If you're on the job market, I'm sure you're thinking of why it's taking you so long to find a job. It's even worse if you're making it to the interview but never hearing back from the employer! From a job seeker's perspective, this is quite puzzling because it's extremely difficult to pinpoint why you aren't being selected.

As a recruiter, I am always in contact with hiring managers and up-to-date on their hiring practices. Based on employer feedback, I have made a list of the top issues that will most likely lose you a job offer:

  • Trim your resume: If your resume is more than two pages long, using size 10 font, then it's too long. If you're at the Executive or Director level, this rule doesn't necessary apply, so there are a few exceptions. Your accomplishments should be very concise and straight to the point. The average time a hiring manager spends reading your resume is 20-30 seconds, so any piece of information with no added-value must go.
  • Learn how to express passion for your work: If you can't clearly explain why you love what you do, then your chances of landing the job are slim. In this age of rising entrepreneurship and startups, employers are looking for passionate individuals who are after more than just a paycheck. Candidates that seem uninterested or disengaged are perceived as lacking drive and dedication to make an impact on the organization.
  • Have the skills listed in the job description: This one is a no-brainer, but typically around 60% of applicants do not have the minimum requirements mentioned in the job description! This is a complete and utter waste of your time and that of the hiring manager. With the mass adoption of automated application management systems, resumes that are irrelevant to the job are immediately screened out and never make it to the HR Department. You don't need to be currently employed in the same industry as the one you are applying to. Today, it is quite common for individuals to change careers. When applying to a job, it is important to think about your skills and how transferable they are.
  • Give real & tangible examples: Hiring managers almost always ask you to give them examples about a specific situation that you encountered. Know your job history very well and prepare some real examples of instances where you made a noticeable impact or achieved something extraordinary. Remember, your past behavior is a very good indicator of your future behavior.

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