Manager Explains Why He’s Ignoring Your Resume

Posted May 17, 2013

Manager Explains Why He’s Ignoring Your ResumeA recent reddit post by a person purporting to be a manager who is in the process of filling an entry-level administrative position provides some great insight into why some resumes get passed over.

Here are some things to think about the next time you send your resume to a prospective employer:

No relevant experience with no cover letter -- I read a resume first. If there is no obvious experience or background, I look for a cover letter to explain why someone wants this position. I'd say < 10% of all applicants submit a cover letter. If no relevant experience and no cover letter, I figure they are throwing resumes in the wind and hoping something will stick. I pass on.”

5+ years of experience in any field or education beyond a Bachelors -- I understand this is a low-paying position and the #1 reason applicants withdraw their application is because of the pay. If you have a graduate degree and/or are a seasoned applicant, big chance you will not settle for 35K. I move on.”

Does not live close to the area -- I've had applicants withdraw their applications because they are not willing to move or commute long distances for a 35K position. If someone mentions in a cover letter that they are looking for positions in my area specifically, it's something I'm willing to consider.”

And he listed a few more reasons:

  • “Typos. Blah! Proofread!”
  • “One guy talked in his cover letter about how he battled alcoholism, lives in poverty and needs a job to take care of his sick mother. It was too much personal information and I felt very uncomfortable after reading that.”
  • “One guy sent in a hardcopy of his resume when the instructions are very clear to apply online. I don't like applicants who ignore instructions ...  his resume was ignored.”

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