Why HR is Rejecting Your Resume


Who WOULDN’T hire this ?!

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?

  1. Experience: Do you have the skills asked for in the ad?
  2. Seniority: Do you have way more or less experience than they’re looking for?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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 =]

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Dishcrawl — The Funnest Way to Try Out the Best Santana Row Has to Offer


I tried out 4 new restaurants in Santana Row Monday night! Oh, and I only paid $40 ;D

Such is the beauty of Dishcrawl =] You get to try out appetizers, dishes and desserts at restaurants famous for certain specialties without dishing out the big bucks. I love it!

The evening got off to a good start with a lovely stroll around Santana Row — the rich sure know how to do spectacular decor!

And now, for the food =3 Check out the delectable dishes I got to try out!

First, we all met at LB Steak*

There, we were treated to…

Tuna sashimi bruschetta and breaded eggplant with goat cheese

And potato chips made from roots! By far the tastiest chips I’ve ever had =3

Root chips

Next, we walked over to El Jardin.

 

 

Sangria & margaritas

 

Tilapia ceviche

Don’t remember what these were called ><;

Then on to Rosie McCann’s for some hearty Irish food!

 

Roasted portobello mushroom, fish & chips, and a slider =3

Last, but not least, we ended on a sweet note at the Olin Avenue Market =]

Gelato!

Know what the best part is? There’s one of these babies at least once a week! Check out their website to find one near you and go taste some amazing food =3 I’m considering the Cognac Tasting and Food Pairing one ;D

*I “borrowed” (winking, wink) most of these pictures from Dishcrawl’s Facebook album since they turned out so much better than the ones I took O=] Credits go to the wonderful Ms. Cindy Garcia.