I know you beat yourself up sometimes. You think you’re not good enough because you didn’t get a call from the last recruiter you sent your resume to. Well, it most probably wasn’t about you. Perhaps, the recruiter didn’t even get a chance to see your resume. The problem, usually, is that your resume wasn’t well optimized to get through the Applicant Tracking Systems that recruiters deploy to make their jobs easy.
So I have put together 10 reasons why recruiters have not picked you for a Job Interview in Canada.
1. Did not match the job:
You have not yet been picked for an interview in Canada because the details and language in your resume did not match the job description. That is, your resume did not prove to the Canadian Applicant Tracking System or recruiter that it is in tandem with the requirements in the job posting. Language such as Action Verbs and keywords are examples.
2. Didn’t adhere to instructions:
Another reason why you may have not been called for a job interview in Canada is that you failed to follow the directions in the job posting. Perhaps, the posting asked you to provide certain information that you failed to or present your application in a certain way that you disregarded. If you must land an interview, you have to follow directions. You may miss these directions by merely reading the instructions. However, a Canadian Applicant Tracking System will not miss them.
3. Your resume didn’t show accomplishments:
There’s a huge possibility your employment history section doesn’t give the information it should. Instead of always writing responsibilities, you should include your career highlights and accomplishments in this section. Also use Action Verbs to describe these details. For example, “Raised the company’s sales to…”
4. You have not been tailoring your resume:
I know there’s always the temptation to quickly send out an application. Well, being first doesn’t mean being best. For every job opening, you should tailor your resume to suit the job description. Don’t send out the same resume to every organisation and for every position. Would you rather send out 10 applications and get no interview or three applications and get two interviews? The choice is yours.
5. Your resume is too long and is rarely carefully read:
This is another major trouble that applicants have. In a bid to include every bit of information there is, they end up with four or more pages. If this is you, you should rethink your strategy. Do not have a resume that is longer than two pages. In fact, if you’re a fresh graduate, with no career history, a one-page resume is ideal.
6. Not using the right ATS:
I have already talked about using an ATS to Optimize your resume. But you won’t make much progress if you’re not using the right one; a proven Canadian Applicant Tracking System.
7. Applying for the wrong positions:
It is also very likely that you’ve been applying for jobs that are not related to your career background. If that’s the case, pardon my language, but you’ve been shooting blanks. As long as it’s important to take your chances, most employers would rather go with someone who has a good career or educational background in the position.
8. Using an “Objective” section rather than a Career Summary:
This is another flaw, and perhaps a good reason you’re not getting called for interviews. It is old fashioned to keep writing an Objective on your resume. Every employer already knows your Objective is to get the job. Instead, write a Career summary that briefly highlights all you have done in the past that makes you the right candidate for the job.
9. Not putting your work experience at the top half:
Recruiters, whether it’s the robots or humans, just want to do a quick scan of your resume. You should put the most important information at the most glaring part of your resume. Otherwise, it can be missed.
10. Using the wrong resume format:
I always tell people that using a functional resume instead of a chronological or Hybrid format is a deal breaker. It is simply important to show where and when you did a particular job than just categorizing them into functions.
These 10 reasons may not be all-encompassing, but I’m sure it has given you an idea of what you’re doing wrongly. Perhaps, these adjustments can give you a better chance at not just an interview, but a job.