Ever wondered why maybe you’re not getting a call from a recruiter after submitting your sparkling resume?
Well, maybe it’s not as spot on as you may think. According to a piece in India Real Time (sister site to The Wall Street Journal), there are a few reasons why your top notch experience may not be presented the right way on the ol’ trusty CV. This is assuming your skills and experience match the job qualifications (if you’re not qualified, well let’s just say that’s the numero uno reason why you’re not getting a phone call.)
1. Mistakes. Especially in journalism where grammar, typos and fact checking are critical, making a mistake on your resume could equate to game over before it even began. This category also includes factual errors. Maybe your timeline is off or title is incorrect. Everything should be accurate. Period.
2. Length. If your resume is four pages long, it’s time to cut, edit and delete! Recruiters and hiring managers only have a few seconds (yes, we said seconds) to scan a resume. If it’s too long and your accomplishments don’t merit the length, he or she won’t have time to continue reading. The ideal length should be one to two pages long.
3. Irrelevant information. If you were a lifeguard back in ’98, guess what? Recruiters don’t care. If there’s information on your resume that does not directly correlate to the job and you’re running out of space, by all means omit it. That said, have we seen resumes with a hobbies and interest section that may be fodder for small talk such as volunteering or running a marathon? You bet.
4. Poor presentation. Trying too hard will not get you a call back in terms of unprofessional fonts, an unconventional format or pink-colored paper. Be professional and keep it simple. Opt for Times New Roman or Arial fonts, as pointed out in the piece, and aim for a point size between 10 and 14.