5 Reasons Your Resume Got Rejected

5 Reasons Your Resume Got Rejected

By: Katelyn Lengeman, Recruiter & Marketing Coordinator

We all like to think we are special. We have unique experiences and skills to bring to the table. We deserve a call back when we submit our resume, right? When it comes to resumes, though, the unfortunate truth of the matter is that you have to try just as hard as someone with half your experience to get noticed. Little mistakes go a long way in disqualifying you from getting a call back. Here at Gage Personnel, we strive to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, but that is not the case across the board. Let’s talk about some common reasons employers discard your resume and how we can fix that.

Contact Information: You would be surprised how many applicants make it difficult to contact them. You can bet that a busy employer is not going to go out of their way to find your contact information. Make sure you have an active phone number, address, and a professional email address clearly visible.

Length: It’s simple, a resume that is too short gives no indication that you’re qualified and a resume too long loses your potential employer’s attention. Keep your resume as succinct as possible while still describing your duties and skills. Omit subjective information in the place of practical tasks and skills.

Formatting: You have no excuse to have poor formatting and grammar. Every employer knows that you have access to free resume templates, spell check, and other eyes that can help proofread your resume. If you want to be called over another applicant, there had better be zero grammatical errors on your resume.

Qualifications: If you’re underqualified or overqualified for a position, you should assume you won’t get a call back. An employer does not have time to waste on candidates that can’t fulfill the duties or won’t stick around long. Be realistic about your skills and make sure you’re making the most of where you apply.

Location: If you’re applying for a job outside your region, make sure to explain yourself. Put it right out there that you’re planning/willing to relocate. An employer is not going to bother calling someone who might not be available for their hiring location.

Quick Tips:

  • Clean up your online profiles! You should always be aware of what you're posting on social media.
  • Do not put a photo on your resume. The interview will give you a chance to show your professional appearance.
  • Use standard fonts that are easy to read, it comes across as more professional.
  • Use normal capitalization; all caps looks like you’re screaming and all lowercase looks lazy.

Always be prepared with an excellent, up-to-date resume. For Professional, Skilled, Light Industrial and Hospitality positions, submit your resume today at GagePersonnel.com!