Have you applied for a job your perfect for and never received an opportunity to interview? Did you sit around wondering how you didn’t even meet the criteria for an interview? You’re not alone. However, if you’re the hiring individual, are you missing out on the perfect individual to take your company to the next level? When a hiring manager posts a new position, it’s not uncommon for them to receive hundreds of resumes. Therefore, companies have to figure out ways of weeding out the stack. Through my research and relationships with employers, I have determined three of the most common reasons why qualified applicants never receive an interview.
Killed by software
Most mid to large size companies use human resources software to put together job descriptions and post open positions for their company. This same software will analyze incoming resumes and immediately determine whether the applicant is qualified to be reviewed by the hiring manager or human resources. I’ll be honest in saying; I’ve been a victim of hiring software more times than not. Creative types, especially those in marketing are always looking for a way to stick out from the herd; so many create unique resumes to prove their creativity. I’ve redeveloped my resume over time to make it look more standardize, but I still have specialized sections throughout my resume to showcase my ability to organize a great deal of information. When I’ve asked companies why I didn’t qualify for an interview, they tell me “I didn’t even see your resume.” The software caught it first even though I had the qualifications.
Being a millennial
I’m not saying that simply being ages 21-32 (average consensus of a millennial) is not going to get you a job. Let’s face it; it’s against the law to discriminate because of age. However, a quick glance at a resume and you immediately can tell if someone is of the generation where they switch jobs more often, there’s not a consistency in their work history, and are still trying to figure life out. I believe it’s different than how things use to be where you went to college, got a degree, and found a job in your industry where you will stay for the rest of your life (or until you get a midlife crisis and completely switch to something else). Most millennials spend the first ten years of their career truly experiencing many types of jobs they’re interested in to determine what may be best for them. When employers see this type of behavior, it makes them fearful that you won’t commit to their company, or you won’t have the consistent experience they need to complete the job. However, for many millennials, they can share with you why they have the type of work experience they do in an interview. This will allow you to determine whether or not they would be a good fit.
Focus on degree, and work history
I understand this one. You’re looking for an auto technician, and they’ve spent the last five years being a massage therapist. Massaging body parts is different than engine parts. However, college makes you think. For many businesses, they give a specified title for an employee that might not truly align with all the work they do especially in small businesses. When I owned my own company, I was VP of Marketing. However, since we were very small, I was also operations, human resources, marketing, sales, graphic designer, promoter, and business owner. If someone is motivated, has experience, and can learn fast, don’t cut them out yet. Give them an interview.
The job market is tough. Whether you’re looking for a job or the hiring manager for a job, everyone wants the same thing: to see your organization succeed. I’m not telling you to stop the way you weed out the applicants but simply being mindful of the next best employee in the middle of the stack. It could change your organization forever.