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Here’s the Real Reason Why Companies Reject Millions of Resumes

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Choosing among the millions of job applicants can be challenging. After all, someone’s got to fill that position, right? Unfortunately, not everyone will get an opportunity to prove their worth at any given work place. Why? Because there are so many job seekers out there who are applying for open positions and not making the cut due to a variety of reasons. When a company receives hundreds or even thousands of resumes from its prospective employees, it’s extremely difficult for HR managers to evaluate each applicant properly. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that every resume is thrown into the trash without further review. At some point, probably sooner than later, HR managers have to make a decision as to which applications they can proceed with and which ones need to be dismissed. Here’s a look at four common reasons why companies end up rejecting job applicants based on a mere glance at their resumes:

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Lack of Key Skills or Competencies

Recruiters compile resumes for a reason. Their goal is to find a suitable fit for each open position and make sure the person who fills it is qualified enough to do the job. Sometimes, however, they simply find a candidate’s application lacking in key skills or competencies. If you’re applying for a job that requires skills that you don’t possess, don’t worry. You can still apply for this position and hope that the company will be open-minded enough to consider your candidacy. You can also always retake the skills assessment test or look into acquiring those skills on your own.

Poor formatting and grammar

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It’s easy to overlook small mistakes when composing an application. Resumes can be created with the help of a resume builder, where formatting and grammar errors are bound to occur. Employers, however, have higher expectations when it comes to application errors. And yes, formatting errors like underlining the wrong section, poor indenting, or incorrect font formatting can easily be spotted by a human eye. However, it’s much harder to spot grammar and syntax errors like missing commas, incomplete sentences, and wordy phrases.

Inability to clearly communicate the role they’re applying for

It’s important to be honest with yourself and your potential employer when creating your resume and cover letter. (You should expect the same from your hiring manager.) If you’re applying for a customer service position that requires excellent communication skills, don’t sugarcoat your application and try to be deceptive about your past experiences. The same goes for positions that require hard skills like programming or engineering. It’s best to be honest and straightforward about your past experiences and skills.

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Employer doesn’t feel a connection with the applicant

It rarely happens, but employers can have a bad day or just have a bad feeling about a certain applicant. It could be anything from a bad first impression, a vague cover letter, or a poor interview performance. Whatever the reason, HR managers need to be confident that they’ve found the right candidate for each open position. When they don’t feel connected to a particular applicant, they can simply dismiss the person’s application.

Bottom line

Many job seekers make the mistake of believing that employers are born, not made. Wrong. They’re made, not born. As hard as it may be to accept, some employers simply aren’t feeling an applicant’s application. Bad formatting, missing skills or competencies, unclear communication skills, and a general feeling of “meh” are just four of the many reasons why a company might reject a job applicant. It’s important to know why hiring managers dismiss your application and take it from there. It’s also important to keep in mind that there are many ways to land a job.

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