Why your Resume gets “trashed” and how to avoid it

 Why your Resume gets “trashed and how to avoid  it

Your resume is all important.

Life seems to be a numbers game and sometimes the numbers may not seem to work for you. We’ve compiled some statistics about rejected resumes which explain why some resumes are trashed. Learn the lessons so that you don’t be become part of these statistics.

Reasons your Resume is Rejected

  • Resumes are rejected for even one typo
  • Employers receive the first application within 3 minutes and 30 seconds of posting the job
  • One in three employers reject applications because of something they found online
  • There is a 17% change your cover letter will be read
  • 68% of employers will find you on Facebook
  • 76% of resumes are ignored if your e-mail address is unprofessional
  • 88% job rejection rate if you have a photo of yourself on your resume
  • 89% of businesses planned to use social media networks for recruitment in 2011: 86% LinkedIn, 60% Facebook, 50% Twitter
  • An average of 250 resumes are received for each job position

Pretty interesting information and of course not all employers follow all of these “rules”. Smaller firms will spend more time on a resume and cover letter, while larger HR departments must eliminate candidates more quickly. Don’t become a statistics!

Ways to get your Resume looked at

Here are some ways to make sure someone looks at your resume.  Make sure it has “neat copy” with no errors or mistakes.  Keep it to one page, so that it is easy to read.  Use headings and key words so that the employer can quickly evaluate your skills and capabilities.  Make it easy for the hiring person to understand how you are qualified for the job. You want to make them curious to meet you so that you will be given an interview.

The resume is the first step for you to sell yourself to others, so use it to your advantage..  Make sure it creates a positive reflection on you and what you can do.  Put your best foot forward while still telling the truth.  Be clear and concise as you communicate your job skills, knowledge and abilities.

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