When your CV is rejected it is very important to obtain feedback. This can be frustrating as very often there is a lack of response provided or a standard ‘Dear John’ reply.
Below are three common reasons for rejection:
If you are declined for having too much experience, this can be because a CV illustrates excessive skill and/or education. This is of course, not entirely negative however employers will generally question your application. Basically little can be gained from submitting an application that could be suitable for a Financial Controller position when the employer is only looking for an Assistant Accountant.
Ask yourself the question: should I remove my key skills and experience so I can apply for this job? This can be a tight juggling act as you must re-align your CV with the role you are applying for. You must ensure that transferable skills are clearly specified and the vast majority of your skills can be matched to what is required in the position now, not in five years time. A hiring manager putting a short list together just wants to know 3 things:
2. Wrong team or culture fit
If you are rejected on the basis of ‘culture fit’ this not necessarily related to ethnicity. This rejection can be used quite generally by employers and some additional analysis is often needed to pinpoint the exact meaning of the rejection.
You can counter this rejection by demonstrating transferable skills and/or transferable experiences/competencies in your resume.
3. Wrong industry fit
This could apply if perhaps you have only ever worked within one industry and have a lack of relevant industry experience.
It is completely normal for employees to change industries every few years and is also quite normal for employees to face a wall when attempting to write a relevant CV.
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