Title kind of gets the point across pretty clearly, doesn’t it?
See what I mean about inappropriate photos?
Here are some of the things you may be doing unwittingly that DON’T make you look like a good candidate:
Inappropriate profile pictures. It’s the oldest one in the book, but still super widespread. Pictures of you flipping someone off as your Google+ / Gmail logo? Probably doesn’t make you look very professional…. just saying. (Oh, and same goes for pictures of you looking drugged in lingerie on Facebook.)
Vulgar comments. Do you want the first impression your potential future employer has of you to be a public tweet claiming women “are ho’s and good for one thing only.” ? Pretty self-explanatory, right?
Iffy Humor. I once found a LinkedIn profile with this position listed: Hot Anal Sex at Over the Counter from 1969-1969. Yes, it did make me crack up since it was so out of place, but it definitely made me reconsider reaching out to that candidate!
Links on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is meant to be a professional platform, so I don’t recommend including links to personal websites or social media profiles that aren’t professional. ie, don’t include your Twitter profile where your personal URL leads to a website of you nude modeling (well, unless you’re only applying to modeling gigs!)
Privacy. Yes, you are entitled to is, so use it. Recruiters and hiring managers don’t need to have access to your Facebook profile (which we do if your privacy settings are set to public, ie for anyone and everyone to see), so if you even suspect there may be something in there that doesn’t look professional, you might just want to set it to “friends only.” No, this does not make you look suspicious — people are entitled to privacy. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have somehing to hide.
I know all of this sounds pretty common sensical, but it’s actually quite common and you may be sending out some of those negative signals without meaning to. Couldn’t hurt to double check just to make sure, right?
Yeah, it sucks. Even worse: recruiters / hiring managers / HR usually aren’t willing to give you a straight answer since you might try to argue with them or sue.
So what are the reasons your resume isn’t getting you anywhere? Well, you just don’t fit the profile! But what is this profile?
Experience: Do you have the skills asked for in the ad?
Seniority: Do you have way more or less experience than they’re looking for?
Loyalty: Do you skip around from job to job every 6-12 months? This may indicate to a hiring manager that you’re not going to stay at their company long. Hiring and training someone costs $$ so they’re hesitant to to spend it on someone who’s going to leave after only 1 year.
Consistency: Do you have a 5+ month gap without a job? This might make who ever is reading your resume wonder whether there is an important reason you had so much difficulty finding another job.
Communication: Many job ads now cite written and verbal communication as skills they want. While you can’t do much about verbal communication until you’ve got someone on the phone, the email(s) you send can have a huge impact! Do you have obvious grammatical mistakes? Use a lot of slang or unprofessional language? Type in all caps? All of these reflect on your written communication style and aptitude.
Miscellaneous Requirements: Is this position only for locals (no budget for relocation)? For candidates with a university degree? All these and other factors go into the decision whether or not to consider interviewing you.
Silly Mistakes: I’m not talking about grammatical mistakes here (although a very poor grasp of English grammar can be worrisome… ) Did you send a blank email with no message or attachment?
Email Filter: Have you been checking your spam filter? Recruiters send a lot of emails out everyday so sometimes our messages end up in your junk folder.
What it comes down to is, someone has a very specific profile in mind and the minions reading the resumes and sending out sad rejection emails (or not — another post coming on that soon) are bound by that.So please, don’t shoot the messenger. Just read this post and ask Q’s!
Ways to counterbalance some of these are coming in another post soon =]