Why Your Resume is Failing To Get Results

If you have been applying for job after job and getting no response (or just negative responses) then it can come down to one of several reasons, but one of the most common is a poor resume.

Your resume is usually the first contact that you have with a potential employer and literally ‘makes or breaks’ the chances of your application resulting in an interview – and hopefully employment.

Is Your Resume Broken?

When you resume is doing its job, as long as you are applying for jobs relevant to your skills, you should be getting a decent interview response rate. However, if you resume is incomplete or poorly written then you could be the perfect person for a position – and still not be considered.

A broken resume equals a failed job search.

So what does a broken resume look like?

You may be surprised to find that some of the simplest things wrong with your resume can have a drastic effect on its success. Things such as:

  • Poorly Structured
    For some popular positions you may only have a couple of seconds for your resume to catch the attention of the recruiter. If a job gets a couple of hundred applications then you need to make a positive impression almost instantly and a lot of people get this completely wrong. Make sure your resume is in bullet points, highlighting the main (and relevant) items in an easy to skim format that puts the most important information in a position that makes it instantly visible.
  • Focusing on the Unimportant
    When it comes to resumes, a lot of people feel the need to waffle on about unimportant information. Not all of your previous jobs, or favourite interests are going to be relevant so you don’t need to expand on the irrelevant ones – more than just mentioning them. On the flip side, for the items that you feel are relevant, don’t assume that the recruiter knows all about these positions. Explain these positions in more detail and promote how they are relevant to the position you are applying for.
  • Using a Generic Template
    One of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to your resume is using the exact same resume for every single position you apply for. While it may same time, it drastically cuts down the impact that it will have. What you want to do is have a standard resume but then tweak it to suit each position. This may mean just rearranging the order of items on your resume or removing or adding additional content that is relevant to the job.

So if your resume is failing to get results, then compare your resume with the list of common problems above. Chances are that there are some changes that you will need to make, but don’t be discouraged. Use this as a chance for positive change that sees you focusing on quality job applications and see how this increases your response rate.

About the Author: Thomas is editor of the Australian online hub Mining Jobs No Experience which focuses on providing news and information for jobs seekers looking to enter the resource sector. Connect on Google+.