You’ve written your CV so well.
You sent it out to various hiring managers, job sites, and headhunters. You even attached a cover letter to introduce yourself, give a teaser about your skills and past experiences, and justify why you are the best person for the position.
So, you waited.
And waited some more.
But 2 weeks has gone and you never received any interview call back.
What could be the problem?
Stop wondering. We have compiled the top reasons why you’re not getting invited for job interviews.
1. Your resume did not open.
Yes, it happens. Whether your CV file is corrupted or incompatible with the employers’ computer system, there are some reasons why your resume won’t open. This is critical because with the hundreds of resumes HR managers receive weekly, they may not be able to get back to you anymore and ask for a more compatible format; thus, your application (and your dream of getting hired by a particular company) may be lost forever.
To avoid this: Double check your CV and ensure that it is clean, compatible, and not corrupted in any way. You may even send it first to some of your friends and ask them to open it to ensure that it is indeed downloadable.
2. Your resume may be unreadable by resume scanning tools.
You should be aware by now that many employers in Singapore do the first round of vetting among candidates through a resume scanning software. This helps them filter hundreds or thousands of resumes and get only the ones that are suitable for the position based on particular keywords set by the HR manager.
If your resume did not get past the scanner, then you won’t really get a call back.
To avoid this: Make sure that your CV contains necessary keywords about the job or position you are applying for. Review the description from the job ad and copy corresponding keywords. For technical concerns, make sure that you don’t use fancy fonts, large images and graphics, and borders that may be unreadable to the scanning software.
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3. You sent a generic cover letter.
A cover letter serves as a quick but smart introduction of yourself, your skills, and past career experiences. It is also a great venue for you to prove why you are the best candidate for the position. What many candidates fail to do, however, is create a generic letter and send it out along all application he or she makes.
While this style saves time and effort on your part, it may not work very well among hiring managers because each job is unique and has different requirements. Many HR executives take cover letters seriously and you can show that you did your research well if you customise your cover letter according to the job position you are applying for.
To avoid being rejected: Personalise your cover letter. Instead of saying “To whom it may concern,” find out the name of the right person to address your cover letter to and customise it for the specific job opportunity you are applying for.
4. Your contact information (mobile number and email address) are inaccurate.
The section which many candidates usually fail to update on their CVs is the contact information, which normally includes their home and/or mobile number, email address, and sometimes, Skype ID. Even if you have a very impressive profile and you fit the requirements of a specific position, if you can’t be contacted, you won’t really get an interview invitation.
To avoid this: Make sure that your contact information are accurate and updated. Before sending out your resume, check if all information on your CV is correct.
5. You failed to follow specific instructions in the job ad.
While a resume and a cover letter are normally the only requirements when applying for a specific job, some employers and hiring managers have additional instructions or requirements for interested applicants, such as:
- Attach copy of your previous works
- Send your portfolio along with your resume
- When applying, include email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org in the CC of your email
- Put “I Am the Sales Rockstar You’re Looking For” as the subject of your email
- Address your cover letter to Mr. Henry Kwan Tung
The above instructions may not seem like a deal breaker, but not being able to follow simple directions like these may already give a negative impression about you as a candidate. Plus, for a hundred applications received, hiring managers will definitely prioritise those who followed their instructions.
To avoid this: Read the job ad a few times to make sure that you clearly understand what the actual requirements are. If the ad includes multiple instructions, do them one by one in order to not miss out anything.
Thus, before you apply for another job, check your CV and cover letter again (and again and again) — including all information in them — to ensure that nothing will go wrong.
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