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Why is Your Resume being Rejected

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The resume. It’s one of the trickiest parts of the job interview process. After all, employers can be unpredictable in how they perceive the resume. Elements you thought were minor might stand out to them, and factors you thought would give you an edge might prove useless.

Here are some possible reasons, according to HEALTHeCAREERS.com, that your resume was dismissed.

The first reason has to do with your qualifications. Your qualifications simply may not have been relevant to the opening. According to the article, most employers will take nine to 30 seconds to evaluate your resume.

“Resumes that do not contain required aspects of the advertised job immediately get filtered out and get tossed in the trash. Obviously that time is shorter for certain jobs with the most competition, so it’s imperative for candidates to identify what is needed for an open position and find ways to make them stand out on their resumes.”

Nancy Jolicoer, director of human services at Milford Regional Hospital, said she looks at employment dates and education before anything else. Those two factors alone determine if she keeps reading. If the position they’re looking to fill demands five years of experience or a license or both, candidates who have neither don’t get a second look. They end up in File 13.

The second reason has to do with the quality of your resume. Is it difficult to read?

Yes, the design of your resume matters. No matter what your skills or qualifications may be, if your resume is poorly designed and unprofessional, it will probably get tossed.

One HR director said it’s important to make sure your work history isn’t cluttered with a lot of needless words. Get to the point. Be concise. Don’t make them search for it.

The third reason your resume was thrown away is because you did something to tick off HR. Remember, you have to impress HR first.

“Applicants should focus on making the HR director’s job quick and as easy as possible. This means avoiding the urge to bypass HR when reaching out to private contacts already working within a company. It’s frustrating for their staff, often conflicts with their interview scheduling, and it leaves a bad impression. Instead, candidates should mention in their cover letters when they’ve spoken with someone and make a request for an interview at a previously agreed upon time.”

Finally, ignoring periods of unemployment in the resume reflects poorly on you. According to the article, “Gaps in employment are a common problem in today’s recovering economy, and one that most applicants avoid explaining. These gaps will be obvious to the person hiring and firing, so it’s best if the candidate addresses any lapses in employment head on. This can easily be done in the cover letter, with a short paragraph that avoids getting too personal.”

As physicians and healthcare professionals looking for jobs, what have been your experiences with the CV or resume? What are some ways in which you have improved your CV or resume over the years?

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