Why Resumes Are Rejected


Your resume must convey a first impression of who your are, what you have done and how you benefitted the company in which you were employed. If your resume does not attract the attention of the reader in the first 20-30 seconds the chances of an interview are greatly reduced. What an employer wants to know is why they should invite you to an interview.The following are common mistakes made in resumes that will guarantee you do NOT get an interview:

• Typographical errors, mis-spellings and poor grammar make you appear lazy and careless.

• Too much information. While a potential employer needs to understand the fullness of your experience in the workplace, a lengthy life history becomes tedious. Remember, an employer will have dozens of resumes to go through and probably only a couple of hours in which to make a selection.

• Badly organized information. If people cannot find the information they need to know quickly and easily, they will move on. How your resume looks says a lot about you and if it is uneven with some headings bold and others capitalized, etc., it will tell a prospective employer that you have little attention to detail.

• Not results oriented. Your resume is your initial sales tool. Job descriptions without the achievements made will relegate you to the elimination pile. If your resume does not convey to the employer the benefits of hiring you, it has failed.

How Your Body Language Can Affect Your Interview

Consciously or unconsciously your body expresses your inner thoughts and attitudes. Being in control of what your actions convey may save your interview and further impress the person interviewing you.

• A firm handshake will give a good impression – but not too firm which can appear aggressive and arrogant.

• Arms folded across the chest translates as defensive.

• Leaning forward shows that you are interested in what the person is saying.

• Head tilted to the side shows interest as does nodding the head. Holding the head straight up signals a neutral attitude to what is being said while the head down reads as negative and judgmental.

• Bringing a hand to the back of the neck shows that you are trying to pull out of the conversation.

• Legs crossed can make you look lopsided and therefore lacking in confidence or feeling defensive. Sit straight facing the interviewer directly.

• Picking imaginary fluff from clothing signals that you don’t agree with what is being said.

• Thumb twiddling, finger drumming and other means of fidgeting show that you would rather be elsewhere and are not paying attention.

Body language works both ways. If you observe the person interviewing you display any of these tendencies showing that they are bored or are in disagreement with you, use this knowledge to turn the interview around in your favour.