From your own perspective, your resume may seem perfect. You haven’t noticed a single misspelled word or grammatical problem, and your credentials seem identical to the ones your potential employers are looking for. But for every fifty resumes you send out, only about three results in interviews for acceptable positions. You’ve been on the market for several months, and you still haven’t received a single reasonable offer. Here are a few possible reasons this may be happening.
1. You aren’t targeting your positions accurately.
Of course you want a job that’s a step up from your last one, or a job within your industry. But if job search frustration is causing you to widen your campaign and drop your standards, this may be more transparent than you think. In other words, if you’re looking for almost any job that will help you pay the bills until you find something better, potential employers may be picking up on this. Try to keep your search as focused as you can, and spend at least a few minutes customizing each application so your submissions don’t feel like part of a mass mailing.
2. You have one small wording issue that’s coming off as a red flag.
One troubling phrase or implied weakness can turn off dozens of employers while escaping your notice completely. Find the phrase and solve the problem by showing your resume and cover letter to friends, family, mentors, and editors before you send it off again.
3. Your formatting makes your information hard to read or hard to remember.
Long unbroken blocks of text may be standing in the way of your message. Tiny font or too many adverbs can have the same effect, so be careful not to bore your reader or put your medium in front of whatever you’re trying to say. Use Free Resume Builder’s guidelines and formatting tools to resolve these issues. Now that you know what to avoid, here are some things you should be aware of.