Like you, thousands of people ask this same question. You’ve got the specified degree, got the job experience; you even have the majority of the skills required, and you still didn’t get picked for an interview. There are two questions I’ve got to ask;
- How did you know your experience is an exact match?
- How well did you capture this experience on your resume?
Yes, you checked the job description. Did you pay close attention? Did you take note of the exact keywords and the language used in expressing them? Maybe you did all of these and still didn’t get the call, then the problem has to be one or more of many things. I have put together 12 reasons why you may not be getting interview calls even when your experience is an exact match.
You did not communicate your experience:
It is one thing to have the exact experience, yet a totally different thing to include it properly on your resume. In writing your Job experience, did you use the right keywords used in the job description? That’s one way people fail to get it right.
You Ignored Instructions:
This is another reason you were probably not called for an interview? Perhaps, the recruiter asked you to send your resume as a docx file, but you sent it as a pdf. This is already a red flag and it most likely wasn’t even read.
You weren’t what they were Looking for:
I know you don’t want to see this, but sometimes you’re not just what the employer was looking for. Maybe they wanted someone with a specific skill set and you just didn’t have those.
Your Resume wasn’t tailored to the Job:
Every resume you send out must be job-specific. For every opening you apply to, you must design a resume that fits that position. Include the skills that are required (if you have them), describe your career history in a way that it speaks to the particular job.
You wrote responsibilities instead of accomplishments:
Don’t say; “PR Executive: I was responsible for all internal and external communications of the company”. Instead, say; “PR Executive: Led a Campaign that saw public perception of the company grow to 82% from 49% before I joined”.
You didn’t add a Cover Letter:
Sometimes, this is something a lot of people forget to do in a bid to quickly send in their application. You should include a cover letter for every opening you apply to and it must be specific for that particular position.
Your cover letter isn’t good enough:
This could be anything from having typos, to not having substance or merely repeating what the resume has said. A cover letter is the first point of contact you have with the recruiter. You had better make it strong.
Your application went out too late:
As simple as this seems, it could just be the problem. The employer may just have gotten the candidate of their choice and aren’t looking at other applications. As much as it is good to send out your application in good time, ensure it is solid enough before you do.
You’re not networking:
As a job seeker, you should not only rely on job boards and websites. Even after you send out your resume, you should network with potential employers. People get interviews through networking and you can.
The position has been filled:
Yes, you read right. Sometimes, employers just send out openings for the sake of it and to maintain relevance or gain attention. Other times, there’s already provision for an internal hire. Nothing anyone can do about that.
Adding “Objective” rather than a Career Highlights Section:
The “Objective” Section is simply old fashioned and, honestly, a waste of space. As far as the job is concerned, you have only one objective; to get hired. Instead, add a section that highlights the high points of your previous jobs and how much impact you have made in the past.
Optimize Your Resume:
If you have done everything above but fail to Optimize your resume with an Applicant Tracking System, you’ll probably not get called. It is important you use a system that is compliant with the geographical area. For example, if you’re a Canadian job seeker, you should use a Canadian Applicant Tracking System to scan your resume alongside the job description to check for compatibility. Ensure you look out for at least 95% matching score.