• Adam Farrugia

5 Reasons Why Your Job Applications Are Being Rejected


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Applying for jobs is super stressful and keeping motivated can be tougher. You want to make a good impression, of course, but that’s often harder than you think and winds up with you sending in an application and living in a state of perpetual anxiety for days on end.


If your job applications are getting rejected all the time, there might be a reason why this is the case. In fact, there’s actually FIVE different reasons why they’re not scoring you that dream position. Let’s count them off.


You Aren’t ATS Compliant

You might think that all the CV’s sent to a company for a job get read by a person. Sometimes they do, but with the big corporations, they don’t. Instead, they’ll use something called the ATS - the Applicant Tracking System.


Basically, this is a helpful AI that will scan all the CV’s given to it, pick out the keywords that it has been programmed to search for, and separate applications based on their viability. Your best bet to get past this tough screening process is to load your CV up with keywords from the job description - make sure you do this tactically, though. Still not sure on ATS? Learn more with our latest article here.


No Passion in Your Application

If you want to get in with a chance of scoring an interview, you need a good spoonful of passion for the company you’re applying to.


Big corporations right the way through to family-owned cafes love CV’s loaded with passion. It shows that you’re willing to get behind the ethos of the company, to drive the brand forward in everything that you do.


Speaking of the brand and ethos, it’s a good shout to brush up on the mission statement of your target company. Learn their belief system inside and out, then make sure your CV showcases your appreciation of their practices.



It’s All in the Timing

You could be the fastest man alive, but it won’t mean anything unless you actually get in and apply for a job quickly.


Companies aren’t looking for a protracted hiring process. If they spot an applicant that’s going to fill their needs, they’ll get straight into interviews. You need to apply for a position the day it opens, even the hour it goes up. Fortune favours the bold, so apply quickly, and hopefully you’ll beat the latecomers.


It’s Not Them, It’s You

Hiring for a job is a lot like dating - you’ve got to be compatible if you’re going to make it work. A pretty big mistake that people make when applying for a job is that they don’t put any effort into presenting as a good candidate.


What does this mean in real terms? You’re not highlighting the right qualities. You need to point out relevant qualifications, your skills in certain disciplines, anything that will net you an advantage.


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Best Foot Forward

The fifth and final mistake people make when applying, and often the crucial one, is that they don’t sell themselves to the company.


Anyone can put down some qualifications and a job history on a sheet of paper. What you need is some passion, and a really good sales pitch. Outline why you’re the right person for the job. Make them want to hire you; you’ve got to sell yourself to the company to get in.


Compiling an impressive CV can be challenging. If you want to ensure that you get it right the first time, professional assistance is what you need. Up your chances of landing your next job faster by contacting FAC3 for an efficient resume service.

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