4 Career Blunders That Will Make Me Reject Your Resume

You’ve just spent hours crafting the perfect resume. You’ve checked and rechecked every detail to make sure it looks great, that your experience and skills are clearly displayed, and that you have an eye-catching cover letter to match.

Career Blunders That Will Make Me Reject Your Resume
4 Career Blunders That Will Make Me Reject Your Resume

You finally hit send and wait with bated breath for a response... only to be rejected by silence or an impersonal no thanks email or voicemail message. Frustrating? You bet!

Incorrect contact information

  • Imagine if you had an interview for a dream job with your dream company.
  • You arrive at 9:15am only to be told by reception that you're actually supposed to be there at 10:00am because the time on your resume is wrong.
  • Then you spend your entire interview explaining why you have incorrect contact information on your resume, instead of talking about what makes you a good fit for their organization.
  • Don't make that mistake; double check that all of your contact information is correct and up-to-date before sending it off! If you're looking for professional advice on how to do so, ask someone who knows what they're doing (like a career counselor or professor) to check over your materials before submitting them.

No cover letter

A cover letter demonstrates your attention to detail and ability to follow instructions. It’s not just a preview of what’s inside your resume; it’s another chance to introduce yourself, explain why you are qualified for that job and make a first impression.

A well-written cover letter will never guarantee an interview, but a poorly written one will almost always guarantee rejection. Never send in a resume without it. If your application is missing a cover letter, I won't even look at it because I'll assume you can't follow instructions and are probably careless when it comes to other important details (like whether or not you're overqualified).

A lack of professionalism

First impressions are vital, and I see resumes every day that fail to make a good one.
Before you submit your resume, ask a friend or trusted colleague for their honest opinion about it; if they see any red flags that I would likely see, such as grammatical errors or improper format, it’s time to go back to square one.
Remember that everything from your name and title on down should be perfectly polished so that recruiters can immediately get a sense of who you are as an employee.

Inappropriate format

This is a deal-breaker! Professionals should always have their resumes formatted professionally by a human resources (HR) professional, career coach, or even by using software specifically designed for resumes. However, what you may not know is that there are specific ways to format your resume and cover letter.

And if your writing isn’t formatted correctly—and it looks like you did it yourself—it could throw up red flags in my brain and make me reject your resume.
SOURCE : Yasoquiz



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