Do you ever wonder why you don't get called for interviews? The sheer numbers of job applicants can be one reason.
Companies can get hundreds of applications for every job opening and in this competitive market, you need to be perfectly qualified for the job to get considered. Being overqualified as well as being underqualified can be held against you.
Another reason could be your resume and cover letters. I heard from an employer recently who told me that they received over 50 resumes for the last job the company posted. Over 90% of the candidates had misspellings in their resume or cover letter, and about 50% had grammatical errors in addition to the misspellings.
I've even heard from job seekers who realized after they had applied that they had a typo in their email address or phone number, just about guaranteeing they wouldn't hear back from the employer.
The last thing you need to become is one of those statistics, because if you have a mistake, you're not going to get called for an interview. You may not, unfortunately, get called anyway, but having perfect job application materials will boost your chances.
Proof all your job search correspondence, then ask someone else to read it over for you and proof it again. It's very hard to catch your own mistakes and it's very important to make sure all the resumes and letters you send are perfect. Before you send your application materials, use this cover letter checklist to make sure that you have included all the appropriate information.
Here's more information on the reasons why you didn't get hired including the top reasons candidates aren't selected for an interview and the reasons why you may not get a job offer even if you interview really well.
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