Companies receive many hundreds of resumes. Out of these, nine out of ten of the resumes get ignored and rejected. If you think that your resume could have been the reason that you did not get called in for an interview, then this could be why:
- Your resume was not viewed by a human. Many companies send their resumes into a resume database that causes it to get neglected. They are then difficult to find because they could have had the incorrect format, had unwanted content, did not have the right keywords or were sent to the wrong place. If they are not able to search your resume then they cannot find it either.
- Your resume did not get through the first scan. The initial scan of a resume lasts for around two to three seconds. The resume was probably attached to a particular role and was sent through for a review. This is usually done by a Sourcer or a Recruiter who keeps an eye out for the basic needs of the job, called a BFOQ which stands for bona fide occupational qualification. This means a degree or experience level of the minimum that is required for a specific job. If you do not fit the description and do not have that particular achievement then you will not be considered. This is why it is important to make your educational and work details accessible on your resume.
- Your resume did not go through the second scan. If a resume survives the first three second long then it has to go through a second scan that is around thirty seconds long. In this scan, your key sections such as your objective, education and experience details will be scanned and then read so that it can be decided whether you will be qualified or not.
- You did not appeal to the hiring manager. The Sourcer and Recruiter will usually send the top resumes out of the pile to the hiring manager. If your resume is not as good as the others, then they will beat you to the mark.
- Your resume just wasn’t good enough. A brutally honest fact, but one you must come to terms with. No matter how qualified or experienced you are, if your resume does not show that properly, then it could be the reason why you were not called for the interview.
Remember, your resume could be the key to landing the job or losing it.