1. You didn't plan your resume.
Writing a resume takes effort, research, planning, and an understanding of how the hiring pipeline, the system that employers use to manage the recruiting and hiring process, works. You need to tailor your resume to every single job you apply for in order to come across as the best candidate.
To tailor your resume effectively, you need to:
If your resume reads like all of the other candidates' resumes, how do you expect it to stand out? Many resumes fall flat because people use the same robotic language to present their experience in the same, old repetitive way:
3. Your resume lists more responsibilities than accomplishments.
Recruiters and hiring managers know that certain core responsibilities are associated with job titles. If your resume reads exactly like the job description, it won't go very far. When possible, qualify a core responsibility with a related accomplishment like in the example below.
4. Your resume is full of dense paragraphs.
Recruiters and hiring managers don't have time to read your resume word-for-word. Instead, they skim and scan until they find what they are looking for or something interesting catches their attention. Dense paragraphs of text like what you see below are much harder to read than clear and concise bullet points. On average, recruiters spend eight to ten seconds scanning a resume before making a decision.
5. Your resume has irrelevant information.
A finely tuned one-page resume filled with relevant experience and skills will create a much better impression than every single detail of your work history. Employers are interested in your most current experience (within the last couple of years) and much less interested in previous experience and your career objectives.
If you put important skills or experience on a second or third page, they won't be taken into consideration when your resume is initially considered. If recruiters don't see what they want to see on the first page of your resume, they are not going to dig through a second or third page to find what they're looking for because they are busy and have potentially dozens of other resumes to consider.
You need to present meaningful connections between your experience and the job you're applying for in a simple and organized way. Don't expect your resume readers to work hard to make the connection on their own.
6. It describes you in subjective terms.
The biggest gap in the hiring process is knowing that candidates and employers mean the same thing on paper. You can say that you have great customer service skills on your resume, but how can employers really trust that your self-assessment is accurate unless you qualify it up with facts or context? Qualify soft skills with specific details to make your resume stand out.