Why am I discarded In My CV
Having a poorly written CV or not meeting the requirements of the offer can be reasons for discarding a selection process
Why are you ruling me out?” This is a question that many candidates ask me and surely many of you have asked yourself on occasion. Obviously, there is no single answer and the list of possible reasons is extensive: CV failures , lack of suitability for the position , application by companies of certain more or less justifiable criteria , etc.
Furthermore, we cannot forget the extremely high level of competition in the current job market: there are very few positions for many candidates and this translates into much higher demands from companies than we could find a few years ago, since they can choose from more candidates.
As it is impossible in an article to explain each and every one of the possible causes of rejection in a selection process, I am going to comment only on some aspects in which we can act:
A bad CV having a good profile
This would give for an entire article: An excessively long CV, an excessively short CV, bad presentation, a CV that does not include dates, that does not contain relevant information, that the professional objective does not coincide with that of the position, that includes an inappropriate photo, etc. . Do not forget that you will not have the opportunity to shine in the interview if they do not call you for it and they will not call you if you have a bad CV! Go over it again and again and don’t get rejected for having made avoidable mistakes in the writing of the document. You have a multitude of resources available to know if your CV is well done.
Do you really fit the profile?
If you think you fit the vacancies but you are not selected very often, also ask yourself if you really meet the profile of the offers in which you are applying: do I have the years of experience that they request?, the level of languages? The required qualification? Do my last jobs coincide with the vacancies in which I register?
It may be that the problem is that you are signing up for positions for which you do not have the required training or experience: in my experience, this situation is very common, since we tend to think that with our motivation and desire we can overcome all obstacles. Unfortunately, today the desire is not enough. To do this, consult with experts in the type of positions in which you are applying so that they can give you their honest opinion about your suitability for the position.
Personalized CV versus a “one size fits all” CV
Would you wear the same suit for all occasions? Why do you think then that a single CV will serve you for absolutely any type of position, company or sector? It should not be forgotten that recruiters, when they read a CV, always keep in mind the requirements of the position to be filled and search and track each CV in search of those points that coincide with those requirements: the more, the better: training, technology used , languages, functions developed, etc. As simple as that.
You must rewrite, therefore, your CV based on each offer or position, so that it coincides as much as possible with the requirements they ask for . In this sense, it is not that you invent and put things that you have not done, but that you use similar words, highlight functions or technologies that you have used or sectors in which you have worked (and that are also requested or coincide with those of the offer). In this way, we will have a better chance of passing the CV screening phase and moving on to the personal interview, which is what it is all about. Put yourself in the shoes of the selector and put in your CV what he is looking for!
The “intelligent enthusiasm”
Congratulations, you’ve made it to the interview. But unfortunately, it is not enough. What is it that tips the final balance between finalist candidates when there are practically no relevant differences in terms of their ability to perform the job? In the US they call it Intelligent Enthusiasm or intelligent enthusiasm.
By intelligent enthusiasm I don’t just mean smiling or being polite and saying that you are capable of doing the job, but it is expressed by aspects such as the questions you ask about the position and/or the company, the previous work of study you have done about the company, how you “sell yourself” and make an effort to make it look like you are the right person for the position, etc.
All of this is synonymous for the company with motivation and professional commitment. Put yourself in a situation and think about how you act in interviews : what message are you transmitting? Is your entire speech focused on the company, on its project, on what they need and what you can do for them? Or, on the contrary, do you talk about your needs or what you are looking for?