resumetrashInterviews can be nerve wracking. But job seekers will likely agree that the most nerve-wracking aspect of job hunting is waiting to hear back from recruiters or hiring managers after initially applying for a position. And let’s face it, sometimes they never hear back.

The sad fact is that many resumes end up getting tossed in the trash.

Common reasons for this are:

  • Being unqualified for the job
  • Having an obviously generic resume
  • Making careless grammar and spelling mistakes
  • Having unprofessional contact information
  • Being unable, or unwilling, to follow directions

Here are five simple tips that will help save your resume (and career!) from a fate worse than rubbish!

  • Meet the requirements. Make sure that you are applying to jobs for which you are qualified. Recruiters screen dozens, if not hundreds, of resumes a day and are not going to waste time contacting someone they know is not going to be a fit for the job.
  • Make a connection. Before submitting your resume and cover letter, investigate the company website. Read the “About” section. Find out what the company’s mission is.  Decide if it’s the right company fit for you and, if it is, explain how your experience and qualifications – even your personality – make you the right all-around fit for the job.
  • Be professional. If you are looking for a professional opportunity, make sure that your resume comes across as professional. If you have the same funny email address from your high school or college days, it might be time to for a change.
  • Check for errors. Run a spell check on your resume and cover letter before submitting them. Have someone proofread your documents.  It may take a bit more time but many recruiters and hiring managers are put off by careless mistakes. After all, your resume is a reflection of you and how much care and attention to detail you put into your work. Not proofreading could mean losing your chance at the job of your dreams.
  • Follow their directions.  If they ask you to submit a cover letter, submit a cover letter. If they ask for professional references, provide professional references. If you can’t follow instructions before even being called for an interview, that interview isn’t going to happen.

If you are partnering with a staffing firm on your job search, don’t be afraid to reach out to them for assistance. Many recruitment agencies offer resume help to their employees.

At Masiello, we offer free resume review designed to help you avoid common mistakes and educate you on what recruiters and companies are looking for in a resume. We have several other resources available to job seekers as well. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced recruiting team at Masiello.  We’re here to help!