Have you applied for a job without any response? We often apply for a job and believe we will be instantly shortlisted, called for an interview and get hired. But this is rarely the case. There are many reasons why candidates are not shortlisted for further process.

Here are a few.

Your CV is not clear: Your resume is one of the first things that any recruiter sees.

If it doesn't give your basic introduction, your career background, experience and career plan, there is a high chance that you will not be shortlisted.

Hence, it is a good idea to have a clear CV highlighting your experience and expertise that the company is looking for. Customise your CV according to the company's needs and show how your expertise matches its requirements.

You have not completed the forms properly: Most of the applications are made online.

If you have not filled up the forms correctly, for example, you have failed to include your recent qualifications or experience, there is a high chance you will not be entertained.

You are applying for a positions that does not match your skills: How many of you read the job description and requirements fully while applying? In my experience, I have seen hundreds of people who apply for a position without even analysing if they are fit for the role.

When you apply for all the jobs, the recruiter gets the idea that you are not serious about your career and will apply everywhere, anywhere.

Salary expectations: Have you just graduated and have no prior experience or zero knowledge of the corporate world? And in your application you have mentioned very high salary expectations.

True, until a fresher is hired, there can be no experience. It is also true that with the increasing inflation, it is hard to survive on a paltry sum.

However, from a business point of view, salary is based entirely on the value you can add to the company. An unrealistically high or even low salary expectations can lead recruiters to disqualify you.

Hence, it is always better to have realistic expectations.

While quoting salary expectations we study market trends and judge your skills and knowledge as well as your past work experiences in the given field.

And always understand that in the end if you develop enough capabilities, you can always earn more.

In today's cut-throat job market, getting a job is never easy.

However, just know that you are not alone in the rat race – there are thousands of candidates with similar qualifications, similar experiences and similar skill sets. Therefore, try to unearth your own USP and put that in your CV.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 5, 2021 of The Himalayan Times.