Have you been diligently applying for jobs, but have yet to land any interviews? Having worked at a large company in a role where I was exposed to hundreds of resumes, I think I may know why your resume has been consistently overlooked.
Since your resume is the first thing employers see, it is imperative that it be flawless and representative of you, your skills and qualifications. You want your resume to stand out, but not for the wrong reasons. If you make sure your resume is free of the following, your chances of getting a call back will increase exponentially.
I know it’s your name, and you love it, but it’s killing your chances of landing a decent job. For example, I once ran across a resume and the candidate’s name was Chateaubriand (for those of you who don’t know, this is a cut of meat). Sorry Chateau if you’re reading this, but names like this are resume killers. If at all possible, and if it’s “normal,” use your middle name. It is also not unheard for people with long complicated
ghetto names, to shorten or change their name altogether on their resume. It can’t hurt.
If you can’t at least make sure your resume is free of grammatical and spelling errors, then why would your potential employer believe that you are competent enough to perform at the level necessary to excel in any position? Have someone else proofread your resume before distributing it.
#3 Commensurate experience
So, you were placed in charge of fries at McDonalds a year ago, and you think you “have what it takes” to land a manager-level position at Microsoft. I know God is good, but stop applying for jobs that are completely out of reach, and those for which you do not have the requisite knowledge and experience, and praying that you get them. You won’t! Be realistic and make sure that the level of experience you possess is greater than or equal to the experience called for in the job description.
#4 Geographic location
If you live a great distance from the job you are applying for, employers will be less likely to hire you. For instance, if you are applying for jobs out of state, it would behoove you to find someone who is local and list their address on your resume rather than your own. This is not deceitful, it’s smart.
#5 Inappropriate email addresses
If you’re not sure whether your email address is appropriate, it probably isn’t. Addresses such as Lilmama69@yahoo.com and firstname.lastname@example.org are unacceptable. It’s so easy to create an email account these days, so I highly suggest you do so, using your name (unless your name is problematic, see #1) or some variation of it.