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5 reasons why recruiters are not reading your resume

Only one in about 50 applicants actually get called for an interview. That’s a tough reality, and a pretty scary one. So all those times you’ve sent out applications and waited for a call or email inviting you to an interview, and didn’t get any, you were probably part of the 98%. Most of those times, your resume wasn’t even read by humans. But not to worry, it’s not too late to set things right. Here are a few reasons why recruiters are not reading your resume .


1. Canadian ATS can’t read it:

Recruiters now employ technology in the form of resume robots called Applicant Tracking Systems in a bid to electronically screen applications and cut down the number to a manageable volume for the available manpower. These tracking systems are programmed to read specific types of files. It is better to send your resume as a word document, instead of a pdf. It is easier for a tracking system, even a Canadian tracking system to read a .doc file.


2. There were no keywords:

You know the Canadian resume I talked about earlier? Yes, those ones. They are actually designed to search your resume for specific keywords related to the job you’re applying for. When those keywords are lacking, you’re likely going to be dropped and recruiters will not read your resume .


3. Your resume is too long or not long enough:

The recommended length of a Canadian-styled resume is 1 to 2 pages. Even if your four-page long resume beats the bots and gets to a recruiter, you’d better be a PhD holder with at least 25 years of experience from at least 5 organisations. Why else should you have 4 pages? The recruiter won’t read it. He doesn’t have the time. Also, a half page resume doesn’t quite cut it. It probably doesn’t contain all it should.


4. It doesn’t match the job description:

Oftentimes, people apply for jobs they’re not qualified for or perhaps failed to tailor their applications to. If you’ve been guilty of this, it’s probably the reason you’ve not been getting calls.


5. You use off-putting designs:

The design and formatting on your resume is another very important factor. Most Canadian Applicant Tracking Systems (CATS) cannot decipher information on a resume that has complex formatting. Over-the-top designs, mixed up fonts, and colours can complicate things for you. It’s always best to keep it simple.

Finally, ensure you use a Canadian Applicant Tracking System if you’re applying to a job in Canada. The system tells you what you have done wrong and then you can make amends even before you send out your application. Apply these tips and watch your phone buzzing with interview calls.


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