Why is my CV being rejected

Is your CV or job application being rejected constantly? There could be various reasons for this. From not being suitable for the roles you are applying for to making mistakes on your CV, whether it is the layout, format or lack of clarity. Below are a few reasons why a CV might be rejected:

You are not using keywords

It may be the case that you are not using the correct keywords, and therefore not passing the applicant tracking system (ATS) test. The ATS test heavily relies on keywords to choose the right candidates, so make sure you are not sending a generic CV. Populate your CV with the right keywords. Check the job posting for keywords and ensure they appear on your CV. Match them!

You are not using an ATS friendly format

Nowadays companies and recruiters use ATS software, to filter CVs, and if your CV is not formatted in an ATS friendly manner, then it will automatically be rejected.

Avoid using PDFs because not all ATS software is able read them. Use a Word format instead. Don’t use graphs or images; again as the ATS software is unable to recognise them.

Use the same font and don’t use too many colours. When it comes to formatting, keep it clean and simple.

You are inexperienced/ under qualified

Sometimes it may be the case that you are applying for jobs you are simply not qualified enough for. Check, do you have the experience and qualifications they are looking for? If the answer is no, don’t bother because they will receive plenty of interests from applicants with those qualifications and experience.

Do you still feel you can do the job? Perhaps you can, but the hiring managers or recruiters don’t know this, so start from a humble place and work your way up. This could be a more junior role or it could be an internship, to get your foot in the door.

You have been out of work for too long

Career gap is a problem for jobseekers. Why? Because employers don’t like people who take a career gap! They think they are not serious about their career or that those who take gaps have other options. If you have been off work for a long period, don’t ignore this on your CV, give a reason. Were you travelling, were you on parenting leave, or sick? Explain the reason – it could lead to a different outcome.

For more tips on how to write a better CV, see our earlier articles. If you would like one of our experts to give you a free CV review, please get in contact.

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