Are you getting rejected for jobs? This can be for many reasons.

First, many corporate job openings receive a lot of resumes. Glassdoor estimates that each job posting receives approximately 250 applicants. Employers call in five to six candidates for interviews from these applicants.

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Consider second the time it takes for hiring managers to go through every resume for a job opening. It takes an average of six to seven seconds for an employer to decide whether to call the applicant for an interview. Employers will spend less time reviewing each resume if they receive more applications for a job.

Many hiring managers scan resumes instead of reading them.

Resumes that are easy to read stand out. Hiring managers tend to focus on job titles, dates, work experience, and other relevant information. These elements should be easy to understand, which will increase your chances of being called for an interview.

How to be noticed

In my 14 years of experience hiring employees for companies, I found that the best candidates did some things right. They didn’t leave finding a job open to chance. They were proactive and put themselves in a position that made it almost impossible to discard their job application.

These are five tips to help you stand out when applying for a job.

1. Write a customized cover letter

When I was reviewing resumes, one of the most common mistakes I saw was a boilerplate cover letter. It was obvious that most applicants sent the same cover letters to every job opening. This turned me off immediately. This meant that the candidate couldn’t spare the time to write a customized cover letter for each job opening.

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For each job posting, write a cover letter. Include the company name in the cover letter. Include the job title for which you are applying. Include why you are applying and what your experience makes you the best candidate.

2. Your resume should be tailored to the job

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Your resume should be tailored to the job, just like your cover letter.

Specific skills should be highlighted in the job description. Employers will appreciate the importance of key terminology in your resume. If Microsoft Office expertise is essential for the job, you should move Microsoft Office higher on your list. Your skills should be prioritized based on what the job requires. Your hiring manager will be able to see.

Resumes that are tailored to the job requirements make for great resumes. Only the information the employer requires to vet you for the job is included in a resume. There is nothing more.

3. Make use of your network

Reach out to your network instead of applying for a job cold. Sometimes, it is possible to get by without the application process altogether if someone from your network recommends you. My network was responsible for more than half the jobs I have held throughout my career.

This is, frankly, why we have a community. Make use of it. Ask around for opportunities. Look for businesses that need your assistance. If you know someone who works there or receives a referral from a trusted colleague, your chances of finding a job will be greatly increased.

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4. Do not be afraid to follow-up

If you don’t hear from an employer within a few weeks of submitting your resume, it’s okay to contact them again. Give the employer time to read through your resumes, and don’t be pushy. Many job opportunities require hundreds of resumes. Depending on the size of the company, it may take several weeks to review all applicants.

Keep in touch with the employer once but keep your professional demeanor. Move on to other opportunities if the employer doesn’t respond to you within a few days. You can only frustrate the employer by following up on multiple occasions.

As a hiring manager, I remember several times when I would go back through a stack of resumes and relook at a candidate after getting a professionally-written follow-up email. In some cases, I called them for an interview. It works. But, the important thing is to remain professional. Be patient.

5. Check your social media

Many employers will conduct Google searches to find the best candidates before scheduling interviews. To ensure that you don’t lose job opportunities, pay attention to what you post online. This is more common than you might think.

Don’t, for instance, post on social media about your boss or your job. Avoid political discussions as they can be dangerous.

This holds especially for social media platforms where your name is included, such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Keep in mind that what you post online will reflect on you. Make sure your social media activities aren’t preventing you from moving forward in your career.

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It is important to stand out when applying for a job. There are hundreds of applicants for every job opening. These techniques will help you stand out from the rest and increase your chances of getting the job.