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15 good reasons why your CV may have been rejected!

author Sobhan Mohmand, Career Expert         date 18 Apr 2021

Reasons why my CV has been rejected: bad presentation, irrelevant to job advertised, etc.

Are you sending out many CVs but never seem to get a positive response?

Part of the job hunting experience is accepting the fact that not all applications submitted will successfully lead to an interview with the employer.

Prospective employers will readily reject a CV if it doesn’t meet their requirements and – unfortunately – the vast majority of applications fall under this category.

Common reasons why your application wasn’t successful

As you go through the list below you will quickly realise that some of the reasons why your CV was rejected may NOT have been because there is a PROBLEM with YOU… So remember not to take job rejections too hard on yourself.

Let’s begin: the CV…

  1. wasn’t accompanied by a Cover Letter;
  2. arrived later than the specified closing date for applications;
  3. was irrelevant to the Job advertised;
  4. was accompanied by a photo of the applicant (and went straight into the bin);
  5. was excellent but there were applications more suitable for the job;
  6. was good, but due to huge volumes of applicants the CV was never read;
  7. was poorly presented and printed on cheap paper;
  8. didn’t reach the intended person;
  9. didn’t focus on the candidate’s achievements;
  10. lost the reader’s interest (too long, difficult to follow, unstructured);
  11. contained too little (relevant) information;
  12. contained too much (irrelevant) information;
  13. included spelling or grammar mistakes;
  14. included misleading and/or false information (inc. inflated and exaggerated claims);
  15. indicated that the applicant wasn’t qualified for this particular job position.

You can almost use the above-stated reasons as a short checklist to find out the reason(s) why you haven’t managed to secure an interview yet.

Benefits of receiving a rejection letter

Usually, you will not hear anything back at all, which may be annoying, but for some candidates, receiving the infamous rejection letter can be even worse to deal with…

They usually start off with:

“Dear Applicant, we regret to inform you that based on our hiring criteria, we are unable to consider you further for an employment opportunity with our company…”

The advantages of receiving such letters are:

  • You can take this particular job out of your mind and start focusing on other opportunities since you know for sure that you will not get this job;
  • It usually states the reasons why you didn’t get the job (so you can work on those area/weaknesses and make improvements!);
  • It provides you with further motivation to do it better next time!

How to deal with rejections

There are two approaches that you can take when your CV has been rejected:

  1. 1) Lose hope: give up, blame yourself for being useless, and… do nothing; get depressed, have low self-esteem and let people walk all over you as a result.
  2. 2) Accept that it is part of the process to be rejected a number of times; remind yourself that ‘failure is the mother of all success’, be motivated to do it better next time, review your CV, make improvements, apply for other jobs and have the hope and determination that you will find your ideal job – no matter what!

It is people who take the second approach that are successful in life.

Which path will you take?

“Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” – Unknown

Written by Sobhan Mohmand
Sobhan is a qualified Careers Advisor and Professional CV Writer with over 10 years of experience in helping job seekers get a job. He is a Member of the Careers Development Institute (CDI) and is listed on the official UK Register of Career Development Professionals. He holds a Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development (QCF).