The top reasons why you didn’t get the job
Struggling to land the job of your dreams? Perhaps you are just struggling in general to obtain any job? It is time to determine why that is the case and make appropriate actions to avoid ending up in the recruiter’s reject pile.
Under-qualified / over-qualified
Obtaining the required skills is important, as at the end of the day, the recruiter will only move forward with the candidates whose skills best match the job description. Whilst you don’t need to possess 100% of the required skills and qualifications, you do need to have the majority. Experience is another factor that may come into play as often a job description will list the minimum amount of experience required (e.g. minimum of 3 years experience). If you just fall short of the required amount of experience, don’t be deterred to apply. Often recruiters are lenient when it comes to this element as long as the candidate makes up for it through their skills and traits (such as work ethic). In saying that, being overqualified is also a reason that recruiters may deem an applicant to be unsuccessful. If a candidate is applying for a job that is significantly below their experience and/or skills standard, it may lead to a recruiter thinking that the job will not be satisfying or provide enough challenge.
Resume & Cover letter needs work
A resume should adhere to the following rule: Accuracy, Summary, Relevancy, and Easy. All information within the resume should be truthful and provide an overall summary of who you are and your work history, whilst remaining relevant (don’t include information that is of no use to the recruiter). The format should also be easy to read and navigate through.
Whilst typo’s happen, there should never be a typo featured within your resume and cover letter. A recruiter will assume that you have revised the documents multiple times before sending through, therefore if you failed to pick up on a typo, it can cause alarm bells for the recruiter. A good practice to follow is that if you make any changes to your resume, send it to someone to look through incase they pick up on an error that you may have missed.
Including a cover letter shows the recruiter that you are interested in the job as you have taken the time to construct a letter that is specific to the job. Regardless of whether the job posting asks for a cover letter or not, the best practice would be to always include one. Rather than re-summarising the content that is featured within the resume, use the cover letter as a way to highlight why you are the right person to fill the job position.
Selecting the right people to include as references on a resume is crucial. Whilst many assume that recruiters overlook the references element on a resume and fail to make contact, this often isn’t the case. Select people that will represent you in the best possible manner by providing truthful and honest information. It is quite easy to tell the difference between a reference that is telling the truth, to a reference that is saying whatever they can to make you sound good.
Whilst career changes are becoming more popular, it is still a concept that is hard for recruiters to be on board with. Limitations associated with career changes from a recruiter’s perspective include skill and experience shortages as well as the fact that they may be worried that the candidate often ups and leaves (therefore they may not want to hire and direct their resources into training someone who may quit shortly after).
It is important to have reasonable salary expectations when going into a new job. If the job application requires you to list your expected salary, don’t list your absolute goal salary, as often it will not match the salary of the job and therefore you are more likely to be rejected instantly. It is a lot easier to negotiate the salary details once having landed the job (or even in the interview process).
Unstable job history
Having multiple jobs within a short time span indicates to recruiters that you cannot stay within the one job for a reasonable time period. Recruiters will see this information and deem your application unsuccessful as it will not be smart for the organisation to allocate their resources (both time and money) into training just for the risk of the candidate leaving shortly after.
Avoid applying for multiple jobs within the one organisation as recruiters will view this as a sign of desperation. Dependent on the job position and organisation (as for example, it may not apply to retail jobs where the same job is listed in different locations), when a candidates name appears numerous times, recruiters will assume that they do not have any specific skills and/or qualifications and rather just applied as they just want a job in general.
If you are needing assistance in securing the job of your dreams, get in touch with a recruitment specialist from leading recruitment agency, Ai Group Talent Solutions. Being Australia’s premier specialist HR recruitment agency, Ai Group has over 140 years’ experience in the Australian market. Contact Ai Group Talent Solutions and get started with your employment journey today.