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11 Reasons why the resumes get rejected!!

1. Eligibility :- Always check before applying for any job whether you are eligible for it or not. Sometimes one may get disqualified for being over/under qualified. Read thoroughly whether you are fitting into the requirements of the organization or not. There is no good in being ambitious without being eligible.

2. Relevancy :- Sometimes the profile offered by other company looks familiar with what you are doing currently but itís not the case always. Do check if the job you are applying for is relevant and whether your experience is of any use for them or not.

3. Incomplete Information :- Many times the candidatures get rejected because of gap in conveying your dossier and in the understanding of the recruiter. Herewith I am attaching some snapshots from resumes of candidates who have been disqualified because of the given errors in their resumes:

Note : the specialization area in PGDM, year and percentage of passing is not mentioned in the text. How would a recruiter screen the application with incomplete information if he needs a person from a specific background!!

How would a recruiter come to know that in which year and with what % the person has cleared these exams or itís just a fake education record!!

4. Typing, Spelling Errors :- No matter how hard you look and check over your work, there always seems to be something that you have missed. Errors such as these can make you appear unprofessional and as someone who is careless. Therefore, you should always get somebody else to check your resume for grammatical errors.

5. Companyís Preferences :- Preferences on the basis of age, gender, marital status, location, expected salary, family background do exist everywhere. Though quite a few things are unethical but we canít poke our nose in any companyís hiring process. So not all the things are under our control.

6. Your Sets of Expectations :- Always do a thorough homework and then apply for any job. Donít give unrealistic expectation in your cover letter, expected CTC and job profile you are chasing for. Be rational, informed and updated about your profile.

7. Educational Background :- Some organizations prefer to chose candidates who have got the education in the similar field in which their organization is working. For e.g- IT companies prefer to hire HR executive who have done BE/ and then MBA/ PGDM in HR. If a company is prefer to hire candidates from a selected place, with specific set of skills and you are not coming under their preferences then donít feel belittled.

8. Presentation of Information :- If the potential employer is not able to follow your resume and locate relevant information they will most likely not bother to try any harder to find the information and instead just give up. The best size for your resume is two pages of A4. You should only make resume longer if it is specifically required from you to provide the potential employer with additional or more detailed information. So put your work experience at the start of your resume, not personal or educational details, unless you have only just left education.

9. Covering Letter/ Noteís Description :- If your covering letter is one third or half of your resume, you may lose chances of getting shortlisted and why would a recruiter spend 10 mins in reading the information, as provided below:

10. Whatís your USP :- Focus on your abilities and not on your achievements. Try to give a detailed summary of your profile and then mention your qualification.

11. Previous track record :- The companies do look for your previous set of responsibilities, the tenure of your jobs, had you been a job hopper or a stable employee. So try to put yourself into the shoes of the reviewer and then judge where your candidature stands.

12. Photo, document size :- Unless and until you have been asked to provide your photograph and other details like blood group, height, weight, eyesight, donít add these details. Moreover, keep the size of your resume under 400KB, as large file sizes are not appreciated in mails.

If you are a job seeker, your resume is the most important piece of written work you will ever create. Make it good or donít be surprised when that rejection letter arrives in your email or mail box.
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