be easily fixed. Increase your chances that employers will respond to your resume positively by fixing these potential gaffes.
You Submitted It Online Sending your resume to an organization with no context whatsoever is a surefire way to get lost in the black hole that is the applicant tracking system. You can apply online if it’s mandatory, but try to route your resume through a personal contact in the organization.
You Didn’t Customize It to the Open Position
In today’s tough job market, every resume should be crafted in response to the requested experience and responsibilities listed in the job description. If your resume is off target, it will quickly be put aside. So yes, this means you must have multiple versions of your resume.
You Wasted Space and Attention
The average resume gets read in about 30 seconds, and in that time, you have to turn them on rather than turn them off. An ultra-specific objective will pigeonhole you into a particular position when the hiring manager might consider you for another opening. Adding too much information about your volunteer work and hobbies looks amateurish, as does saying that “references are available upon request.” Believe me, if they want references, they’ll ask for them.
For more, please visit the full post over at the FlexJobs blog.