Reasons Why Most of Your Job Applications End Up in The Trash

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LolGetting a job these days has become extremely hard. The reason for this phenomenon may not be far fetched. It could be attributed to the higher demand for jobs as against limited positions available. Every year by year, the rate of unemployment deteriorates. School leavers keep adding to the yet to be employed ones, thereby making it highly competitive for limited vacancies available for filling. 

This latest development in the job market has made it necessary for job-seekers to do their homework very well before applying for any position. For your Resume/CV to win the confidence of employers, there are a number of works that you will need to carry out on them. 

It is very important to note that thousands of applications are received for every good job vacancy. More important is the fact that employers don't find it easy to review all these applications. As a matter of fact, employers hate reading CVs as much as we hate writing them. To make your application stand out from other applications, you will need to apply the following strategies next time you apply for a job. 

1. Cover Letter

Your cover letter is the number one selling tool you have to market yourself to recruiters. The way you organise your cover letter will go a long way to determine if the recruiters will read your CV/Resume. The content of your cover letter is also very paramount to your job hunt success. 

Many people make the mistake of writing a lengthy cover letter. They forget that employers are very busy and have thousands of applications to review. Job recruiters prefer concise but powerful cover letters. So, when writing a cover letter, try to use three to five sentences to sell yourself to employers. Present your unique skills and potentials without wasting much time. Lengthy cover letters will only end up boring your recruiter. 

Therefore, try to use your cover letter to win the interest of recruiters to read your CV. One of the ways to do this is to study the job requirements very well and streamline your cover letter to satisfy them. Your cover letter should be able to demonstrate in strong terms what you can offer the company should they hire you. In that case, the recruiter will have the encouragement to review your CV where you stated more about yourself. 

2. Not Tailoring Your CV for Each Application 

If your CV is going to impress every person in the recruitment team, then it needs to show each one of them that you have the requisite skills to perform the role. Unfortunately, some people make that mistake of submitting same CV for all their job applications. It is necessary to narrow down your CV to shot the requirements of each job you are to apply for. You should always ensure to modify your CV to suit the requirements of the particular job you are applying for. This modification are mostly done on the profile or objectives as the case may be. 

There is need to read each job description properly, after which you edit your CV to ensure that those sought-after skills are featured prominently and stand out to readers. Particularly, you should aim to pack the top part of your CV with as many relevant terms as possible, this will create an instant impact as soon your CV is opened.

3. CV Structure

Some people like to tell stories when writing CV/Resume. Apart from your profile or objectives, you have no need for paragraphs or sentences in presenting your qualifications. Time is of great essence to every hiring manager. They detest CVs that are structured in such a way as if someone is presenting a life biography. They usually prefer the information in a bulletted form. Make your information as simple as possible. Present it in such a way that a recruiter be able to understand it by just glancing through it. 

4. Not Matching Your Responsibilities With Achievements

In your past job experience section, you are required to state the core responsibilities of your job. In the same vein, you should also state the extent of your achievements to those responsibilities. The essence of this is to measure your performance on the previous job. Many job-seekers fail to supply this relevant information. Your failure to match up these two requirements sometimes suggest to  employers that you performed very poor in your previous experiences.


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