Never Miss Out On Another Interview
By Careers Desk
Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
When you’re applying for a job, your first task is getting to the interview stage. This won’t happen every time, but if you’re applying for ten jobs, five applications should lead to an interview. That’s the general rule and if it doesn’t something is going wrong that you need to fix. Something about your application is spooking employers. Here are some of the issues that might mean you never get asked to attend an interview.
Spelling, Grammar, And Style On The Resume
You might think that for some positions spelling and grammar aren’t going to be important. On the contrary, mistakes in your resume show that you don’t pay much attention to detail. If that’s the case you’re going to have a lot of work trying to convince someone to hire you, that’s for sure. Luckily, spelling and grammar mistakes are easy to fix. And if you don’t trust yourself, have someone else look over your CV. Make sure there is nothing that would cause an issue in your application. Style is a little trickier because certain employers and recruitment agents favor different styles. Generally speaking, though, you should think about leaving as little blank space as possible. You want your CV to look as though it’s filled with knowledge and experience.
You might think that you have killer references on your CV. It is worth giving the people you’ve put down a call, though, particularly if you haven’t asked their permission first. They might not be happy that you’ve used their name without asking. And even if you did, do check with them what they’ll be saying. Perhaps they feel there were certain areas where you let them down. If that’s the case, they are probably not the best reference. Instead, you should think about using someone who was sad to let you go as an employee.
It is possible that you have a criminal record and you may not even realise this is the case. If you have ever been a person of interest in a criminal case, this could be on your record. It’s not quite the same as being convicted of a crime, but it still doesn’t look great to an employer. You should consider using a criminal expungement service to wipe the slate clean if this is the case. Expungement can be an option for a variety of reasons including if the crime is considered to be historical. Usually, if it’s more than ten years old, you can get any issue with the law wiped from your records.
No Social Presence
You might think that a clean social presence is good news. There’s nothing they can find that’s going to be embarrassing, but it also suggests you’re not that active in your career or your personal life. Most employers are looking for a team player and an extrovert. That’s why it is worth setting up a few professional profiles if you don’t already have one. This will ensure that employers can see who you are and what you can offer.
Fix these issues, and we’re sure you’ll be called in for a lot more interviews and have a better chance of getting your dream job.