Job application: rejection in your CV?

Friday, February 19th, 2010 - CV Advice, CV Help, CV Writing, Employment, Job Application, Job Application Rejection, recruitment, tutorial

Job application: rejection in your CV?

Elaborate job application proceures

When job seekers make a job application, and are rejected, many think that its probably in their Professional CV that the problem lies.

But, on reflecting on a variety of statistics and personal experiences, I will happily tell you today that the problem is probably not in your CV. But most often, rejection from a job application is confirmed by your CV

Job application: experiment

Last year, we took 20 job seekers. For 10, we rewrote their CV and let them choose and apply for jobs how they wanted to. For another 10, we didn’t touch their CV’s, we just guided them on what jobs to apply for and how to apply.

The results? Equal numbers of the job applicants got employed from the two different groups in exactly the same ratio/outcome curve. All 20 are now happily employed.

Why should this be true?

Job application: ambition

Around one third of job applicants are rejected because of their own ambition.  People, and particularly man, like to move onwards, upwards and forwards. This means that the last job you had, becomes the floor level of the next job you want.

There is nothing wrong with this, but the question becomes, do you have the skills, qualifications and experiences to do the next job upwards? This follows into problems number two

Job application: communication

If you have the required skills, qualifications and experiences to do a job you see advertised, do you have the ability to communicate this to the recruiter or employer? In my early analysis of CV’s and Job Application – which is why I became a CV writer – of those rejected, equal numbers were rejected either because they didn’t have the required SQE combination, or could not communicate it.

You may say this is unfair or unacceptable: and I could agree with you. But is it really up to the employer to find and confirm that you have the right SQE combination, or the job seeker? The balance initially has to be on the job seeker, and it is for both the reasons of ambition and communication that I wrote the article Why Was I Rejected? This is effectively the same test that every recruiter and employer applies to every job applicant: pass it, and apply for that dream job

Job application: clarity

Do you know what you want to do? This seems like a simple question, but on my own statistical measurement, around a half of job seekers suffer from “Any Job Will Do” syndrome, and a third from an unclear next job objective.

If you can not communicate in your Personal Statement what you want to do, then how does an employer know how to position you?

Our solve for this problem is getting our Professional CV clients to focus on their Elevator Pitch. If you have that clear, then you have clarity of purpose.

Job application: method

The third reason for rejection is in the method of application. Lets assume that you have clarity of what you want to do, and know you are qualified for the jobs you find. How can you now be rejected from the process?

Firstly, job boards are full of “fishing” jobs. Before job boards, the cost of advertising a job was £300+. Now, its an average of £25, and possibly even free. So the ideal job you see may not actually exist, it may be there for the purposes of fishing for CV’s

Secondly, posting your CV to every jobs board means that you could be rejected before you even apply. Most recruiters will reject you after you confirm or are found on three or more jobs boards.

Thirdly, you could be seen as too available, and hence desperate. Neither employers or recruiters want to engage desperate job seekers.

Fourthly, you could be too internet reliant. People employ people. No one yet employs mass robots, so real job adverts have real managers behind them. Making people contact early results in lower job application rejection ratios.

Job application: made easy!

The answer for most job seekers when they are rejected is to focus on their CV. It is a tangible asset, and more easily focused on than ambition, communication, personal clarity or method.

All a poor CV does for the employer or recruiter is to confirm your unsuitability for a particular job. Giving you a better Professional CV greatly improves communication and personal clarity, but doesn’t address ambition or method of application. It is with this in mind that we created our Interview Guaranteed CV Service, which addresses both sides of job application: a Great CV, and the best method. It is why it has a full money back guarantee, and a job interview guarantee.

Good Luck!


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2 Responses to “Job application: rejection in your CV?”

  1. Kelli Teehan Says:

    Very interesting blog, to be honest great.Hope to see it further when i have more time.

  2. Ertley Says:

    Hi just thought i would tell you something.. This is twice now i’ve landed on your blog in the last 2 days searching for completely unrelated things on this subject. Thank You!

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