With millions of Americans on the market and the economy still not back to its glory days, the job hunt can feel like a journey of endless rejection and defeat. You’re sending out your resume and cover letters left and right. You might even have interviews. But, you just are not getting hired for an internship or a full-time role. Why is that?
We gathered together a list from our co-workers here at 451 Marketing of the top ten reasons we don’t move forward with a candidate.
10. You show up in short shorts or an inappropriate top. First, this is Boston. Ten out of twelve months of the year, it’s way too cold for that. Second, if you don’t look like you are a professional, we won’t see you as a professional.
9. You claim to know someone in the company who has no idea who you are. At best, it’s confusing. At worst, it’s just creepy.
8. You were extraordinarily late or missed the interview and didn’t give us a heads up beforehand. First impressions are what interviews are all about. You don’t want unreliability as our first impression of you.
7. You didn’t research anything about the company before you came in for the interview, so when we ask, you know NOTHING about us or the services we offer.
6. You applied to a position requiring x number of years in the industry, and you have none. If you’re not qualified for the job, we can’t hire you for the job.
5. You tried too hard to quantify your experience with arbitrary numbers and graphs. If your layout is more impressive than your experience, we’re McKayla Maroney.
4. You told an overly dramatic life story in your cover letter – TMI! You are persuading us to give you a job, not your own Lifetime movie.
3. You didn’t attach your resume. What have you done? Actually, though, we have to see your experience.
2. You misspelled my name, or worse addressed your cover letter “To whom it may concern” when it clearly lists the hiring manager on the website. You can’t expect us to see you as someone if you don’t see us as someone.
1. The number one reason we won’t be hiring you? You referenced the wrong company name in your cover letter. If you’re applying to OUR company, we want to see OUR name. You wouldn’t want to see your friend’s name on your birthday card, would you?
As with any company, we are looking for the best of the best. Make it tough on us to let you go. Don’t overlook these simple considerations that truly do make the difference between one glance and a second look.
Ultimately, we want to be able to be sure about two things before we hire you. Are you right for the job? Do you really want to work here? If the answer to both is a definitive yes, then chances are – we’re going to hire you. It’s not rocket science, so take a look and see if you’re a culprit of any of the above.
The list doesn’t stop here, but it’s a start. Each step in the right direction gets you that much closer to where you want to be. Keep it up, and you will get there. Simple as it sounds, it comes down to this – Be honest, be smart, be you. Check out these cool visualizations for more job hunt advice.
Did these tips help? Are there others that should have made the cut?