Why you Didn’t Make it to the Interview

Job Hunting is easier today then it’s ever been. Gone are the days of waiting for the Sunday paper and searching the classified section. Today it’s as easy as the click of a button to send your resume, but the journey ends there for some individuals. Are you falling prey to these common resume blunders?

1. Your email address tells us a lot more about you then you imagined. Foreveryoungandpretty may be a mantra to live by, but for professional correspondence, this can end your job search before it even starts.

2. Gaps in your work history. Some of us have worked since we were legally able to, some before that even, never taking a break and showing a steady relationship in the work arena. However, if your resume tends to jump around a lot, it can be seen as inconsistency and a lack of stability. Mitigate this fatal perception by switching the format of your work dates to at least allow room for explanation.

3. No relevant experience. Even if you have no hands-on experience working in the field, elaborate your experience in a holistic way. For example, you may have worked at Dunkin Donuts as a cashier, but what you didn’t put on your resume was your applicable skills, such as excellent Customer Relations experience and multi-tasking (you know, from coffee-making to placing an order). It may seem like a stretch but it’s not! Broaden your view by looking at your experience in relations to the skills you need to accomplish them.

4. Poor Formatting. It’s not rocket science, use bullets when appropriate, bold titles and dates, and don’t forget the importance of spacing! If you resume seems overwhelming, chances are it is. Take time to emphasize the important relatable experience, and leave the rest for the interview.

5. You didn’t put contact information. This should be a no-brainer but you would be surprised how many resumes come in with outdated contact information. You may have been the ideal candidate but we didn’t have a way to contact you.

These small details may not seem important, but the truth is they can seriously jeopardize your chances of receiving that first interview. Don’t forget to be aware of grammar and spelling, and always have a skills area for quick reference.

Do you have any tips for the current job seeker? Leave us a comment below!

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