Job Seekers who believe that they have an ideal educational background and job experience for a particular job, when later find out that another applicant has been selected, should know that they are not alone. Even with a perfect resume, excellent skills set and brilliant interview talent, things can go twisted.
This article contains some of the basic reasons of why job seekers miss out on good job opportunities. We have also included some key solutions that will help our job seekers minimize their chances of losing one of their dream jobs.
1. Importance of a Cover Letter
A well-presented Cover Letter definitely creates a good impression on the employers. Getting the basics right, easily makes a difference and allows an application to stand out in the competition. The cover letter is your first sales pitch to a potential employer. A good one introduces you to the employer and explains why you are superior among other candidates applying for the same job.
2. Make Your Resume Precise and Attractive
We have all read novels and stories that take forever to get going, which insists on recounting every single insignificant detail of the central character’s existence before finally getting to the heart of the account. This is not a luxury affordable for your resume. First impression really matters! Your resume is a marketing document, and hence, must attract the readers’ attention.
3. Shortage of Time at the Employers’ End
Employers get to see loads and loads of resumes during their recruitment period. Obviously, they cannot go through each and every resume especially through those that do not seem attractive. Applicants can make the employers’ life easier by keeping their resumes’ content short and accurate. It is essential that you set fire to the readers’ attention in the very beginning or within thirty seconds/less.
4. Incorrect English
Why risk a dream job on poor English writing? Only job applications written in grammatically correct and fine English are given importance by busy employers. The rest go to the bin.
You might be well-qualified and perfect for a particular job, but the employer may disqualify you if your resume contains incorrect sentences and wrong use of vocabulary. It is very important for the job seekers to make sure that they double check the content of the resume. They should check the spellings, punctuation and grammar very carefully.
5. Visual Illustration
The visual illustration of your CV is very important. If employers cannot find the desired information quickly, they will move on to someone else’s resume. You should use plenty of ‘white’ space in your CV with appropriate headings.
If you are applying online, an email/cover letter starting with “Hi” might cause your resume to end up in rubbish. Write an email as you would write a proper letter. Instead of “Hi,” write, “Dear Sir/Sir/Madam. ……” and instead of “Thanks,” finish off with “Sincerely.”
In the body of the email, do not start with “Please find the attached….”; always offer your services and do mention the “Job Title” of the job that you are applying for and keep it simple.
An Exemplary Email Would be:
I am offering my services for the job “…..…..” in your company.
6. Avoid Unnecessary Detail
Quantifying accomplishments help, but remember to be discreet about it. Phrases like “managed a budget of Rs. 500,000” or “led a team of five” might catch an employers’ eye but in a bad way. It is better to spin it as “managed company’s largest budget” or “was a Team Lead”.
Avoid a 14 page CV with details of every piece of course work since you were a kid. If it doesn’t fit at all, cut it down to the most relevant and impressive items and alter it to the specific job in question. Long paragraphs & too much detail can leave a poor impression. A CV should be an accurate summary of an individual’s career history rather than a biography.
7. Proof Reading
Nothing looks worse on a job application than spelling errors. It shows that you didn’t take enough care or time to look over your application. Spelling errors can result in depicting your wrong impression on an employer. Check and recheck your curriculum for spelling and grammatical errors prior to sending it off to the employers. Small catches make a big (and bad) impression, silently implying that you are careless, linguistically challenged, or both.
8. Highlight Your Achievements
You need to highlight your achievements. Remember your CV is your sales document, if it does not say clearly and unequivocally why you should be employed then it has failed.
An employer will only want to hire you if they can see a benefit in it for themselves. So, do tell them that you are beneficial for the company.
Enlisting your achievements in your resume can also benefit you, in case the employer you have applied for uses some application to filter candidates from his CV database. Such applications are useful for employers, as they can filter candidates using their desired keywords.
Last but not the least, it is very important for the job seekers to look for a job with determination. They should keep the above mentioned points in mind, so that they have better chances of getting their desired job, instead of losing it. “Don’t fall at the last hurdle” is a friendly advice. Good luck with your job hunt!